September 2018 – Council Meeting Details

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RESCHEDULED to September 30 - October 5, 2018

Town & Country Inn
2008 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will postpone its quarterly meeting originally scheduled for September 16 - 21, 2018 in Charleston, SC due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. The rescheduled Council meeting will be held September 30 - October 5, 2018 at the originally planned location: Town and Country Inn at 2008 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC.

A Recreational Fishing Workshop originally scheduled prior to the Council meeting has also been rescheduled for Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Town and Country Inn.

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{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.}

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Monday, October 1

1:30 PM - 1:40 PM: Swearing in of new Council Members/NMFS

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM: AP Selection Committee (Partially CLOSED)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: SEDAR Committee

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: SOPPs Committee

Tuesday, October 2

8:30 AM - 9:30: Spiny Lobster Committee

9:30 PM - 12:00 Noon: Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee

Wednesday, October 3

8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Mackerel Cobia Committee


Thursday, October 4

8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Executive Finance Committee

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Council Session

Friday, October 5

8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Council Session

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In-Person Public Comment:

Wednesday, October 3rd @ 4:00 PM

Public comment will be accepted regarding the following agenda items in addition to other topics.

Approval for Formal Review:

  • Snapper Grouper Abbreviated Framework 2 (Vermilion Snapper and Black Sea Bass)
  • Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Regulatory Amendment 27 (Commercial)
  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 6 (King Mackerel Trip Limits)
  • Spiny Lobster Amendment 13 (Update Management Procedure & Bully Nets)

Approval for Scoping:

  • TBD

Approval for Public Hearings:

  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32 (Yellowtail Snapper Accountability Measures)

Other Items of Interest:

  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29 (Best Practices & Powerheads)
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 47 (For-Hire Permit Modifications)
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 30 (Red Grouper Rebuilding)

Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

public_commentComment period opens on August 31, 2018.

Written comments must be submitted using the online comment form linked below.

Note: The online comment form is now able to accept attachments.

Once comments are submitted using the online comment form, they are posted to the Council's website for the public to view.

If you are unable to access a computer, comments may also be submitted via mail or fax to:
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
N. Charleston, SC  29405
Fax: 843-769-4520


September 24, 2018: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (September 24) 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 25 - October 4, 2018: 
Individuals that wish to submit comments after September 24 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 (10/04/18) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.

  • Snapper Grouper Committee
    • Snapper Grouper Abbreviated Framework 2, which looks at adjustments to the annual catch limits for vermilion snapper and black sea bass, is up for formal approval.
    • Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Regulatory Amendment 27, which includes actions for split seasons and trip limit adjustments in the commercial snapper grouper fishery, is up for approval.
    • The Council will review the public comments collected during the August scoping meetings for Regulatory Amendment 29, which addresses best practices and the use of powerheads in the snapper grouper fishery, and discuss how to move forward with the amendment.
    • Snapper Grouper Amendment 47, For-Hire permit modifications, went out for scoping webinars in August. The Council will review the comments collected during those scoping meetings and continue to discuss the amendment.
  • Mackerel Cobia Committee
    • CMP Framework Amendment 6, which adjusts commercial king mackerel trip limits, is up for formal approval.
  • Spiny Lobster Committee
    • Spiny Lobster Amendment 13, which addresses bully nets and updates management procedures, is up for formal approval.
  • Habitat Protection & Ecosystem-Based Management
    • Representatives from the New England Fishery Management Council and the Mid-Atlantic will come together during the Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee meeting to discuss changes in migratory patterns being observed as ocean temperatures continue to warm and other environmental changes occur.


Recreational Workshop

Materials for the Recreational Workshop, hosted by the American Sportfishing Association, the Coastal Conservation Association, and Yamaha Marine Group, will be available in Tab1 of the Council Meeting Briefing Book. This workshop is being held in part to address the high levels of recreational discards occurring in fisheries in the South Atlantic.


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