South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, in conjunction with the
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, will hold a Q-and-A public
meeting in Kitty Hawk to address cobia management issues.
can attend in two ways -- in person on Monday, May 9, from 6 until 8
p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk at 5353 N.
Virginia Dare Trail in Kitty Hawk or they can listen in via a
for the webinar is required and is available by clicking the link
listed below. On the day of the meeting, tune in to the webinar 30
minutes prior to the start to test your audio settings with the help of
Webinar registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2733536913517393923.
recreational fishery for Atlantic migratory group cobia is scheduled to
close on June 20. The closure applies to those fishing for cobia
recreationally in federal waters from Georgia to New York from a
private vessel, charter vessel, or headboat.
closure is the result of accountability measures required by federal
regulations to protect the cobia resource and prevent
overfishing. The 2015 recreational catch was 1,540,775 pounds,
123 percent over the recreational Annual Catch Limit (ACL) of 690,000
scheduled recreational closure has caused concerns from fishermen,
particularly those from North Carolina and Virginia, where the closure
will have negative economic and social impacts due to the seasonality
of the fishery. As a result, the South Atlantic Council, in
conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, will
host a Cobia Q-and-A Public Meeting to provide information and help
address questions and concerns.
Council staff will give a presentation that includes:
- An overview of the Council federal management process;
- Information on historical management of cobia;
- The SEDAR stock assessment for cobia;
- Information about current cobia management and the pending recreational closure; and
- Future management actions for cobia currently being developed by the South Atlantic Council.
Council staff and area Council members will be available to answer questions following the presentation.
comments are invited and must be received in the Council office by 5
p.m. on May 20, 2016. Comments may be submitted by
mail, email, or fax. See the details outlined below:
comments should be directed to Gregg Waugh, Executive Director, South
Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201,
. Charleston, SC 29405.
- Email comments - Send to [email protected] with the Subject Line “Cobia Comments”.
- FAX comments - Send to to 843/769-4520.