September 2020 – Council Meeting Details

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September 14 - 17, 2020

To be held via webinar



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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 14

9 AM - Noon: Council Session - CLOSED

1:30 PM - 5 PM: Council Session

Tuesday, September 15

9 AM - 11:00 AM: Council Session

11:00 AM - Noon: Snapper Grouper Committee

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Snapper Grouper Committee

4:30 PM - 5 PM: SEDAR Committee

Wednesday, September 16

9 AM - Noon: Dolphin Wahoo Committee

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Dolphin Wahoo Committee

4:00 PM: LIVE PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION (click here to sign up to give public comment during this session)

Thursday, September 17

9 AM - Noon: Executive Committee (Partially CLOSED)

1:30 PM - 5 PM: Council Session


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Live Public Comment Session: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 4:00 PM 

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

Approval for Formal Review:

  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 12 (Adding Bullet and Frigate Mackerel as Ecosystem Component Species to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan)


Click Here to Sign-Up to Give Public Comment During the Session beginning at 4 PM on September 16, 2020 

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Written Comments - Instructions and Deadlines for Submission

public_commentComment period opens on August 28, 2020.

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 7, 2020: 
Written comments (online and those submitted by mail/fax) received by close of business the Monday before the meeting (9/07/20) 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 the Council.

September 8 - September 17, 2020: 
Individuals that wish to submit comments after September 8 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 (09/17/20) will be a part of the meeting administrative record.


The following agenda highlights will be up for discussion during the meeting:

  • Emergency Actions: Under Council Session, the Council will discuss Emergency Actions to provide relief to fishermen following COVID-19.


  • Allocations: Under Council Session, the Council will discuss options for how to move forward with possibly adjusting allocations.


  • Dolphin Wahoo: Work continues on draft Amendment 10 to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan which considers adjustments to multiple management measures for the dolphin and wahoo fisheries. The Committee will also consider approving Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 12, which adds bullet and frigate mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan as Ecosystem Component Species. Afterward, the Committee will receive a presentation on Dolphin tagging research in the region.


  • Snapper Grouper: The Committee will review an Options Paper describing ways to modernize the Wreckfish ITQ program. In addition, the Committee will review an Options Paper which considers how the Council can end overfishing and revise the rebuilding plan for Red Porgy.





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