The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) will host a Marine Protected Area Expert Workgroup meeting February 4-6 in North Charleston, SC.
During the three day event, experts from across the country will gather to address the use of MPAs to reduce bycatch mortality associated with speckled hind and Warsaw grouper.
According to SAFMC, both species are highly susceptible to overfishing, and because they are caught in deeper waters, few survive when captured and released. The Council is considering using MPAs, including modification of current deepwater MPAs, to help reduce bycatch mortality.
This is the second meeting of the MPA Expert Workgroup. An earlier meeting was held in April 2012 and recommendations provided to the Council. Meeting details and briefing book materials are available from the Council's website.
Date: February 4 - 6, 2013
Meeting location: Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel
4381 Tanger Outlet Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29418
phone 800/503-5762 or 843/744-4422
For more information, visit www.safmc.net
source: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council