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SAFMC Solicits Public Input on Proposed Electronic Reporting Requirements for Charterboats and Other Fisheries Issues
Monday, February 1, 2016

Public Hearing Webinar to be Held February 8

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting public input through a series of public hearings on proposed measures that could affect federally permitted charter vessels along the Atlantic coast. For-hire vessels (charter and headboats) operating more than three miles offshore in federal waters must have specific federal permits to legally target dolphin and wahoo, Coastal Migratory Pelagics (mackerel and cobia), and snapper grouper species. The SAFMC is considering alternatives that would require electronic reporting for charter vessels with those federal permits, ranging from weekly reporting to daily reporting, through development of the Atlantic Generic Charterboat/Headboat Reporting Amendment. The SAFMC is also soliciting comments on Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 26, which includes several proposed management actions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory group king mackerel. Additional information about these actions and public comment opportunities is available here.

On Tuesday, February 9, at 5:00 PM, SAFMC staff will provide a brief presentation on the Generic Charter/For-Hire Reporting Amendment during the Mid-Atlantic Council's February 2016 meeting in New Bern, North Carolina.

Public Hearings
?The South Atlantic Council will hold a series of public hearings to gather input on these proposed measures.
February 8, 2016, 6:00 PM - public hearing webinar - Click HERE to Register
January 25 - February 3 - In-person public hearings will be held throughout the South Atlantic region. See this page for date, time, and location details.
Submit Written Comments
Written comments for the amendments may be submitted via mail, fax, and email and will be accepted until 5:00 PM on February 10, 2016.
E-mail - mike.collins@safmc.net (Please reference the name of the amendment you are submitting comments about in the subject line of your e-mail.)
Fax - 843.769.4520
Mail - Send written comments to Gregg Waugh, Executive Director, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.
Amendment Materials
Public Hearing Summary
Public Hearing Document
Presentation (pdf)
Video presentation (link to YouTube)
Questions? For more information, please visit http://safmc.net/meetings/public-hearing-and-scoping-meeting-schedule or call 843/571-4366, (toll free) 866/SAFMC-10.


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