South Atlantic Council & Advisory Meetings

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold 

meetings of its Ecosystem-Based Management Committee; Dolphin Wahoo 

Committee; Shrimp Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; Ad Hoc Data 

Collection Committee; King and Spanish Mackerel Committee; Advisory 

Panel Selection Committee (Closed Session); Scientific and Statistical 

Selection Committee (Closed Session); Golden Crab Committee; Law 

Enforcement Committee; Southeast Data Assessment and Review (SEDAR) 

Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will take 

action as necessary.   

The Council will also hold a Habitat Workshop for Council members, 

an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items, 

and a formal public comment session. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for 

additional details.

DATES: The meetings will be held June 11-15, 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY 

INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Renaissance Orlando Airport 

Hotel, 5445 Forbes Place, Orlando, FL 32812; telephone: (1-800) 545-

1985 or (407) 240-1000; fax: (407) 240-1005. Copies of documents are 

available from Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic 

Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North 

Charleston, SC 29405.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information 

Officer; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free at (866) SAFMC-10; fax: 

(843)/769-4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

 

Meeting Dates

 

1. Council Member Habitat Workshop: June 11, 2012, 9 a.m. Until 12 Noon

 

    The Council Member Habitat Workshop will receive an overview and 

demonstration of the Information Management System (IMS). The workshop 

will include a hands-on session with individual assistance.

 

2. Ecosystem-Based Management Committee Meeting: June 11, 2012, 1:30 

p.m. Until 3:30 p.m.

 

    The Ecosystem-Based Management Committee will receive Advisory 

Panel (AP) reports, review the decision document for Comprehensive 

Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3), provide recommendations relative 

to management measures for Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern 

(HAPC), and public hearings. The Committee will receive an update on 

ecosystem activities and provide direction to staff.

 

3. Dolphin Wahoo Committee Meeting: June 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m. Until 4:30 

p.m.

 

    The Dolphin Wahoo Committee will receive a report on the status of 

catches versus Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), as well as a report from the 

Dolphin Wahoo AP.

 

4. Shrimp Committee Meeting: June 11, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Until 6 p.m.

 

    The Shrimp Committee will receive a presentation on the Endangered 

Species Act listing of Atlantic sturgeon and on the Biological Opinion 

of the South Atlantic Shrimp Fishery. The Committee will also receive 

reports from its advisory panels and from the Shrimp Review Panel. The 

Committee will review actions and alternatives in Shrimp Amendment 9, 

which would expedite the closure process during severe cold events in 

order to protect overwintering shrimp populations and would revise the 

Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) proxy for pink shrimp. The 

Committee is scheduled to recommend the amendment for public hearings, 

take action as appropriate and provide guidance to staff.

 

5. Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting: June 12, 2012, 8:30 a.m. Until 

5:30 p.m. and June 13, 2012, 8:30 a.m. Until 12 Noon

 

    The Snapper Grouper Committee will receive updates on: Oculina 

research activities; the status of catches versus quotas for species 

under quota management (including all snapper grouper species included 

in the Comprehensive ACL Amendment); the status of the new Southeast 

Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) Quota

 

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Monitoring Program; and the status of the delinquent logbook review. 

The Committee will address any necessary actions as the result of these 

reports. The Committee will receive updates on the status of amendments 

under Secretarial Review and reports from the Council's Scientific and 

Statistical Committee (SSC) and Snapper Grouper AP. The Committee will 

discuss the resubmittal of Action 4 in Snapper Grouper Amendment 18A 

addressing the transferability of black sea bass endorsements, and 

recommend the resubmitted action for formal review. The Committee will 

also review Amendment 18B that includes measures to limit participation 

in the commercial golden tilefish fishery, modify the amendment as 

necessary, and provide recommendations for submission for Secretarial 

review. The Committee will also review available information and 

recommendations relative to creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and/

or HAPCs for speckled hind and warsaw grouper, select preferred 

alternatives, and provide recommendations as appropriate for public 

hearings as part of CE-BA 3. The Committee will also receive a 

presentation of the Marine Resources Monitoring Assessment and 

Prediction Program's (MARMAP) fishery-independent catch per unit effort 

(CPUE), discuss the potential for reopening a limited red snapper 

fishery via an Emergency Rule, discuss potential changes in black sea 

bass management, and provide recommendations as appropriate.

 

6. Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee Meeting: June 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m. 

Until 5 p.m.

 

    The Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee will receive presentations on 

quota monitoring/dealer reporting and tracking harvested fish in 

Florida and NMFS commercial and recreational quotas/ACL monitoring and 

projections. The Committee will review the joint Gulf and South 

Atlantic Council Generic Dealer Amendment and provide recommendations. 

The Committee will also review and discuss actions relative to data 

collection in CE-BA 3 and provide recommendations for public hearings.

 

    Note: There will be an informal public question and answer 

session with the NMFS Regional Administrator and the Council 

Chairman on June 13, 2012, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

 

7. King and Spanish Mackerel Committee Meeting: June 14, 2012, 8:30 

a.m. Until 12 Noon

 

    The King and Spanish Mackerel Committee will receive updates on the 

status of catches versus ACLs for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and 

cobia as well as a report from the Mackerel AP. The Committee will 

review and discuss the joint Gulf and South Atlantic Mackerel Amendment 

19 pertaining to permits and tournament sale requirements, Amendment 20 

regarding boundaries and transit provisions and provide recommendations 

for public hearings. The Committee will review and discuss the South 

Atlantic Mackerel Framework, and provide guidance to staff.

 

8. Advisory Panel Selection Committee Meeting: June 14, 2012, 1:30 p.m. 

Until 2:30 p.m. (Closed Session)

 

    The Advisory Panel Selection Committee will review advisory panel 

applications and develop recommendations for appointments.

 

9. Scientific and Statistical Selection Committee Meeting: June 14, 

2012, 2:30 p.m. Until 3:30 p.m. (Closed Session)

 

    The Scientific and Statistical Selection Committee (SSC) will 

review SSC applications and develop recommendations for appointments. 

The Committee will also review SSC policies.

 

10. Golden Crab Committee Meeting: June 14, 2012, 3:30 p.m. Until 4:30 

p.m.

 

    The Golden Crab Committee will review the ``Expression of 

Interest'' responses for catch shares from golden crab fishermen as 

well as Amendment 6, pertaining to establishing a catch share program 

for the commercial golden crab fishery. The Committee will modify the 

amendment as appropriate and provide recommendations relative for 

submission of the amendment for Secretarial review.

 

11. Law Enforcement Committee Meeting: June 14, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Until 

5:30 p.m.

 

    The Law Enforcement Committee will: Review law enforcement efforts 

in the Deepwater MPAs; and will receive briefings from the NOAA Office 

of Law Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Committee will discuss 

issues as appropriate and select the 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of 

the Year.

 

    Note: A formal public comment session will be held on June 14, 

2012, beginning at 5:30 p.m., on: Snapper Grouper Amendment 18A, 

Action 4 (transferability of black sea bass endorsements); Snapper 

Grouper Amendment 18B (golden tilefish); and Golden Crab Amendment 6 

(catch shares); followed by comment on any other item on the agenda.

 

12. SEDAR Committee Meeting: June 15, 2012, 8 a.m. Until 9 a.m.

 

    The SEDAR Committee will receive an overview of SEDAR activities 

and a presentation on the SSC Only Reliable Catch Stocks (ORCS) 

workshop. The Committee will review, discuss and approve the SAFMC 

Research Prioritization Plan and develop SEDAR Steering Committee 

recommendations for Council SEDAR members and staff.

 

Council Session: June 15, 2012, 9:30 a.m. Until 4 p.m.

 

    From 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., the Council will call the meeting to 

order, adopt the agenda, and approve the March 2012 meeting minutes.

    From 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Snapper Grouper Committee, approve the resubmittal of 

Amendment 18A/Action 4 and Amendment 18B for formal Secretarial review, 

approve speckled hind/warsaw grouper actions in CE-BA 3 for public 

hearing, consider other Committee recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Golden Crab Committee, approve Amendment 6 for formal 

Secretarial review, consider recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 11 a.m. until 11:15 a.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, approve Coral HAPC 

actions in CE-BA 3 for public hearing, consider other Committee 

recommendations and take action as appropriate.

    From 11:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Dolphin Wahoo Committee, consider other Committee 

recommendations and take action as appropriate.

    From 11:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Shrimp Committee, approve Amendment 9 for public hearing, 

consider other Committee recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 11:45 a.m. until 12 noon, the Council will receive a report 

from the Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee, approve data actions in CE-

BA 3 for public hearing, consider other Committee recommendations and 

take action as appropriate.

    From 1 p.m. until 1:15 p.m., the Council will receive a legal 

briefing on litigation. (Closed Session)

 

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    From 1:15 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, approve Amendments 19 and 

20 for public hearings, consider other Committee recommendations and 

take action as appropriate.

    From 1:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Advisory Panel Selection Committee, review applications and 

make appointments, consider other Committee recommendations and take 

action as appropriate.

    From 1:45 p.m. until 2 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 

the SSC Selection Committee, review applications and make appointments, 

consider other Committee recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 2 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 

the Law Enforcement Committee, select the Law Enforcement Officer of 

the Year, consider other Committee recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 2:15 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the SEDAR Committee, consider Committee recommendations and take 

action as appropriate.

    From 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., the Council will receive presentations 

and status reports from the NOAA Southeast Regional Office (SERO) and 

the NMFS SEFSC, review agency and liaison reports, and discuss other 

business, including upcoming meetings.

    Documents regarding these issues are available from the Council 

office (see ADDRESSES).

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 

before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the 

subjects of formal final Council action during these meetings. Council 

action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this 

notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that 

require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens 

Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to 

take final action to address the emergency.

    Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public 

comment, the times and sequence specified on this agenda are subject to 

change.