South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
South Atlantic Update Newsletter
A Quarterly Publication of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Summer 2019
On Point - The Council Chair's Perspective
Summer is a busy time on the water. Council Chair Jessica McCawley encourages fishermen to utilize best practices, provides information sources, and notes proposed changes for red snapper seasons in her latest column.
2019 Recreational Red Snapper Season
This year's 5-day recreational red snapper season was a productive one judging from most reports. Read about data collection efforts, best practices, options being considered for changing the timing of the season (start dates, days of the week, etc.), and how you can get involved. Read More
Regulations Proposed to Help Reduce Release Mortality
Council members are scheduled to approve measures to help improve the likelihood that released fish survive to bite another day. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, new regulations could be in place in 2020. Learn More
Citizen Science Program Highlighted at ICAST 2019
Each year, the top names in fishing gear gather in Orlando, FL to participate in the world's largest sportfishing trade show. The Council's Citizen Science Program was the focus of one small but valuable exhibit space. Take a Peek Inside
Secretary of Commerce Reappoints Two Council Members
Council members Chris Conklin, a seafood dealer and avid fisherman from Murrells Inlet, SC and Tim Griner, owner of The Charlotte Fish Company have been reappointed to their obligatory seats on the Council. Each has an interesting background.
From the Executive Director's Desk
Executive Director Gregg Waugh focuses on the need for recreational reporting and the importance of the MyFishCount pilot project.
Charleston SC
September 16-20, 2019 Council Meeting Highlights
Historic Charleston, SC is the location of the Council's September meeting. Agenda items include proposed changes to the red snapper fishing season, best fishing practices requirements, options for dolphin and wahoo management, Atlantic king mackerel and Spanish mackerel, and many others topics.
Citizen Science - Partnerships Matter
The Council's Citizen Science Program and its new pilot project Scamp Release was recently highlighted at an international trade show and in the news. Beginning with the program's development in 2016, partnerships continue to play a key role in its success. Learn More - and how you can get involved!