December 2017 Council Meeting

Monday, December 11, 2017 - Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Westin Annapolis, Capitol D Meeting Room
100 Westgate Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone 410-972-4300

Webinar: For online access to the meeting, enter as a guest at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/december2017.

Public Comments: After Thursday, December 7, 2017, all public comments must be submitted using the online comment form linked below. Comments submitted through the form will be automatically added to a spreadsheet available at the "View Late Comments" link below.

Agenda Overview and Briefing Materials

Monday, December 11

1:00 p.m. Council Convenes

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Risk Assessment

3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Risk Policy Framework – Meeting 2

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tilefish Survey Project Report, Michael Frisk, Jill Olin, Robert Cerrato

Tuesday, December 12

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Executive Committee (CLOSED SESSION) - Ricks E Savage Award

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Council Photo

9:15 a.m. Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Meeting as a Committee of the Whole

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Squid Buffer Zone Framework – Meeting 1

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Chub Mackerel Amendment

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Law Enforcement Report

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Joint Meeting of the Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Scup Recreational Specifications

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Summer Flounder Recreational Specifications

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Summer Flounder Amendment

Wednesday, December 13

9:00 a.m. Joint Meeting of the Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Black Sea Bass Recreational Specifications

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Black Sea Bass Wave 1 Letter of Authorization Framework

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Black Sea Bass Amendment

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bluefish Amendment

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Presentation, Brian Hooker

Thursday, December 14

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 2018 Implementation Plan

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Business Session

  • Committee Reports
    • Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee (Herring Amendment 8 Comments)
    • Executive Committee
  • Executive Director's Report (Tab 18)Chris Moore
    • Golden Tilefish IFQ review
    • NEFMC Framework 57 update
  • Science Report, Rich Seagraves
  • Organization Reports
    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office
    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    • NOAA Office of General Counsel
    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Liaison Reports (Tab 19)
    • New England Council
    • South Atlantic Council
    • Regional Planning Body
  • Continuing and New Business