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South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Office:
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
North Charleston, SC 29405
phone 843.571.4366
toll free 866.SAFMC-10
fax 843.769.4520

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Fisherman with dolphin (Photo by: Anna Martin)Shem Creek, SCThe South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, is one of eight regional fishery management councils in the United States. The South Atlantic Council is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200 nautical mile limit off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and east Florida to Key West.  Learn more


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Public Hearing/Scoping Meetings Set to Address Federal Fisheries Issues (January 12, 2012)
Council seeks input on measures proposed for golden tilefish, spiny lobster, golden crab, plus scoping comments on the use of powerheads by divers, marine protected areas, commercial and for-hire pemits and reporting requirements, and other measures   read more...
Council Approves Changes to Black Sea Bass Management (December 13, 2011)
Measures also slated for red grouper and wreckfish upon approval by the Secretary of Commerce   read more...
Council Awards Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (December 13, 2011)
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's Officer Clay McDonough named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by Council   read more...

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Next Council Meeting:

March 5-9, 2012 in Savannah, GA.  Meeting Agenda and Briefing Book Materials will be posted as available.  Read More

SUMMARY MOTIONS for December 2011 Council meeting will be posted as available.

Note!  Watch the Council Meetings LIVE!  Live video of the meetings will be available the week of each meeting. To view the meetings as they occur you will need a Windows Media Player. Click here to view the meetings as they occur.  

Other Meetings:

Public Scoping of Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3) & Shrimp Amendment 9 and Public Hearings of Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 & Golden Crab Amendment 6 to take place in Jan/Feb.  Read More

Information on upcoming Advisory Panel Meetings and Committee Meetings will be available Here.



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Reminder! Seasonal Closure for Shallow Water Grouper Species begins January 1, 2012  See Fishery Bulletin

New! New Regulations for Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic, effective January 3, 2012 See Fishery Bulletin

Note: NOAA Seeks Comments on Amended Proposed Rule to Change Wreckfish Annual Catch Limit to 235,000 lbs Whole Weight  Comment period end January 17, 2012  See Fishery Bulletin

Note: NOAA Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Eliminate the 240-Foot (40-Fathom) Snapper Grouper Area Closure in the South Atlantic  Comment period ends January 19, 2012.  See Fishery Bulletin

Note: NOAA Fisheries Requests Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Actions to Limit Commercial Effort for South Atlantic Black Sea Bass: Comment period ends January 23, 2012.     See Fishery Bulletin.  Access Amendment 18A DEIS 

New!  NOAA Announces New Regulations for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel and Cobia in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. Comment period on adjusted commercial quota for Spanish mackerel ends January 30, 2012.  See Fishery Bulletin 

New!  NOAA Fisheries Publishes Final Rule to Implement Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 2  Regulations effective January 30, 2012  See Fishery Bulletin

Note: Proposed Changes to Regulations for Bycatch Reduction Devices in Shrimp Fisheries  Comment period ends February 8, 2012  See Fishery Bulletin

Note: NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comment on Snapper Grouper Amendment 20A (wreckfish)  Comment period ends March 12, 2012  See Fishery Bulletin

Fall 2011 South Atlantic Update Newsletter (PDF)

Download Single Page Updated Summaries of Recreational and Commercial Snapper Grouper Regulations

Note! NOAA Fisheries Announces Closure of the Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery, effective October 17, 2011  Read Fishery Bulletin

Note: Adjustments to the 2011-2012 Recreational ACL for Black Sea Bass  See Fishery Bulletin

NOAA Fisheries Announces Temporary Rule Closing the Recreational Sector of Golden Tilefish, effective October 6, 2011  Read Fishery Bulletin

Testimony of Council member Duane Harris before the House Committee on Natural Resources regarding NOAA's Fishery Science. Click Here to read the testimony.

Recreational Measures for Snowy Grouper, Golden Tilefish, and Black Sea Bass. See Fishery Bulletin for details regarding Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures in place for these species.

Reminder: Circle Hook Requirements in South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Fishery Effective March 3, 2011 Read Fishery Bulletin

Note: Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures Set for 9 Snapper Grouper Species - Regulations Implemented January 31, 2011 and Include Deepwater Closure for Some Species - Read the Fishery Bulletin regarding implementation of Snapper Grouper Amendment 17B and the Final Rule that includes waypoints for the deepwater closure.

Note: Red snapper closure continues effective December 3, 2010.  Read Fishery Bulletin (posted 12/3/10)  Amendment 17A and Final Rule available in the FMP Library.

Reminder: Sale of snapper grouper harvested or possessed under bag limits is prohibited.  Final Rule implementing Snapper Grouper Amendment 15B published.  Read Fishery Bulletin reminder for more information.




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