South Atlantic Upcoming Meetings

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold 
meetings of its: Snapper Grouper AP; Joint Shrimp and Deepwater Shrimp 
AP; Dolphin Wahoo AP; King and Spanish Mackerel AP; and Coral AP in 
North Charleston, SC. An MPA Workshop will be held in conjunction with 
the Snapper Grouper AP meeting. All meetings are open to the public. 
DATES: The meetings will take place from April 18-May 10, 2012.
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South Atlantic Meetings of Public Interest

If you fish in federal waters more than three miles off the South Atlantic coast, chances are there is a meeting scheduled in the coming weeks regarding federal fisheries that is of interest to you. Please see the list below and mark your calendars. All meetings are open to the public.

Note that all of the advisory panel meetings and a marine protected area workshop will be held in North Charleston, SC at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418; Hotel phone (843) 308-9330. Additional information, including meeting agendas, overviews and briefing book materials are posted on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web site at as they become available.

April 3-5      SAFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Meeting
April 18-19  Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel (AP) Meeting
April 18       Marine Protected Area Workshop
April 20       Joint Shrimp and Deepwater Shrimp AP Meeting
April 24       Dolphin Wahoo AP Meeting
April 24-25  King and Spanish Mackerel AP Meeting
May 9-10    Coral AP Meeting

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Recreational Season Vermilion Snapper

Recreational Season Opens for Vermilion Snapper on April 1st in South Atlantic Federal Waters

The recreational season for vermilion snapper will reopen on April 1, 2012. The daily bag limit is 5 vermilion snapper per person (in addition to the aggregate bag limit of 10 snapper), with a minimum size limit of 12" Total Length. The recreational season ends annually on November 1, 2012.

The commercial fishery remains closed, and the split-season will reopen on July 1.