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 Hearing Listening Stations: Red Snapper Seasons Modifications

The Council is considering adjusting the season timing for red snapper via Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 33. 

August 12 - 15, 2019

Helpful Documents & Presentations:

 

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open from noon on July 29 to 5 PM on August 16, 2019.

You can attend the public hearings at the following locations or by listening in via webinar. All meetings will begin at 6 PM with a presentation from Council staff, a Q&A session, and an opportunity for public comment.

Monday, August 12, 2019    

  • Jacksonville University
    2800 University Boulevard, N.
    Jacksonville, FL  32211
    (Meeting in Davis College of Business Conference Room 171)
  • Webinar Registration

 

  • Murrells Inlet Community Center
    4462 Murrells Inlet Road
    Murrells Inlet, SC  29576
  • Webinar Registration

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • Willie Gallimore Recreation Center
    City of St. Augustine
    399 Riberia Street
    St. Augustine, FL  32084
  • Webinar Registration

 

  • Haddrell’s Point Fin to Feather
    887 Ben Sawyer Boulevard
    Mt. Pleasant, SC  29464
  • Webinar Registration

 

  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
    Coastal Resources Division
    One Conservation Way, Suite 300
    Brunswick, GA 31520
  • Webinar Registration

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

 

  • NC DMF Southern District Office
    127 Cardinal Drive Extension
    Wilmington, NC  28405
  • Webinar Registration

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • Kiwanis Island Park Recreation Center
    Doyle Carlton Room
    951 Kiwanis Island Park Road
    Merritt Island, FL  32952
    (Meeting in Doyle Carlton (DC) Room)
  • Webinar Registration

 

 

Scoping Webinars: Adding bullet and frigate mackerel as ecosystem component species to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan

The Council is considering adding bullet mackerel and frigate mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP as ecosystem component species, acknowledging the role the two currently unmanaged species play as important prey for both dolphin and wahoo.

May 7 & 9, 2019

The webinars will begin at 6 PM. Registration is required:

Helpful Documents & Presentations:

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open at noon on April 23, 2019 to 5 PM on May 16, 2019.

 

Public Hearing Webinars: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29

The draft amendment addresses use of best fishing practices to improve survival of released snapper grouper species, including the use of descending devices and/or venting tools to release fish experiencing barotrauma (injury due to expansion of gas when reeled up from depth) and modifications to current  non-stainless steel circle hook requirements. The amendment also includes measures to modify powerhead regulations.

April 30 & May 1, 2019

Webinar Registration:

The webinars will begin at 6 PM. Registration is required:

Helpful Documents & Presentations:

Public Comment:

The online public comment form will be open at noon on April 16, 2019 to 5 PM on May 10, 2019.

 

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