Public Input Wanted at Atlantic Council Meetings in Florida

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Yellowtail snapper catches may be shifted to commercial fleet in plans under discussion by South Atlantic Council. Meetings are being held in Florida this week.

Join local representatives from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Council staff as public hearing and scoping meetings continue this week along Florida’s east coast.

The Council is holding a series of public hearing/scoping meetings to collect public input on proposed management measures for yellowtail snapper, red snapper options and the Vision Blueprint for the snapper grouper fishery.

Note: Meetings begin at 6:00 PM

Monday, January 23

Lexington Hotel &

Conference Center

1515 Prudential Drive

Jacksonville, FL

Tuesday, January 24

Hilton Cocoa Beach

1550 N. Atlantic Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL

Wednesday, January 25

Flagler Place

201 S.W. Flagler Ave.

Stuart, FL

Thursday, January 26

Hilton Key Largo

97000 Overseas Hwy.

Key Largo, FL

Here’s what’s on the table:

YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER

Snapper Grouper Amendment 44

Proposed Allocation Measures for Yellowtail Snapper

The Council is proposing management actions and alternatives for shifts in allocations between commercial and recreational sectors as well as an action to merge current annual catch limits for yellowtail snapper in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic.

RED SNAPPER

Snapper Grouper Amendment 43

Options for Red Snapper and Recreational Reporting

The Council is seeking input on ways to reduce red snapper discards, improve discard estimates, and if discards can be reduced sufficiently, allow a limited harvest of red snapper.

VISION BLUEPRINT FOR THE SNAPPER GROUPER FISHERY

Vision Blueprint Recreational Regulatory Amendment 26

Vision Blueprint Commercial Regulatory Amendment 27

Options for the Snapper Grouper Fishery

Learn more about options being proposed as part of the Council’s long-term Vision Blueprint for the Snapper Grouper fishery and provide your suggestions as the Council moves forward to address issues identified during a series of earlier port meetings.

Can’t Attend a Meeting in Person?

Each of the meetings is available via webinar.

Registration is required.

Visit the Council’s website: www.safmc.net

Public Hearing & Scoping Meetings

– Register to access meetings via webinar

– Read summary documents

– View presentations on each amendment via YouTube

– Access the entire Jan/Feb meeting schedule

– Submit written comments

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