South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Meeting


The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) meets this week (June 12, 2023 – June 16, 2023) at the World Golf Village Renaissance, 500 Legacy Trail St., St. Augustine, Florida.


Meeting agenda can be found here:


To listen online register here: webinar registration


Public comment can be submitted here: submit public comment


Public comment can also be given in person and online Wednesday, June 14 at 4:00 pm.


Some agenda items that may be of interest to our readers.


Monday June 12th


1:30 – 4:00 pm Council Session I


Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Update 

Attachment 2: HMS Update Presentation Revised 


This is the same presentation presented last week at the MAFMC meeting. There are multiple concerns in the current actions being reviewed that anyone invested in the pelagic longline or shark fisheries needs to pay close attention too. The majority of the proposed actions will do nothing but create more burdens for our commercial fishermen.


Joint Commercial Electronic Logbook Amendment 

Attachment 3: Presentation on SEFSC commercial e-logbook program


4:00 – 5:00 pm Citizen Science Committee 


Citizen Science Idea Portal

Attachment 1a: Citizen Science Project Portal Tool Presentation


Citizen Science Projects & Program Evaluation Update 

Attachment 2b: SAFMC Citizen Science Program 2022 Annual Report


The Citizen Science presentation is always interesting and engaging. One of the many interesting projects this program has been working on is FISHstory. This project analyzes historic charter for-hire photos to estimate catch and fish lengths from the early days of the for-hire industry. SAFMC staff was also able to recently gather photos from Dare county archives to be analyzed through this ongoing project. 


Tuesday June 13th


8:30 – 11:00 am Mackerel Cobia Committee 


Spanish Mackerel Assessment (SEDAR 78)

SSC Report


Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel

Attachment 1: Mackerel Cobia AP Report


Mackerel Port Meetings 

Attachment 2: Mackerel Port Meetings Discussion Document


King Mackerel Tournament Landing

Attachment 3: King Mackerel Tournament Landings


11:00 – 12:00 noon Dolphin Wahoo Committee


Dolphin Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE)

Attachment 1: Dolphin MSE stakeholder workshops


Regulatory Amendment 3

Attachment 3: Regulatory Amendment 3 Decision document


Council will be reviewing a summary of the input received at the Dolphin MSE Stakeholder Workshops and also reviewing a summary of the current content in Regulatory Amendment 3.


1:30 – 5:00 pm Snapper Grouper Committee


Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Report (SAFE)

Attachment 2: SAFE Report


Wednesday June 14th


1:30 – 3:45 pm Snapper Grouper Committee


Black Sea Bass Assessment (SEDAR 76)

Attachment 5: SEDAR 76 Presentation

Fishery Overview


Public Comment 4:00 pm


Thursday June 15th


8:30 – 10:30 am Snapper Grouper Committee


Private Recreational Permit (Amendment 46)

Attachment 8a: Private Recreational Permit Amendment 

Attachment 8b: Recreational Permitting and Reporting Technical AP Report


10:30 – 12:00 Council Session II


Revision to National Standards 4, 8 and 9

Attachment 3: Presentation on National Standards


Equity and Environmental Justice (EEJ)

Attachment 5: EEJ Presentation Revised


NMFS Southeast Regional Office Report 

Attachment 6: Protected Resources Update


Friday June 16th


8:30 – 12:00 noon


Committee/Council Reports


-Full Council I

-Citizen Science

-Mackerel Cobia

-Dolphin Wahoo

-Snapper Grouper



If you have any questions, comments, or concerns let us know. 


Thomas Newman 

Fisheries Liaison