The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the King & Spanish Mackerel Advisory Panel (AP) and Snapper Grouper AP in North Charleston, SC.
The meetings will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2013 until 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013.
The meetings will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; telephone: (800) 445-8667 or (843) 308-9330; fax: (843) 308-9331.
The items of discussion in the individual meeting agendas are as follows:
King & Spanish Mackerel AP Agenda: Monday, April 22, 2013, 9 a.m. Until Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12 p.m.
1. Discuss and provide recommendations for Mackerel Amendment 19,
which addresses bag limit sales of king and Spanish mackerel, reduces
inactive king mackerel permits, and addresses income requirements for
commercial king and Spanish mackerel permits.
2. Discuss and provide recommendations for Mackerel Amendment 20,
which pertains to: changes in Gulf group zones; transit provisions in
Florida waters; and allocations for king and Spanish mackerel in North
Carolina. The amendment also addresses framework procedure
modifications as well as updated Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for cobia.
3. Discuss and provide recommendations for South Atlantic Framework
Actions, which considers: a change in the king mackerel minimum size
limit; modifications to transfer-at-sea provisions for the Spanish
mackerel gillnet fishery; changes in the king mackerel commercial trip
limits; and modifications to the Spanish mackerel quota and trip limit
Snapper Grouper AP Agenda: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 1:30 p.m. Until Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12 p.m.
1. Receive an update on the April, 2013 Scientific and Statistical
Committee (SSC) Meeting, including: the application of the Only
Reliable Catch Stocks (ORCS) methodology to specify Acceptable
Biological Catches (ABCs) for unassessed snapper grouper species
included in the Comprehensive ACL Amendment; and the black sea bass
2. Receive an update on both future and completed snapper grouper
3. Receive presentations on: Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS); an
electronic monitoring (EM) pilot study on snapper grouper bandit
vessels; and the Fishery Independent Reef Fish Survey.
4. Receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 30, pertaining
to the consideration of VMS for the commercial snapper grouper fishery.
Discuss the amendment and provide recommendations.
5. Receive an overview on Regulatory Amendment 14, which addresses
management measures for the following snapper grouper species: greater
amberjack; mutton snapper; gray triggerfish; hogfish; black sea bass;
vermilion snapper; and gag grouper. Discuss the amendment and provide
6. Receive overviews on: regional allocations for black sea bass;
and Visioning and Strategic Planning for the snapper grouper complex.
Discuss the overviews and provide recommendations.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come
before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject
of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to
those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues
arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action
under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's
intent to take final action to address the emergency.