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Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 20, 2016
Contact: Kim Iverson
Phone: 843-571-4366
Email: kim.iversonatsafmc.net

Reminder! Question and Answer Webinars For Proposed
Management Measures Begin Tonight

Public Hearing/Scoping Meetings start next week

Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m.

  • 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.

Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m.

  • 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).

Join Council staff as they review actions proposed in each amendment and address your questions. Registration for the webinars is required. Information is available from the Public Hearing and Scoping Meeting page of the Council's website at www.safmc.net.

Summary documents for each amendment are also available from the website. Note: Formal public comment will not be accepted during the Q&A webinars.

Public Hearings/Scoping Meetings

The Council is holding a series of public hearings and scoping meetings addressing the proposed management measures. 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.

SAFMC 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 PM

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.

012016 SAFMC


Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 19, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Meeting set to organize North Carolina Commercial Fishing
Resource Fund procedures

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee will meet with the North Carolina Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Funding Committee at 2 p.m. Thursday at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters Office, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.

This will be the first meeting of the two committees, charged with deciding how to spend money from a fund receiving partial proceeds from commercial fishing license sales. The committees are scheduled to begin developing a memorandum of understanding that establishes the procedures for agreeing to and authorizing disbursements from the fund.

In 2014, the N.C. General Assembly approved a fee increase for six commercial fishing licenses, which began this fiscal year. Under the new law, proceeds from the increased fees goes into a Commercial Fishing Resource Fund to pay for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations under incidental take permits for the commercial fishing industry under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Division of Marine Fisheries’ Observer Program collects at-sea information about commercial and recreational catches by observing fishing, either onboard fishermen’s vessels or from a division vessel operated near the fishing activity. Observer coverage is a requirement of the state’s Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit and Atlantic Sturgeon Incidental Take Permit for the gill net fisheries. Without this coverage, the state’s gill net fisheries must close.

Any additional money from the fund is to be used for projects to develop and support sustainable commercial fishing in the state. Spending from the fund must be approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Funding Committee, made up of six commercial fishing representatives.

The Marine Fisheries Commission voted in February to delegate the commission’s funding decisions to a Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee comprised of members of the commission holding the three commercial fishing seats.

The meeting is open to the public.

An agenda is attached.

For more information, contact Nancy Fish, in the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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