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SAFMC Information and Education Overview – Utilizing the advisory panel process and partnerships Kim Iverson Public Information Officer South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
South Atlantic Region • EEZ off the coasts of NC, SC, GA and the east coast of Florida • Diverse habitats from the Outer Banks of NC to the FL Keys
SAFMC FMPs Snapper Grouper Dolphin/Wahoo Shrimp Coastal Migratory Pelagics(Mackerel) Corals Golden Crab Sargassum Habitat/FEP
Diverse Fisheries = Unique challenges For-Hire/Charter Fisheries 4 month spawning season closure for shallow-water grouper
Commercial Fisheries Wreckfish ITQ Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsements Red snapper closed
Private Recreational Vermilion snapper seasonal closure November through March Black sea bass season closed – over ACL by estimated 180%
Advisory Panels • Coral • Golden Crab • Habitat • Information & Education • King & Spanish Mackerel • Law Enforcement • Shrimp • Snapper Grouper • Spiny Lobster
Information and Education AP • AP Members - Provide input and direction for outreach efforts and use of outreach tools • Ten members meet annually • Chairman: Chris Woodward, Editor • Vice-Chair: Cathy Sakas, Outreach Specialist Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Other I&E Advisory Panel Members: SC Sea Grant NOAA Fisheries NC Div. of Marine Fisheries SC Office of Coastal and Resource Management SC Marine Association US Coast Guard US Fish & Wildlife Service
SA Update Quarterly Newsletter Regulations Topic specific News Releases Fact Sheets Post Cards Electronic and Hard Copy Publications
Portable Displays • General SAFMC used at Council meetings and hearings • New – Oculina Bank Deepwater Coral Display + DVD Revealing the Deep
Web Site www.safmc.net • Currently Includes: • Homepage: Announcements, News Releases, Quick Links, • List of all FMPs and Amendments + FRNs • Regulations by Species + ID • Separate Ecosystem-Based Management Section • Undergoing Upgrade: • Redesign: more user-friendly, adding list-serve, social media • Recommendations from I&E AP and Committee included
Informal Meetings, Q&A and Video Streaming • Format for public hearings/scoping includes informational sessions with staff • Informal Q&A held at each SAFMC meeting with NMFS and Council Chair plus staff available to answer questions. • Live video streaming of Council, SSC meetings and public hearings.
Partnerships and the Future • Partnering with Sea Grant to explore social media • Outreach for SMZs: • St. Lucie County, FL • FL Fish & Wildlife • Sea Grant Consortioum
Social Media: Looking Ahead • Regional Social Media Workshop in October • SAFMC and SC Sea Grant Partnership • Presentations on: • Facebook • Twitter • YouTube • Blogging • Mobile Applications • E-News