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.

 

Public Scoping: Establishing a Shrimp Fishery Access Area along the Northern Extension of the Oculina Bank Coral Habitat Area of Particular Concern (Coral Amendment 10)

February 8 & 9, 2021

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Helpful Documents and Presentations 

  • Public Hearing Summary Document 
  • Public Hearing Presentation 

Public Comment:

  • Submit Comment - coming soon
  • Read Comments - coming soon

Public Scoping: Modifications to Red Porgy Catch Levels (Snapper Grouper Amendment 50)

February 3 & 4, 2021

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Helpful Documents and Presentations 

  • Public Hearing Summary Document
  • Public Hearing Presentation 

Public Comment:

  • Submit Comment - coming soon
  • Read Comments - coming soon

Public Hearings: Dolphin & Wahoo Management Measures (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10)

January 26, 27, & 28, 2021

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The draft amendment proposes multiple actions to address dolphin and wahoo management measures:

  • Actions that accommodate revised recreational data and catch level recommendations
    • Revise the total annual catch limit for dolphin to reflect the updated acceptable biological catch level
    • Revise the total annual catch limit for wahoo to reflect the updated acceptable biological catch level
    • Revise sector allocations and sector annual catch limits for dolphin
    • Revise sector allocations and sector annual catch limits for wahoo
  • Actions that change accountability measures 
    • Revise the trigger for the post-season recreational accountability measures for dolphin
    • Revise the post-season recreational accountability measures for dolphin
    • Revise the trigger for the post-season recreational accountability measures for wahoo
    • Revise the post-season recreational accountability measures for wahoo
  • Actions that implement various management revisions in the dolphin and wahoo fisheries
    • Allow properly permitted commercial fishing vessels with trap, pot, or buoy gear on board that are not authorized for use in the dolphin wahoo fishery to possess commercial quantities of dolphin and wahoo  
    • Remove the requirement of vessel operators or crew to hold an Operator Card in the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery
    • Reduce the recreational vessel limit for dolphin 
    • Allow filleting of dolphin at sea on board charter or headboat vessels in the waters north of the Virginia/North Carolina border
    • Revise the wahoo vessel limit
    • Revise the wahoo bag limit

 

Helpful Documents and Presentations

 

Public Comment:

 

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