December Meetings

In addition to a Council Member Visioning Workshop, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a joint meeting of its Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee; meetings of its Dolphin Wahoo Committee; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee; Personnel Committee (CLOSED SESSION); Executive Finance Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items, and a formal public comment session. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details.

The Council meeting will be held December 3-7, 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401; telephone: (1-888) 324-8170 or  (910) 763-5900; fax: (910) 763-0038.

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.

Meeting Dates

    1. Council Member Visioning Workshop: December 3, 2012, 9 a.m. 

until 12 noon.

    Council members will receive a presentation on the visioning 

process used by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, discuss 

the visioning process and provide direction to staff.

    2. Joint Meeting of the Habitat and Environmental Protection 

Committee and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee: December 3, 2012, 

1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.

    The Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and the 

Ecosystem-Based Management Committee will meet jointly and will receive 

a report from the joint meeting of the respective advisory panels as 

well as a report from the Habitat and Environmental Protection Advisory 

Panel (AP). The joint committee will receive: an overview on Coral 

Amendment 7, pertaining to Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern 

(HAPCs) and transit through the Oculina Bank HAPC; and an update on 

ecosystem activities. The joint committee will modify Coral Amendment 7 

as appropriate and will either recommend an adjustment to the timing of 

the amendment or recommend the amendment for public hearing.

    3. Dolphin Wahoo Committee Meeting: December 3, 2012, 3 p.m. until 

4 p.m.

    The Dolphin Wahoo Committee will review Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5, 

pertaining to bag limit sales of fish and changes to the Allowable 

Biological Catch (ABC) and the Annual Catch Limit (ACL). The Committee 

is scheduled to recommend approval of the amendment for the scoping 

process.

    4. SEDAR Committee Meeting: December 3, 2012, 4 p.m. until 5:30 

p.m. (Note: A portion of the meeting will be closed).

    The SEDAR Committee will receive an activities update as well as a 

report from the Steering Committee. The Committee will discuss SEDAR 

schedules, terms of reference (TORs) and SEDAR appointments (closed 

session).

    5. Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting: December 4, 2012, 8:30 a.m. 

until 5 p.m. and December 5, 2012, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon.

    The Snapper Grouper Committee will receive: an update on the status 

of catches versus quotas for commercial and recreational species under 

ACLs; an update on the status of amendments under formal review; a 

report from the Snapper Grouper AP meeting; and a report from the 

Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The Committee will consider 

an Emergency Action to increase the commercial ACL for vermilion 

snapper and will receive overviews of the following amendments: 

Regulatory Amendment 13, regarding adjustments of snapper grouper ACLs 

based on Marine Recreational Fishing Statistical Survey (MRFSS)/Marine 

Recreational Information Program (MRIP) calibration; Regulatory 

Amendment 15, pertaining to management measures for yellowtail snapper 

and modifying the Accountability Measure (AM) for gag that currently 

prohibits the harvest of shallow water grouper species when the gag ACL 

is met; and Snapper Grouper Amendment 28, addressing framework actions 

to reopen the red snapper fishery. The Committee will modify these 

amendments as necessary and is scheduled to recommend approval of these 

amendments for formal review. The Committee will also receive an 

overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 27, which addresses management 

measures for blue runner and would transfer management responsibility 

of yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper and Nassau grouper from the Gulf 

of Mexico Fishery Management Council to the South Atlantic Council. The 

Committee will modify the amendment as necessary and is scheduled to 

recommend approval of Amendment 27 for public hearing. The Committee 

will: discuss the use of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and HAPCs for 

speckled hind and warsaw grouper; receive a presentation on the 

reorientation of existing MPAs based on occurrence and habitat; and 

develop guidance on alternatives to be included in Snapper Grouper 

Regulatory Amendment 17, which involves the use of MPAs for speckled 

hind and warsaw grouper.

    6. Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee Meeting: December 5, 2012, 1:30 

p.m. until 5 p.m.

    The Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee will receive presentations on: 

post-stratification methodology used to arrive at recreational landings 

estimates; and the results of the demonstration of the quota monitoring 

system. The Committee will receive a status update on the Joint Gulf 

and South Atlantic Council Generic Dealer Permit and an overview of 

Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3). The Committee will 

receive guidance on actions and alternatives in CE-BA 3 and is 

scheduled to recommend approval of the amendment for formal review.

    Note: There will be an informal public question and answer 

session with the NMFS Regional Administrator and the Council 

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

    7. Personnel Committee Meeting: December 6, 2012, 8:30 a.m. until 

9:30 a.m. (closed session)

    The Personnel Committee will discuss the Executive Director's 

performance review.

    8. Executive Finance Committee Meeting: December 6, 2012, 9:30 a.m. 

until 11 a.m.

    The Executive Finance Committee will discuss: the status of 

calendar year (CY) 2012 budget expenditures; the draft 2013 activities 

schedules; and the draft 2013 budget. The Committee will also: Discuss 

joint South Florida management issues and schedule 2013 meetings; 

develop a position on SSC review responsibilities; address Council 

follow-up and priorities; and discuss other issues as appropriate.

Council Session: December 6, 2012, 11 a.m. Until 5:30 p.m. and December 

7, 2012, 8:30 a.m. Until 12 Noon

Council Session: December 6, 2012, 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

    From 11 a.m. until 11:15 a.m., the Council will call the meeting to 

order, adopt the agenda, and approve the September 2012 meeting 

minutes.

    Note:  A formal public comment session will be held on December 

6, 2012, beginning at 11:15 a.m., on: Snapper Grouper Regulatory 

Amendment 13; Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 15; Snapper 

Grouper Amendment 28; an Emergency Action to increase the commercial 

ACL for vermilion snapper; and Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based 

Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3); followed by comment on any other item on the 

agenda.

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

from the Snapper Grouper Committee and approve the following amendments 

for formal Secretarial review: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 13; 

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 15; and Snapper Grouper Amendment 

28. The Council will approve Snapper Grouper Amendment 27 for public 

hearing and approve an Emergency Action to increase the commercial ACL 

for vermilion snapper. The Council will consider other Committee 

recommendations and take action as appropriate.

    From 4:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee, approve CE-BA 3 for formal 

Secretarial review, consider recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 4:45 p.m. until 5 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 

the Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection and Ecosystem-Based 

Management Committees, approve Coral Amendment 7 for public hearing, 

consider other recommendations and take action as appropriate.

    From 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the Council will receive a briefing on 

Amendment 5 to the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management 

Plan from HMS staff. The Council will take action as appropriate.

Council Session: December 7, 2012, 8:30 a.m. Until 12 Noon

    From 8:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m., the Council will receive a legal 

briefing on litigation. (closed session)

    From 8:45 a.m. until 9 a.m., the Council will receive a report from 

the SEDAR Committee, consider other recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 9 a.m. until 9:15 a.m., the Council will receive a report from 

the Dolphin Wahoo Committee, approve Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5 items 

for scoping, consider other recommendations and take action as 

appropriate.

    From 9:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., the Council will receive a report 

from the Executive Finance Committee, consider other recommendations 

and take action as appropriate.

    From 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon, the Council will receive 

presentations and status reports from the NOAA Southeast Regional 

Office (SERO) and the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), 

receive an outreach update on the Marine Resource Education Program, 

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 is subject to 

change.