September 2019 – Council Meeting Details

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September 16 - 20, 2019

Town & Country Inn
2008 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407

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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, September 16
  • 8:30 AM -Noon: Roberts Rules Training
  • 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Personnel Committee/Council (CLOSED)
Tuesday, September 17
  • 8:30 AM - 12 Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee
Wednesday, September 18
  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Protected Resources Committee
  • 8:30 AM - 12 Noon: Dolphin Wahoo Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Dolphin Wahoo Committee
  • 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Executive Finance Committee
Thursday, September 19
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Habitat Protection & Ecosystem-Based Management
  • 10:00 AM - 12 Noon: Joint Habitat, Shrimp, and Golden Crab Committee
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Mackerel Cobia Committee
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Executive Finance Committee
Friday, September 20
  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Council Session

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Since Monday of the Council Meeting will be training or closed session, there will be no webinar that day.

In-Person Public Comment: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 4:00 PM

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

Approval for Formal Review:

  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29 (Best Practices and Powerheads)
  • Wreckfish ITQ Review

Approval for Scoping:

  • Coral 10/Shrimp 11/Golden Crab 10 (Access Areas/Transit Provisions/Golden Crab VMS)
  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10 (Revisions to Dolphin & Wahoo Management Measures)

Approval for Public Hearings:

  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 8 (King mackerel trip limits, season 2)
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 34 (NC & SC SMZs)

Other Items of Interest:

  • Red Snapper
Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

public_commentComment period opens on August 30, 2019.

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


Note: The online comment form accepts 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 9, 2019: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (09/09/19) 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 10 - September 15: 
Individuals that wish to submit comments after September 9 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 (09/19/19) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.


  • Formal Public Comment Session, Wednesday,September 18th beginning at 4:00 PM.


  • Red Snapper- The Snapper Grouper Committee will review comments from the public hearings for Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 33, which considers options for modifying the red snapper season.


  • Best Fishing Practices and Use of Powerhead Gear - The Snapper Grouper Committee will continue to discuss proposed requirements for the use of descending devices, venting tools, and circle hooks, as well as changes to restrictions on powerhead gear. The Council is scheduled to approve Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29 for formal secretarial review.


  • Dolphin Wahoo- The committee will continue to discuss management options for both dolphin and wahoo to include in draft Amendment 10 to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan.



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