Marine Protected Area Workshops 

The Council held a series of workshops to give the public the opportunity to provide data on locations of speckled hind and warsaw grouper as well as important habitat areas for these two species. Previously held MPA Workshops included: May 16, 2012 in Pooler, GA; and April 18, 2012 in N. Charleston, SC. The Council considered input from the first two public workshops during its June 11-15, 2012 meeting in Orlando, Florida. 

Additional MPA Workshops in NC and FL were held in conjunction with Public Hearings in August 2012.  The Council considered input from the additional workshops and the use of MPAs to address bycatch of speckled hind and warsaw grouper during its September 10-14, 2012 meeting in Charleston, SC. 

The Council accepted comments regarding the use of MPAs for speckled hind and warsaw grouper through August 20, 2012. 

MPA Workshop Summary

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Expert Workgroup Meetings

New! February 4-6, 2013 Meeting

Register - Monday, Feb 4, 1:30 - 6:00pm

Register - Tuesday, Feb 5, 8:00am - 6:00pm

Register - Wednesday, Feb 6, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Final Report and MPA Expert Workgroup information provided to Council for the March 2013 SAFMC meeting briefing book:


MPA Expert Workgroup Meeting Minutes February 2013

MPA Expert Workgroup Report from February 2013 meeting

MPA Rankings (Excel file)

MPA Expert Workgroup Minority Report

Presentation to Council March 2013 on MPA Expert Workgroup meeting results


May 16-17, 2012 Meeting

A group of experts met from May 16-17, 2012 in Pooler, GA to provide scientific input on using MPAs to help protect speckled hind and warsaw grouper by reducing bycatch mortality. Selection of experts was based on knowledge and expertise on these two species, their habitat, and/or fishery.  Expert Workgroup Overview 

A copy of the Final Report from the MPA Expert Workgroup was provided to the Council in June 2012.  After reviewing public comment, MPA Public Workshop recommendations, the MPA Expert Workgroup Report and recommendations from the Science and Statistical Committee (SSC), the Council opted to move forward with exploring the use of MPAs, including holding additional MPA Workshops.  (see above for schedule)  

May 2012 Expert Workgroup Meeting Materials:

Workgroup Meeting Agenda

Briefing Book Materials:

Attachment 1     April 2012 SSC Report

Attachment 2     Snapper Grouper AP Report April 2012

Attachment 3a   Law Enforcement AP Recommendations 1998

Attachment 3b  SERMA Final Report 2011

Attachment 3c  Law Enforcement AP Recommendations 2012

Literature/Articles of Interest:

Babcock MacCall et al 2011

Botsford et al 2009

Coleman et al 2011

Field et al  2006

Hart  2006

Heyman 2011

Heyman Wright 2011

Lindeman, et al. 2000

Minority Report - Snapper Grouper Amendment 17B

Federal Register Notice - 90 Day Finding for Speckled Hind

Federal Register Notice - 90 Day Finding for Warsaw Grouper

Zinskin 2008 - Thesis for Speckled Hind