August 2019 Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - Thursday, August 15, 2019

Location: Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, Telephone 215-496-3200.

Meeting Materials: Briefing documents will be posted below as they become available.

Public Comments: Written comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2019 to be included in the briefing book. Comments received after this date but before 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2019 will be posted as supplemental materials on the Council meeting web page. After that date, all comments must be submitted using an online comment form available at available at

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Meeting Agenda

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Tuesday, August 13th

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Research Steering Committee Meeting

  • Address the November Committee meeting requests

  • Discuss role of the Research Steering Committee

  • Discuss the NEFMC Research Set-Aside (RSA) review

  • Discuss next steps for RSA

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Council Convenes

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Swearing in of New and Reappointed Council Members and Election of Officers

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Joint Meeting of the Council and the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

  • Review draft framework

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Council Policies

  • Review Council policies on public comments, webinars, and Fishery Management Action Teams

5:00 p.m. Council Adjourns

Wednesday, August 14th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Hab in the Mab: Characterizing Black Sea Bass Habitat in the Mid-Atlantic Bight, Bradley Stevens, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

  • Presentation on final report

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Offshore Wind Update

  • Update on recent activities and developments regarding offshore wind in the mid-Atlantic

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Summer Flounder Recreational MSE Project, Dr. Gavin Fay and Dr. Jason McNamee

  • Presentation on final report

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Council Risk Policy - Framework Meeting 1

  • Review and approve draft alternatives

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Black Sea Bass Commercial and Recreational Issues

  • Update on ASMFC discussions regarding state-by-state commercial quota allocations

  • Update on and discussion of recreational management reform initiative

  • Discuss next steps

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. River Herring & Shad Update and Cap Review

  • Review and discuss potential action for 2020 River Herring/Shad Cap

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allocation Review Criteria for All FMPs

  • Review NMFS Policy Directive for allocation review criteria

  • Adopt allocation review criteria for MAFMC FMPs

5:30 p.m. Council Adjourns

Thursday, August 15th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Business Session

  • Committee Reports

    • Scientific and Statistical Committee Report

    • Research Steering Committee Report

    • Atlantic Coast Fish Habitat Partnership MOU

  • Executive Director's Report, Chris Moore

    • Initiation of a Monkfish Framework

    • Review and approve modifications to SOPPs

  • Organization Reports

    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office

    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    • NOAA Office of General Counsel

    • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement

    • US Coast Guard

  • Liaison Reports

    • New England Council

    • South Atlantic Council

  • Continuing and New Business