September 2016 – Council Meeting

NOTE - CHANGE IN START TIME: On Thursday, September 15th, the meeting will begin at 8:00 AM!

SAFMC Council Meeting

September 12-16, 2016

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes 
8121 Amalfi Place
Myrtle Beach, SC  29572 
1-877-403-7676 or 843-913-1333

Meeting Conclusions: will be posted at the conclusion of the Council meeting

Full Meeting Agenda (posted 8/26)

Briefing Book Materials (posted 8/26)

Written Comments: NEW! 

Instructions and Deadlines for Submission:

  • September 5, 2016: Written comments received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (September 5) will be compiled, posted to the website as part of the meeting materials, and included in the administrative record.  Please use the online comment form to ensure your comments get distributed immediately to Council. 
  • September 6-15, 2016: Individuals that wish to submit comments after September 5 must use the Council’s online comment form. Comments will automatically be posted to the website and available for Council consideration. Comments received prior to noon on Thursday of the Council meeting (9/15) will be a part of the meeting administrative record. 
  • NOTE: The online comment form can not accept images, graphics or pdf attachments. So, if you have images or figures to submit with your written comments or a PDF letter with multiple signatures, please e-mail the written comment (with figures and/or signatures) as a PDF attachment directly to to be posted under the Other Comments folder on the briefing book materials web page.

Submit Your Comment -

Comment Period Now Closed

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Read Online Comments -

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Note: All comments submitted using the online comment form are posted to the Council's website and available for the Council and the public to view. 

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Schedule At-A-Glance:

{Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public comment sessions, the times indicated on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the completion of agenda items. Interested parties should be aware that meetings may start earlier or later than indicated.}

Monday, September 12

8:30 am - 12:00 pm Parliamentary Practice Workshop
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Habitat Protection & Ecosystem-Based Management Committee
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Information & Education Committee

Tuesday, September 13

8:30 am - 9:30 am SSC Selection Committee (CLOSED SESSION)
9:30 am - 11:00 am Advisory Panel Selection Committee (CLOSED SESSION)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm SEDAR Committee 
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Snapper Grouper Committee
5:30 pm Informal Q&A with NMFS staff and Council Chair

Wednesday, September 14

8:30 am - 12:00 pm Snapper Grouper Committee
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Joint Dolphin Wahoo/Snapper Grouper/Mackerel Cobia Committee
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Mackerel Cobia Committee
5:30 pm  Formal Public Comment

Thursday, September 15

8:30 am -  9:30 am  Mackerel Cobia Committee
9:30 am - 10:30 am Law Enforcement Committee
10:30 am - 11:30 am Protected Resources Committee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Data Collection Committee
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Committee
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Executive Finance Committee

Friday, September 16

8:30 am - 12:00 pm ~ Council Session~


Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 PM - Public Comment
Formal public comment accepted on amendments scheduled for final approval and other meeting agenda items. See the meeting agenda and briefing book materials for details. Amendments scheduled for final approval include:

  1. Snapper Grouper Amendment 37 (Hogfish)
  2. Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 4 (Atlantic Cobia)
  3. Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 5 (Modify Permit Restrictions for King Mackerel)


Mackerel Committee Meeting

  • Atlantic Cobia Management - The committee will review public hearing comments on potential actions for CMP Framework Amendment 4 that may include changes to bag limits, vessel limits, minimum size limit, accountability measures, the start of the recreational fishing year, and a step-down for commercial harvest when commercial landings have reached a certain percentage of the commercial ACL. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for review by the Secretary of Commerce. 

Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting

  • Mutton Snapper Management - Review of public hearing comments on Snapper Grouper Amendment 41 to revise biological parameters, catch levels, and management measures for mutton snapper. 

  • Hogfish Management - Final review of actions in Snapper Grouper Amendment 37 to implement management measures for the two stocks of hogfish in the South Atlantic - FL Keys/East FL stock and the GA/NC stock. The Council is scheduled to approve the amendment for review by the Secretary of Commerce. 

Joint Dolphin Wahoo/ Snapper Grouper/ Mackerel Cobia Committees: 

  • Dolphin & Yellowtail Snapper Management - Review of scoping comments on Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10/Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 that will address allocations for dolphinfish and yellowtail snapper.

  • For-hire Limited Entry - Review of options for establishing a limited entry system for for-hire federal permits. This would effect permits participating in the for-hire sector for the South Atlantic Dolphin Wahoo, Snapper Grouper, and Coastal Migratory Pelagic fisheries.

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