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Options considered for federal for-hire Snapper Grouper permits,
best fishing practices, and the yellowtail snapper fishery

Fishermen and others interested in federal fishery issues are encouraged to provide public comments on a number of management options currently being considered by members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Headquartered in North Charleston, SC, voting members of the Council include recreational, commercial, and charter fishermen, as well as representatives from each of the four southeastern states marine resources agencies and NOAA Fisheries.

The Council will conduct a series of public scoping webinars in August to provide an overview of specific management options under consideration and provide an opportunity for informal discussion and formal comment. Written comments are also being accepted. Members of the public are encouraged to use the online public comment form to submit written comments. Copies of scoping documents, video presentations, links for webinar registration, public comment forms, and other information will be posted to the Councils website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/ as it becomes available. Written comments will be accepted until August 17, 2018.

Public scoping occurs at the beginning phase of fishery management process. The Council will gather public input and ideas on how to solve a fishery problem and/or address a need. The public is encouraged to identify issues, potential impacts, and reasonable solutions for options being considered in each of the amendments below:

Snapper Grouper Charter/Headboat (For-Hire) Federal Permit Modifications

(Snapper Grouper Amendment 47)
The Council is considering options for limiting entry into the federal charter/headboat Snapper Grouper fishery and establishing a mechanism that would allow new entrants into the for-hire Snapper Grouper fishery under limited entry. Amendment 47 would also modify current regulations that prevent anglers onboard federally permitted for-hire Snapper Grouper vessels from possessing species in the Snapper Grouper management complex in state waters when harvest of these species is closed in federal waters.

Charter/Headboat Permit Public Scoping Webinars
Beginning at 6:00 p.m.

  • Monday, August 6
  • Thursday, August 9
  • Tuesday, August 14

Note: Public scoping documents, presentations, webinar registration, and the online public comment form will be posted to the Councils website two weeks prior to the beginning of the first webinar. Registration for each webinar is required.

Best Fishing Practices

(Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 29)
The amendment addresses the use of best fishing practices to reduce discards and discard mortality for species in the snapper grouper management complex, including the use of venting tools and descending devices to release fish experiencing baroutrauma (injury due to expansion of gas when reeled up from depth), modifications to the current non-stainless-steel circle hook requirement, and specification of allowable rigs. The draft amendment also includes options to modify current regulations for the use of powerhead gear.

Best Fishing Practices/Powerhead Gear Public Scoping Webinars
Beginning at 6:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, August 7
  • Wednesday, August 8

Note: Public scoping documents, presentations, webinar registration, and the online public comment form will be posted to the Councils website two weeks prior to the beginning of the first webinar. Registration is required for each webinar.

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