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SAFMC Public Hearing for Snapper Grouper Amendment 30 (VMS): April 25
April 25, 2013 — 4-7 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton New Bern, 100 Middle Street, New Bern (252-638-3585).
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is requesting public input on management alternatives that may require the use of vessel monitoring systems (VMS) on vessels with a Federal South Atlantic Commercial Snapper Grouper Permit, both unlimited or trip-limited (225 pounds) permits. The Council is not considering the use of VMS on private recreational or for-hire vessels unless these vessels have a South Atlantic Federal Commercial Snapper Grouper permit. Currently, the Council is developing Amendment 30 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan to address the proposed VMS requirement.
The Council will hold a series of public hearings in April to gather public input on Amendment 30 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. Council staff will be on hand to provide an overview of the measures proposed in the amendment, and available for informal discussions and to answer questions. Members of the public will have an opportunity to go on record after the presentation to record their comments for consideration by the Council. Local Council representatives will attend the hearings and listen to public comment.
The Council is also accepting written comments on Amendment 30. Written comments should be addressed to: Robert Mahood, SAFMC, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405. Comments may be sent via fax to 843-769-4520. Email comments may be submitted to SGAmend30Comments@safmc.net. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 3, 2013.
Copies of the public hearing document will be posted on the Council's web site at www.safmc.net and available by contacting the Council office at 843-571-4366 or toll free at 866-SAFMC-10.
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