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Marine Fisheries - SAFMC Seeks Public Input

Marine Fisheries

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Contact: Kim Iverson
Phone: 843-571-4366
Email: kim.iverson@safmc.net
Release: Immediate
Date: July 10, 2012

Federal Fishery Managers Seek Public Input During Series of
Meetings Scheduled for August

Fishermen, seafood dealers, federal commercial and for-hire (charter and headboat operators) and all interested persons are invited to attend a series of meetings conducted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from August 6-16, 2012. Public hearings, workshops and informal input sessions will be held as part of the meeting series. Issues to be discussed include:

Public Hearings

  • Modifications to commercial and for-hire permits and reporting requirements
  • Protocol for closing federal waters in conjunction with state waters to help protect over-wintering shrimp
  • Modifications to federal seafood dealer permits and reporting requirements

Informal Public Input

  • Management measures affecting king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and cobia
    • Sale of bag limit king and Spanish mackerel
    • Tournament sale of king mackerel
    • Sale of cobia
    • Elimination of latent effort in the mackerel fisheries, and more...

MPA Workshops (N.C. and Fla.)
The Council is seeking input on the occurance of speckled hind and warsaw grouper and the use of marine protected areas to reduce bycatch.

Meeting Schedule
Aug. 6 - Richmond Hill, Ga.
Aug. 7 - Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 8 - Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Aug. 9 - Key Largo, Fla.
Aug. 14 - North Charleston, S.C.
Aug. 16 - New Bern, N.C.

Additional details are available from the Council's website at www.safmc.net or by contacting the Council office at 843-571-4366 or Toll Free 866-SAFMC-10.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for the conservation and management of of marine resources in federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the east coast of Florida. For additional information contact Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer at kim.iverson@safmc.net or call 843-571-4366 or Toll Free 866-SAFMC-10.

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

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