4 AP's Will Meet February 3rd

The meetings will be held from 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013 until 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013. See below for specific dates and times. AP's include MPA Expert Workgroup, Law Enforcement, Information & Education and Law Enforcement. 


ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, 4381 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; telephone:  (800) 503-5762 or  (843) 744-4422; fax: (843) 744-4472.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; phone  843/571-4366 or toll free 866/SAFMC-10; FAX 843/769-4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion in the individual meeting agendas are as follows:

 MPA Expert Workgroup Agenda: Monday, February 4, 2013, 1:30 p.m. until Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12 p.m.

1. Receive a presentation on the reorientation of existing MPAs 

based on occurrence and habitat.

2. Review and revise recommendations based on data availability, 

assumptions and other considerations with a focus on reorienting 

existing MPAs in order to reduce bycatch of speckled hind and warsaw 

grouper in the South Atlantic Region.

3. Discuss timing and develop workgroup report.

Joint Information & Education AP and Law Enforcement AP Agenda: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

    1. Receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 30, pertaining 

to the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), as well as a review of the VMS 

fact sheet.

    2. Receive a presentation on the mobile phone application for SAFMC 


    3. Receive a presentation on the status of the SAFMC Web site 

upgrade, including upgrades to the law enforcement sections of the Web 

site. This includes a Law Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 


    4. Review updates on the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) Web 

site and discuss communication improvements regarding regulatory and 

law enforcement issues with officers and field offices.

 Information & Education AP Agenda, Thursday, February 7, 2013, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    1. Receive an overview and an update on the Marine Resource 

Education Program (MREP) project.

    2. Receive an update on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries 

Communication Group Social Media Workshop.

    3. Discuss the SAFMC Web site upgrade, including the Web site 

format and types of necessary outreach materials.

    4. Receive an overview of proposed outreach materials for 2013.

    5. Receive an overview of the SAFMC Visioning Process for snapper 

grouper species.

    6. Discuss strategic planning.

 Law Enforcement AP Agenda, Thursday, February 7, 2013, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

     1. Approve agenda and March 2012 AP meeting minutes.

    2. Receive an update on the following recently completed and 

developing amendments pertaining to the Snapper Grouper (SG) Fishery 

Management Plan: Regulatory Amendment 13, pertaining to the revision of 

Annual Catch Limits (ACLs); Regulatory Amendment 15 (yellowtail snapper 

and grouper); Amendment 28 (red snapper); Amendment 18B and Regulatory 

Amendment 16 (golden tilefish); Regulatory Amendment 14 (management 

measures for the complex); and Regulatory Amendment 17 (MPAs).

    3. Review SG Regulatory Amendment 18, regarding the adjustment of 

the ACL/sector ACLs for vermilion snapper and red porgy based on 

recently completed stock assessment updates for these species.

    4. Review SG Amendment 27, which assumes management responsibility 

for Nassau grouper in the Gulf of Mexico, increases the number of crew 

members allowed on dual-permitted snapper grouper vessels (vessels that 

have both a federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat Permit for snapper 

grouper species and a South Atlantic Unlimited or 225 pound SG Permit), 

addresses the issues of captain and crew retention of bag limit 

quantities of snapper grouper species, proposes changes to the existing 

snapper grouper framework procedure to allow for more timely 

adjustments to ACLs, and modifies management measures for blue runner.

    5. Review SG Amendment 30, which considers VMS requirements for 

vessels with South Atlantic commercial snapper grouper permits. This 

action was initially included in a separate amendment but was recently 

transferred to its own separate amendment.

    6. Review Joint Mackerel Amendment 19, which addresses bag limit 

sales of king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia, including a 

potential new commercial permit requirement for cobia. The amendment 

also addresses permit requirements for king mackerel and Spanish 


    7. Review Joint Mackerel Amendment 20, which includes evaluation of 

boundaries, allocations and transit provisions; considers a commercial 

quota for North Carolina king and Spanish mackerel; and modifies the 

framework procedure.

    8. Review the Mackerel Framework Amendment, which considers size 

limits, transfer allowances and changes in commercial trip limits.

    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 this meeting. 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.