Public Hearings & Scoping Meetings

How They Work

Scoping Meetings & Public Hearings are considered an important step in the management process because they give stakeholders an opportunity to,

  • Learn more about proposed actions and management measures being considered by the Council;
  • Speak with Council members and staff about the draft actions being considered, and
  • Give formal public comment on the record about their ideas and suggestions on the proposed measures.

Meetings

 

Helpful documents, presentations, and public comment forms will be available at the tabs below. Take a look if you'd like to learn more about each amendment and to provide your on-record comment.

 

The Council will hold a series of scoping meetings via webinar pertaining to Amendments 51, 52, and 53 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. The amendments adjust catch levels for snowy grouper, golden tilefish, and gag based on results of the latest stock assessments for those species, respectively, and consider adjusting management measures where needed. In addition, Amendment 52 considers changes to recreational accountability and management measures for blueline tilefish.

Public Scoping Webinars February 1, 2, & 3, 2022 to cover:

  • Snowy Grouper (Snapper Grouper Amendment 51)
  • Golden Tilefish & Blueline Tilefish (Snapper Grouper Amendment 52)
  • Gag Grouper (Snapper Grouper Amendment 53)

 

Webinar Registration:

 

Helpful Documents and Presentations:

 

 

 

 

Public Comment:

Verbal public comment will be accepted during the public scoping webinars following the presentation and questions.

Other comments must be received by February 4, 2022 at 5 PM.

Written Comments:

Use the online forms below to submit written comment electronically relevant to each amendment:

Comments by Mail: Send comments to John Carmichael, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405

Comments by Fax: 843/769-4520

Release Mortality Reduction & Red Snapper Catch Levels

The Council is soliciting input on ways to reduce the number of fish that die after being caught and released in the South Atlantic snapper grouper fishery. The Council intends to develop a Release Mortality Reduction Framework Amendment to address this issue across the fishery and revise red snapper catch levels.

 

Helpful Documents & Presentations

 

 

During the Council’s June 2021 meeting, staff provided an explanation of the SEDAR 73 stock assessment results and initial implications for management of Red Snapper and the snapper grouper fishery as a whole. A video recording of the presentation is provided below.

 

Public Comment:

Comments must be received by February 4, 2022 at 5 PM to be included in meeting materials to be presented at the March Council Meeting.

Online Comments: Use the online form below to submit written comment electronically:

Comments by Mail: Send comments to John Carmichael, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405

Comments by Fax: 843/769-4520

 

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