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Upcoming Public Hearings on Management of Red Grouper

August 5, 2011

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold public hearings for red grouper management measures from Florida to North Carolina in the month of August.  Council staff will present a summary of Amendment 24, and then open the floor to questions.  Comments on Amendment 24 can be made in another room with Council members in attendance.

Amendment 24 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic enacts a plan to rebuild the red grouper fishery in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.  The main goal of Amendment 24 is to end overfishing and increase the population of the red grouper stock to a sustainable level over a given time.  Items to be discussed for both the recreational and commercial sectors include: Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), Optimum Yield (OY), Annual Catch Limits, and Accountability Measures.

As stated above, the public will have the opportunity to go on record during the meeting so that all comments can be considered by the Council.  A copy of the Public Hearing document for Amendment 24 will be available from the Council's website at www.safmc.net beginning August 12, 2011 or by contacting the Council office at 843/571-4366 or toll free 866/SAFMC-10.  Written comments should be sent to Bob Mahood, Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC  29405, or via email to: SGAmend24PHcomment@safmc.net for Amendment 24 to the Snapper Grouper FMP.  Written comments will be accepted from August 12, 2011 until 5:00 PM on September 1, 2011.

Dates and Location of Public Hearings:

Monday, August 22
5:00pm-7:00pm
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910/763-5900
Tuesday, August 23
5:00pm-7:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn
5265 International Blvd.
N. Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: 843/308-9330
Wednesday, August 24
5:00pm-7:00pm
Jacksonville Marriott
4670 Salisbury Road
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 904/296-2222
Thursday, August 25
5:00pm-7:00pm
Radisson Resort at the Port
8701 Astronaut Blvd.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone: 321/784-0000

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