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Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 25, 2016
Contact: Kim Iverson
Phone: 843-571-4366
Email: kim.iverson@safmc.net

Reminder!
Public Hearing/Scoping Meetings Begin this Week

Council Seeks Input on Proposed Charterboat Reporting Requirements;
Management Measures for Hogfish, King Mackerel and Mutton Snapper


The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is holding a series of public hearing/scoping meetings from Morehead City, North Carolina to Key West, Florida to solicit public input on proposed management measures. The hearing/scoping meeting series begins tonight with a hearing in Richmond Hill, Georgia. See the schedule below and plan to attend a meeting in your area to learn more and comment on measures proposed in the following amendments:

  • For-Hire Reporting Amendment:
    The amendment would require mandatory electronic reporting for federally permitted charter vessels (6-pack) and modify existing reporting requirements for headboats to help improve data.
  • Mackerel Amendment 26:
    Measures for Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic King Mackerel include: boundary modifications; revising annual catch limits; incidental catch allowance for the shark gill net fishery, split seasons; and other measures.
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 37:
    Modifications to hogfish management include: designating two stocks in the South Atlantic, measures to rebuild the "Florida Keys/East Florida" stock (increase minimum size limit, establish a commercial trip limit, reduce bag limit and establish a recreational season).
  • Snapper Grouper Amendment 41 (Scoping):
    The Council is considering options for management of mutton snapper following a recent stock assessment. Options include modifying the current recreational bag limit of 10 fish per person/day, and reductions in the bag limit during the mutton snapper spawning season. Note that FWC is also soliciting input during selected hearings (see below).

Additional information on the amendments, including video overviews and summary documents, is available from the
Public Hearing and Scoping Meeting page of the Council's website.

Note: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also holding a series of public workshops to gather public input on the management of mutton snapper in state waters. These workshops will be held in conjunction with selected public hearing/scoping meetings as noted below.

Written comments:
Written comments may be submitted until February 10, 2016. Details for how to submit comments are available from the Public Hearing and Scoping Meeting page.

AFMC Winter 2016 Public Hearings and
Scoping Meeting Schedule
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.*

Monday, January 25
Richmond Hill City Center
520 Cedar Street
Richmond Hill, GA
Phone: 912-445-0043

Monday, February 1
Hilton Garden Inn
180 SW 18th Avenue
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Phone: 954-924-9204
(In conjunction with FWC)

Tuesday, January 26
Hilton Garden Inn Airport
5265 International Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: 843-308-9330

Tuesday, February 2
Hawks Cay Resort
61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
Duck Key, FL 33050
Phone: 305-743-7000
(In conjunction with FWC)

Wednesday, January 27
Murrells Inlet Community Center
4450 Murrells Inlet Road
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Phone: 843-651-7373

Wednesday, February 3
Marriott Beachside Hotel
3841 N. Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-296-8100
(In conjunction with FWC)

Thursday, January 28
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
Central District Office
5285 Hwy 70 West
Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: 252-726-7021
*NOTE: Begins at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3
International Palms Resort and Conference Center
1300 North Highway A1A
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Phone: 321-783-2271

 

Monday, February 8
Public Hearing via Webinar for For-Hire Amendment and Mackerel Amendment 26
Registration Required
*NOTE: Begins at 6:00 p.m.



012516 SAFMC


Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 22, 2016
Contact: Mary Vara
Phone: 727-824-5305
Email: mary.vara@noaa.gov

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations for Snapper-Grouper and
Golden Crab in the South Atlantic, and Dolphin and Wahoo
in the Atlantic Region

Small Entity Compliance Guide

The final rule for the Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment including: Amendment 34 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Golden Crab of the South Atlantic Region, and Amendment 8 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic published in the Federal Registrar on January 22, 2016 (81 FR 3731). Regulations will be effective on February 22, 2016.

The final rule:

  • Revises commercial and recreational sector allocations, and annual catch limits for dolphin in the South Atlantic. The commercial sector allocation for dolphin will increase from 7.54% to 10%, and the commercial annual catch limit will increase from 1,157,001 to 1,534,485 pounds whole weight. The recreational sector allocation for dolphin will change from 92.46% to 90%, and the annual catch limit will change from 14,187,845 to 13,810,361 pounds whole weight.
     
  • Revises the accountability measures for black grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, greater amberjack, red porgy, gag, golden tilefish, red grouper, snowy grouper, gray triggerfish, hogfish, scamp, Atlantic spadefish, bar jack, the other snappers complex, the other jacks complex, the other shallow-water grouper complex, the other porgies complex; wreckfish (recreational), and golden crab (commercial).

Accountability measures are ways fishery managers prevent annual catch limits from being exceeded and to correct overages of the catch limits if they do occur. These measures can include in-season closures, and post-season paybacks, such as reducing the length of the next fishing season or reducing the annual catch limit in the next fishing season. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information on accountability measures for the commercial and recreational sectors.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

More Information
For more information on the final rule for the Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment, please follow this link to the Frequently Asked Questions: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/2014/am_dolphin_allocation/index.html

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