Commercial Electronic Vessel Trip Report (eVTR) Framework

Overview

The Council is considering requiring commercial vessels with federal permits for species managed by the Council to submit their VTRs electronically.

Contact

Karson Coutre, Fishery Management Specialist, kcoutre@mafmc.org , (302) 526-5259

Status

Technical development has begun and Framework Meeting 1 is anticipated for the April Council meeting. A Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2019 - see the Council calendar or contact staff for more information.

Documents

(will be posted as available)

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Framework Framework on Conservation Equivalency, Block Island Sound Transit, and Slot Limits

The Council and the ASMFC are developing a joint framework action and addendum to consider adding the following management options to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan:

Bluefish Allocation Amendment

The Mid-Atlantic Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are developing an amendment to review and possibly revise the allocation of Atlantic bluefish between the commercial and recreational fisheries and the commercial allocations to the states. As part of this amendment the Council and ASMFC will also be reviewing the goals and objectives of the bluefish FMP and the quota transfer processes. Other issues may also be considered.

Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment

This amendment will consider options to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) privileges.  In addition, the goals and objectives for the SCOQ FMP will be reviewed and potentially revised.