Westin Jekyll Island
110 Ocean Way
Jekyll Island GA 31527
Phone: Reservations: 888-627-8316 or 912-635-4545/Fax: 912-319-2838
June 13-17, 2016 (Preliminary Agenda)
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
1550 N. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach FL 32931
Phone: Reservations: 1-800-445-8667 or 321-799-0003/Fax: 321-799-0003
September 12-16, 2016
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
8121 Amalfi Place
Myrtle Beach SC 29572
Phone: Toll Free: 1-877-403-7676 or 843-913-1333/Fax: 843-913-1334
December 5-9, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront
2717 W. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach NC 28512
Phone: Reservations: 800-222-8733 or 252-240-1155/Fax: 252-222-4065
Archives (2006 - 2015 meeting information and materials, including briefing books)
Council Meeting Process
Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meet four times each year, once in each of the four states in the southeast region. Meetings generally last five days and involve meetings of the Council's committees and a Council session involving all members. Advisory panels meetings, public hearings, and public comment sessions may also be scheduled during the week.
During each quarterly Council meeting, committee meetings are held for any fishery that has proposed amendments being developed by the Council. Committees are made up of specific Council members and detailed agendas and documents for each committee meeting are provided to the public prior to the meeting via the Council's website through a briefing book.
Amendments under development must go through the Council process before any final action on a proposed management measure is taken. The steps to the Council process include:
At this point in the process, the Council has completed their role in the development of the amendment and it is then sent to NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service for further review, public comment, and approval by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce before being implemented.
Meeting weeks are consistently held in the following order and locations:
The Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee meets in conjunction with the June and September meetings. The Council's Advisory Panel Selection Committee typically meets in conjunction with the June and December meetings. Except for designated closed sessions, the public is invited to attend all meetings.
Archives (2006 - 2014 meeting information and materials, including briefing books)