NOTE: Public Scoping Meetings Cancelled
Council Votes to Discontinue Work on Options to Modify Federal  
For-Hire Perm its for the Snapper Grouper Fishery  
Public scoping meetings scheduled to gather input on options for modifying the Federal South Atlantic Charter/Headboat for Snapper Grouper Permit will not be held. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council decided to stop work on the draft Amendment 47 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan during its meeting this week.  
The amendment included options for a moratorium on the federal permit, modifying current permit conditions that prohibit harvest of snapper grouper species in state waters when the species is closed to harvest in federal waters, issuing a for-hire permit for an individual rather than a vessel, and issuing an ID number for for-hire permits. 
A Story Map for the Council meeting is available from the Council's website at Additional information about the meeting, including a meeting summary will be available tomorrow from the Council's website.  
Note: A For-Hire Electronic Reporting Information Session scheduled for October 30, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant, SC will be held as planned. See below for details. 

NOTE: The Following Meetings Have Been Cancelled
For-Hire Permit Public Scoping Meetings
October 9 
Coastal Electric Cooperative
1265 S. Coastal Hwy
Midway, GA 31320
October 9
Jennette's Pier
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
October 10 
NC Div. of Marine Fisheries
Central District Office
5285 Hwy 70 West
Morehead City, NC 28557
October 29 
Murrells Inlet Community Center
4462 Murrells Inlet Road
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
October 30* 
Haddrells Point Fin to Feather
887 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
*(Information Session - see below)
November 1  
Hilton Head Boat House
405 Squire Pope Road
Hilton Head, SC 29926
November 5  
Safe Harbor Seafood
4371 Ocean Street
Jacksonville, FL 32233

November 6  
Eau Gallie Civic Center
1551 Highland Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32935
November 7  
Loxahatchee River Center
805 North U.S. Hwy 1
Jupiter, FL 33477
November 8   
Harvey Government Center
1200 Truman Ave.
Key West, FL 33040
(Note: This Information Session will be held as scheduled)

For-Hire Electronic Reporting Information Session
Date: October 30
Location: Haddrells Point Fin to Feather
887 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

An informational session on upcoming for-hire electronic reporting requirements will be offered on October 30, 2018. Reporting requirements will include weekly, trip-level reporting for all trips using a NMFS-approved electronic reporting tool (mobile applications, web-based reporting site). All federally-permitted for-hire captains are encouraged to attend the information session to learn about:
·       requirements of reporting,
·       how and when the requirements may be implemented, and
·       examples of the tools that may be available for electronically reporting.
For additional information, please contact Kathleen Howington at; Office 843-571-4366; Cell: 864-431-3005
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