December 3, 2018



South Atlantic Fisheries Council
Meets this Week in Kitty Hawk

By SAM WALKER
THE OUTER BANKS VOICE




The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk this Monday afternoon through Friday.

The council, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., is responsible for managing fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West.

On Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., a training session will be held for charter boat captains for a catch reporting system for the snapper, grouper, dolphin, wahoo and coastal migratory pelagic fisheries.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about upcoming electronic reporting requirements for federal permit holders and to practice using available electronic reporting tools.

Other major agenda items up for discussion by the council this week include:
  • Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 10, which considers changes to allocations, whether Bullet and Frigate Mackerel should be managed under the fishery management plan as critical prey for dolphin and wahoo.
  • Recreational Visioning Amendment, Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint Regulatory Amendment 26, which establishes an aggregate for deep-water species and addresses management measures for that aggregate, such as a bag limit and recreational season.
  • Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 32, which proposes changes to yellowtail snapper accountability measures.
  • The council will receive an update on the development of the Council’s Citizen Science Program and discuss upcoming projects.

Click here for a detailed meeting agenda and briefing books

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