Fishery Council Seeks Input on MPA Use for Species Protection

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a second public workshop this week to solicit information regarding the use of marine protected areas (MPAs) to help protect speckled hind and warsaw grouper, two species currently listed as undergoing overfishing. The first workshop was held April 18, 2012 in North Charleston, SC and the second is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in Pooler, Georgia.  Three additional workshops may be scheduled for North Carolina and Florida later this year. 

MPA Public Workshop - 6:00 PM May 16, 2012 

Mighty 8th Air Force Museum 175 Bourne Avenue Pooler, GA 31322 (912) 748-8888

The workshops are designed to give the public the opportunity to provide data on locations of speckled hind and rsaw grouper and important habitat for the two species.  In addition, the Council is hosting an MPA Expert Workgroup meeting beginning at 1:00 PM on May 16, 2012. The Council will consider input from the public workshops and Expert Workgroup during its June 11-15, 2012 meeting in Orlando, Florida.  The Council is accepting written comments until 12:00 noon on May 21, 2012.