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South Atlantic FMC seeks public comments on proposed fishery amendments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — There’s still time left for people with an interest in interstate fishing management to provide input to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council on a pair of proposed management changes.

The SAFMC is seeking public scoping comments on three amendments affecting how federal fisheries are managed under its jurisdiction. The council has jurisdiction in the federal waters off the coast of the South Atlantic states, including North Carolina. Scoping is the first stage in the process to amend a fishery management plan and offers the public an opportunity to comment on options being considered.

Scoping documents along with presentations (both PDF and video) are available from the council’s website at safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/. Public comments may also be submitted at the above website by clicking the “Submit Comment” link. Written comments are due to the Council office by Friday.

Two proposed amendment is Regulatory Amendment 31 to the Snapper-Grouper FMP and Regulatory Amendment 2 to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP. The Council is considering modifying in-season and post-season accountability measures used to help ensure annual catch limits are not exceeded.

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