Public Hearings Scheduled for Snapper Grouper Management

Public Hearings Scheduled for Snapper Grouper Management


Amendments address rebuilding for three snapper grouper species,


recreational sale, allocations, bycatch, and other issues 


 


The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings beginning in November to solicit public comment on two amendments to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic.  Amendment 15A addresses rebuilding of snowy grouper, black sea bass, and red porgy stocks.  Amendment 15B contains actions to prohibit the sale of recreationally-caught snapper grouper species, reduce the effects of incidental hooking on sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish, change the commercial permit renewal period and transferability requirements, implement a plan to monitor and assess bycatch, and establish management reference points, such as Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and Optimum Yield (OY) for golden tilefish.  Amendment 15B will also establish allocations between commercial and recreational fishermen for snowy grouper and red porgy.


 


Stocks of snowy grouper, black sea bass and red porgy have been identified as overfished by the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) stock assessment process.  In response, the Council is developing Amendment 15A to establish rebuilding plans for these three economically important species in the snapper grouper management complex. Over the years 2001 – 2005, snowy grouper, red porgy, and black sea bass represented an average of 21% of the total annual commercial landings of snapper grouper in the South Atlantic valued at $7.73 million dollars. Regulations were implemented in October 2006 to end overfishing for snowy grouper and black sea bass, and allow for a moderate increase in the harvest of red porgy.  These factors will be considered in the rebuilding plans.


 


Through Amendment 15B, the Council is considering options to prohibit the sale of recreationally caught snapper and grouper. Recent restrictions on commercial quotas have raised concerns that these recreationally harvested fish are being included in the commercial landings, and fish may be double counted with current recreational reporting methods.  Allocations for snowy grouper and red porgy are also being addressed in Amendment 15B in order to establish commercial quotas and recreational allocations.  A complete listing of all actions is contained in each amendment.




 


Written comments for Amendments15A are being accepted by the Council until 5:00 pm, December 3, 2007.   Written comments for 15B are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2008.  Copies of the Public Hearing Documents will be posted on the Council’s web site at www.safmc.net, and may also be obtained from the Council office.  Comments should be addressed to: Bob Mahood, Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29405. Email Amendment 15A comments to: SG15A@safmc.net and comments for Amendment 15B to: SG15B@safmc.net.


 


SNAPPER GROUPER AMENDMENTS 15A/15B PUBLIC


PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE


 


Hearings Begin at 6:00 p.m. except for 12/3/07*


 




November 13, 2007


Sombrero Cay Club


19 Sombrero Boulevard


Marathon, FL  33050


Phone: 305-743-2250


 


November 14, 2007


Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel


1140 Seabreeze Boulevard (A1A)


Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316


Phone: 954-524-5551


 


November 15, 2007


Radisson Resort at the Port


8701 Astronaut Boulevard


Cape Canaveral, FL  32920


Phone: 321-784-0000


 


November 16, 2007


Comfort Inn Oceanfront


1515 North 1st Street


Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250


Phone: 904-241-2311


 


November 27, 2007


Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum


175 Bourne Avenue


Pooler, GA  31322


Phone: 912-748-8888


 


November 28, 2007


Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport


5265 International Boulevard


North Charleston, SC 29418


Phone: 843-308-9330


 


November 28, 2007


Avista Resort


300 N. Ocean Boulevard


North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


Phone: 843-249-2521


 


November 29, 2007


Shell Island Resort


2700 Lumina Avenue


Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Phone: 910-256-0418


 


November 30, 2007


NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island


374 Airport Road


Manteo, NC 27954


Phone: 252-473-3494


 


December 3, 2007 (*Begins at 7:00 p.m.)


Sheraton Atlantic Beach


2717 W. Fort Macon Road


Atlantic Beach, NC 28512


Phone: 252-240-1155

Public Hearings Scheduled for Snapper Grouper Management


Amendments address rebuilding for three snapper grouper species,


recreational sale, allocations, bycatch, and other issues 


 


The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings beginning in November to solicit public comment on two amendments to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic.  Amendment 15A addresses rebuilding of snowy grouper, black sea bass, and red porgy stocks.  Amendment 15B contains actions to prohibit the sale of recreationally-caught snapper grouper species, reduce the effects of incidental hooking on sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish, change the commercial permit renewal period and transferability requirements, implement a plan to monitor and assess bycatch, and establish management reference points, such as Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and Optimum Yield (OY) for golden tilefish.  Amendment 15B will also establish allocations between commercial and recreational fishermen for snowy grouper and red porgy.


 


Stocks of snowy grouper, black sea bass and red porgy have been identified as overfished by the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) stock assessment process.  In response, the Council is developing Amendment 15A to establish rebuilding plans for these three economically important species in the snapper grouper management complex. Over the years 2001 – 2005, snowy grouper, red porgy, and black sea bass represented an average of 21% of the total annual commercial landings of snapper grouper in the South Atlantic valued at $7.73 million dollars. Regulations were implemented in October 2006 to end overfishing for snowy grouper and black sea bass, and allow for a moderate increase in the harvest of red porgy.  These factors will be considered in the rebuilding plans.


 


Through Amendment 15B, the Council is considering options to prohibit the sale of recreationally caught snapper and grouper. Recent restrictions on commercial quotas have raised concerns that these recreationally harvested fish are being included in the commercial landings, and fish may be double counted with current recreational reporting methods.  Allocations for snowy grouper and red porgy are also being addressed in Amendment 15B in order to establish commercial quotas and recreational allocations.  A complete listing of all actions is contained in each amendment.




 


Written comments for Amendments15A are being accepted by the Council until 5:00 pm, December 3, 2007.   Written comments for 15B are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2008.  Copies of the Public Hearing Documents will be posted on the Council’s web site at www.safmc.net, and may also be obtained from the Council office.  Comments should be addressed to: Bob Mahood, Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29405. Email Amendment 15A comments to: SG15A@safmc.net and comments for Amendment 15B to: SG15B@safmc.net.


 


SNAPPER GROUPER AMENDMENTS 15A/15B PUBLIC


PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE


 


Hearings Begin at 6:00 p.m. except for 12/3/07*


 




November 13, 2007


Sombrero Cay Club


19 Sombrero Boulevard


Marathon, FL  33050


Phone: 305-743-2250


 


November 14, 2007


Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel


1140 Seabreeze Boulevard (A1A)


Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316


Phone: 954-524-5551


 


November 15, 2007


Radisson Resort at the Port


8701 Astronaut Boulevard


Cape Canaveral, FL  32920


Phone: 321-784-0000


 


November 16, 2007


Comfort Inn Oceanfront


1515 North 1st Street


Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250


Phone: 904-241-2311


 


November 27, 2007


Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum


175 Bourne Avenue


Pooler, GA  31322


Phone: 912-748-8888


 


November 28, 2007


Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport


5265 International Boulevard


North Charleston, SC 29418


Phone: 843-308-9330


 


November 28, 2007


Avista Resort


300 N. Ocean Boulevard


North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


Phone: 843-249-2521


 


November 29, 2007


Shell Island Resort


2700 Lumina Avenue


Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Phone: 910-256-0418


 


November 30, 2007


NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island


374 Airport Road


Manteo, NC 27954


Phone: 252-473-3494


 


December 3, 2007 (*Begins at 7:00 p.m.)


Sheraton Atlantic Beach


2717 W. Fort Macon Road


Atlantic Beach, NC 28512


Phone: 252-240-1155

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