Environmental Protection Advisory Panel

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Habitat and Environmental Protection (Habitat) Advisory Panel (AP) to provide input on measures in Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 and other habitat related topics. 

DATES: The Habitat AP meeting will be held May 15, 2012, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Persons interested in participating in the webinar should contact Mike Collins via email at mike.collins@safmc.net or by calling the Council office at (843) 571-4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC-10. Information will also be available from the Council's Web site at www.safmc.net.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free: (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the Habitat AP will meet via webinar from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on May 15, 2012. The AP will review management measures currently in the draft Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Management Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3). Measures under consideration include, but are not limited to, extension of existing deepwater Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern, and measures to reduce bycatch mortality on speckled hind and Warsaw grouper through the creation or expansion of marine protected areas. The AP will provide recommendations on measures for inclusion into a public hearing draft for CE-BA3 and discuss other habitat issues as needed.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of Marine Protected Area (MPA) Expert Workgroup and Public MPA Workshop in Pooler, GA. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

DATES: The Expert Workgroup meeting will take place May 16-17, 2012. The public workshop will take place May 16, 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322; telephone: (912) 748-8888; fax: (912) 748-0209.

    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC, 29405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC, 29405; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free: (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the Marine Protected Area Expert 

Workgroup will meet from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on May 16, 2012 and from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 17, 2012. The group of experts, including scientists and fishermen, will provide input on using MPAs to help address bycatch mortality of speckled hind and warsaw grouper. Selection of participants was based on knowledge and expertise of these two species, their habitat, and/or the fishery. Public input on data for the Expert Workgroup to consider will be taken from 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on May 16, 2012.

The Marine Protected Area Public Workshop will begin at 6 p.m. on May 16, 2012. The workshop is part of a series of workshops being held to give the public the opportunity to provide data on locations of speckled hind and warsaw grouper, as well as important habitat locations for these two species. The Council will consider input from the workgroup and workshops during its June meeting in Orlando, FL.