News Release Archives - Jan. 2013
Date: Jan. 28, 2013
Contact: Ann McElhatton
Opinion on Fisheries Electronic Reporting Requested from
Atlantic Coast Fishermen and Dealers
Arlington, Va. (Jan. 24, 2013) — The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) has brought together fishermen, dealers and fisheries managers to evaluate electronic reporting on the Atlantic coast. The first part of this project is a survey to collect attitudes and opinions from Atlantic coast fishermen and dealers about the current state of
John Carmichael, with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Project Leader, explains “Fishermen and data managers both appear to have strong opinions on electronic reporting programs, so this project was begun to describe those opinions and better understand their basis. Information from this survey will be critical to addressing the concerns of the end users as future electronic reporting programs are considered. A great aspect of the project is how scientists and fishery representatives are working together. For example, the questions asked in the survey, and how they are worded, were largely determined by the fisheries representatives. This gives a bit of a different, and I think appropriate, tone to the survey than other efforts fishermen may have encountered.”
The survey is titled, “Improving Our Understanding of Atlantic Coast Fisheries Electronic Reporting” and can be filled out at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACCSP_ereporting. This project will be collecting information from the survey link or paper copies until May 31, 2013. If you do not have access to a computer you can also get a paper copy of the survey by calling 703-842-0782 or from any of the regional fishery councils or most state fisheries agencies.
The second phase of the project will be a workshop in Fall of 2013 reviewing this survey information, as well as other surveys and papers on the subject of fisheries electronic reporting. Overall goals of the project include
1) creating recommendations on current electronic reporting programs and approaches,
2) identifying frequently asked questions on electronic reporting systems,
3) evaluating the real costs and benefits electronic reporting systems, as well as
4) improving outreach and public understanding of electronic reporting systems.
The final product will be a report released in the Spring of 2014.
Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Contact: Kim Iverson
Phone: 866-SAFMC-10 or 843-571-4366
Federal Fisheries Managers Hold Meetings of Public Interest
Public Scoping and Hearings for Snapper Grouper Species, Dolphin and Wahoo Begin January 22
If you fish in federal waters more than three miles off the South Atlantic coast, chances are there is a meeting scheduled in the coming weeks that is of interest to you. Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are considering changes to regulations for fishermen targeting species in the snapper grouper management complex. Measures include changes to crew member limits for dual (for-hire and commercial) permitted vessels, bag limit retentions for captain and crew on for-hire vessels, and requirements to harvest and sell blue runner, a species commonly caught in conjunction with Spanish mackerel and a popular baitfish. In addition, the Council is seeking public input on measures proposed for both dolphin and wahoo. A series of public scoping/hearings are being held in January to provide information and solicit public input. In February, the Council will hold a Marine Protected Area (MPA) Workgroup meeting and advisory panel meetings. Please see the list below and mark your calendars. All meetings are open to the public. Additional information, including public scoping/hearing documents, meeting agendas, overviews and briefing book materials are posted on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web site at
as they become available.
January 22 – 30, 2013 – Public Scoping /Hearing Meeting Series
The Council will hold a series of meetings from New Bern, N.C. to Key Largo, Fla. to get input on two fishery plan amendments. The Council is soliciting public input as part of the scoping process for Amendment 5 to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan. The amendment would revise management parameters such as Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC), Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), sector allocations, and other values for dolphin and wahoo based on updated recreational estimates, modify the dolphin sector allocations, and other measures. Public hearings will be held on Amendment 27 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. The amendment includes measures to modify crew limits for dual federally permitted snapper grouper vessels, bag limit retention for captain and crew on for-hire vessels, alternatives for the harvest of blue runner, and more. Copies of the public scoping/amendment documents are now available from the website or Council office. Meetings will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
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Mighty Eight Air Force Museum
175 Bourne Avenue
Pooler, GA 31322
|January 28 |
4670 Salisbury Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256
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Hilton Garden Inn
5265 International Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29418
|January 29 |
Doubletree by Hilton Cocoa Beach
2080 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
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New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
203 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28563
|January 30 |
Holiday Inn Key Largo
99701 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
February 4-6, 2013 – Marine Protected Area Workgroup Meeting
The Council will host a Marine Protected Area Expert Workgroup meeting February 4-6 in North Charleston, S.C. Experts from across the country will gather to address the use of MPAs to reduce bycatch mortality associated with speckled hind and Warsaw grouper. Both species are highly susceptible to overfishing, and because they are caught in deeper waters, few survive when captured and released. The Council is considering using MPAs, including modification of current deepwater MPAs, to help reduce bycatch mortality. This is the second meeting of the MPA Expert Workgroup. An earlier meeting was held in April 2012 and recommendations provided to the Council. Meeting details and briefing book materials are available from the Council’s website. Meeting location: Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, 4381 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; phone 800-503-5762 or 843-744-4422.
February 6-7– Joint Law Enforcement Advisory Panel and Information and Education Advisory Panel Meeting
The advisory panels will meet jointly from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM on February 6th to receive updates on development of a regulations application (app) for smart phones, discuss outreach and enforcement issues associated with the use of Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS), possible use of FAQs for enforcement outreach, and other issues. The two APs will meet separately on the following day. Meeting agendas and briefing book materials will be posted online as they become available. Meeting location: Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, 4381 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; phone 800-503-5762 or 843-744-4422.
The next meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be held March 4-9, 2013 at the Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center, 5445 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Meeting information will be available from the Council’s website at it becomes available.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council News Release 011513
Date: Jan. 14, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
State Certifies New State Record Scamp, Gag Grouper
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified two new state record catches, one for scamp and the other for gag grouper.
Toby Grantham of Knightdale caught the 27.6-pound scamp while fishing off Atlantic Beach Sept. 25. The fish measured 40 inches in total length and had a 26.25-inch girth.
Grantham caught the fish with a Shimano Stella 8000SWPG rod and Black Hole Cape Cod Special 54S 250g reel, using a Blue Water Candy Roscoe Jig on 50-pound line test.
North Carolina previously did not have a state record scamp. To establish a state record fish, the angler must submit an application that is reviewed by Division of Marine Fisheries staff and a N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament Advisory Board. The fish must be exceptionally large for North Carolina waters and within a reasonable range of the world record.
The world record scamp weighed 29 pounds, 10 ounces and was caught off the coast of Alabama in 2000.
Timothy Gallimore of Ocean Isle Beach set the state record for gag grouper with a 46-pound fish he caught May 1, 2011 on live bottom in 200 feet of water southeast of Ocean Isle Beach.
The fish measured 44 inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail and had a 28.5-inch girth.
Gallimore used live pinfish for bait on 80-pound braid line test with a Shimano TLD 25 reel on a Penn Standup rod.
Gallimore’s gag grouper was caught previous to and replaces the record 43-pound, 8-ounce fish caught May 12, 2012 off Morehead City.
The world record gag grouper weighed 80 pounds, 6 ounces and was caught off the Florida coast in 1993.
For more information, contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or email@example.com.
Download photos of Grantham and Gallimore with their catches at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/011113-gallimore-grantham.