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Release: Immediate
Contact: Kim Iverson
Date: Oct. 18, 2019
Phone: 843-571-4366

Opportunities for Public Comment on Proposed Changes in Federal Fisheries Management

Designations to restrict gear use on artificial reefs in N.C. and S.C., modifications to commercial king mackerel trip limits, and shrimp transit provisions

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The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently seeking public comment on a variety of proposed changes affecting federal fisheries management, including designating specified artificial reefs off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina as Special Management Zones to restrict the types of gear that can be used to harvest snapper grouper species. The designations are being considered at the request of each state's marine resources agencies. Public comment is also being solicited on proposed changes to the trip limit for the commercial king mackerel fishery in the Southern Zone and measures to modify transit provisions for shrimp vessels.

Learn more about the proposed measures with summary documents and video presentations, provide written comment online, and mark your calendar to participate in the webinars!

Public Scoping - Designation of Special Management Zones in N.C. and S.C.
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 34
October 28-30, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Webinars with Listening Stations in N.C.

The draft regulatory amendment contains actions to:

  • Establish 30 Special Management Zones (SMZs) at permitted artificial reef sites in federal waters off the coast of North Carolina. Within the SMZs, harvest of snapper grouper species by spear would be limited to the recreational bag limit.
  • Establish four additional SMZs at permitted artificial reef sites in federal waters off the coast of South Carolina. Harvest of snapper grouper species would only be allowed with handline, rod and reel, and spear (without powerheads) and harvest would be limited to the recreational bag limits.

SMZ Public Comment Period Now Open - Webinars with Listening Stations Scheduled
Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 34 Summary Document, video presentation, and the Online Comment Form are now available from the Council's website at: https://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/
Register now to participate in the public scoping meetings via webinar or participate in-person at designated listening stations in North Carolina. Details are available from the Council's website.

Public Hearings - Modifications to Commercial Southern Zone King Mackerel Season 2 Trip Limits
Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 8
October 29-30, 2019 5:00 p.m.
Webinars
The draft amendment would modify the trip limit for the commercial king mackerel fishery in the Southern Zone (NC/SC line to Miami-Dade/Monroe Co. boundary) during Season 2 (October 1st to the end of February). Access the Public Hearing Summary, view the video, submit comments online and register now to participate in the scheduled webinars.
https://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/

Public Scoping - Shrimp Transit Provisions

Amendment 11 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan
November 5 and 7, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Webinars
The draft amendment proposes modifications to current transit provisions during cold-weather closures of the fishery. Additional information is available at: https://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/

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