From February 11th thru April 16,2014 the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council SAFMC will be traveling to South Atlantic towns to hold informal public meetings to hear public comment and gather ideas for future management of the South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Fishery. These "Port Meetings" will give Fisherman and those with fishing interests a chance to provide their public input to be used to help the Council develop a long-term strategic plan for the fishery.
On Tuesday February 11th the Council was in Murrells Inlet, SC at Capt. Dave's Dockside Restaurant to hear from local fishermen and those within the fishing industry. The meeting went great with some great points and ideas addressed by those in attendance from around the industry. Here are some of the issues that those in attendance of the Murrells Inlet Port Meeting believe need to be addressed and some proposed solutions to these issues to help Council in establishing a "sustainable fishery" in the South Atlantic
Christopher Conklin, South Carolina's SAFMC Representative and Owner of Seven Seas Seafood, was on hand Tuesday Evening and wanted to remind and urge fishermen to participate in the council process and that the process does not work without stakeholder input. Conklin also urges fishermen to keep up with the Amendments that could have a negative impact within them like the all too familiar Amendments from a few years ago that regulated the Black Sea Bass and Snapper Fishery in which no one spoke up until it was too late.
These meetings offer a great opportunity for those in the industry to offer their ideas on how to help this fishery survive to be forwarded to Council. Below are links provided by SAFMC on future meetings and an online form to submit your ideas if you are unable to attend any of the local meetings. Make your voice heard for the future of our industry whether or not you can physically attend via the info and links below.
The SAFMC does appreciate your help spreading the word to other fishermen about this effort and also letting folks know that they can also submit comments on the web comment form below. Below are some useful links about the larger Visioning Project, port meetings and the web comment form.
- Visioning Project – http://www.safmc.net/resource-
- Port Meetings - http://www.safmc.net/resource-
- Port Meeting flyer - http://safmc.net/sites/
default/files/Resource% 20Library/pdf/Visioning%20&% 20Port%20Meetings/port- meeting-flyer-draft-011714.pdf
- Port Meeting Web Comment Form: http://www.safmc.net/resource-