The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearing/scoping meetings and webinars between August 1 and August 17 to collect public input on proposed management measures for several species managed by the Council. See below for an overview.
For details on meeting locations, webinar registration, amendment documents/presentations, and instructions on how to submit written comments, visit the Council’s website –
Dolphin and Yellowtail Snapper Allocation Measures
The amendment is being presented during
a scoping meeting via webinar on August 4, 2016 at 6pm. Potential actions include ways to shift allocation – either temporarily or permanently – from one sector to another for dolphin and yellowtail snapper; and separating the commercial dolphin sector Annual Catch Limit (ACL) into two gear-based sectors – a hook and line sector and a longline sector.
I attended the ASMFC meeting Wed, July 6, 2016 which was all about potential additional cuts for 2016 for Black Sea Bass. According to final MRIP numbers, our northern states continue to catch the majority of our quota while the southern states and Virginia catch very little of the quota for BSB. This board considered additional cuts for the 2016 season but no motion was made for cuts so ASMFC is not moving forward with cuts for 2016 at this time. NOAA / NMFS could still implement cuts if they deem it necessary to prevent overfishing for 2016 . Here is the link to the meeting materials.