June 2018 Council Meeting

June 5-7, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5686
Telephone 215-893-1600

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

Public Comments: Written comments must be received by Wednesday, May 23 to be included in the Council meeting briefing book. Comments received after this deadline but before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 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 http://www.mafmc.org/public-comment.

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PDF Agenda

Tuesday, June 5th

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Executive Committee (Closed Session)

  • Advisory Panel Appointments

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Surfclam/Ocean Quahog Committee – Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment

  • Committee review and approve a range of alternatives for consideration by the Council

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Council Convenes

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Law Enforcement Report

  • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
  • US Coast Guard

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Surfclam/Ocean Quahog Specifications

  • Review Advisory Panel, SSC, and staff recommendations for 2019 specifications
  • Recommend any changes if necessary

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mackerel Framework – Meeting 2

  • Take final action on modifications to mackerel closure provisions

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 Public Hearing
Peter Kendall, Herring Committee Chair

  • Public hearing on Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP with proposed alternatives to; (1) establish an acceptable biological catch control rule for Atlantic herring; and (2) address potential localized depletion and user conflicts in the fishery

Wednesday, June 6th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Chub Mackerel

  • Update on progress (FMAT, AP, and Committee meetings)
  • Approve draft goals and objectives for inclusion in a public hearing document
  • Consider management unit alternatives for consideration by the SSC

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment

  • Review and approve Draft EIS

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Estimating and Reducing the Discard Mortality Rate of Black Sea Bass in Offshore Recreational Rod-and-Reel Fisheries
Douglas Zemeckis

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Northeast Observer Program

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Update on NMFS Climate Strategy and Overview of Recent Research
Vince Saba, NMFS

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network Monitoring Plan
Sherilyn Lau, EPA

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Regulatory Review Results 

  • Discuss and approve recommendations for regulatory streamlining

Thursday, June 7th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Aquaculture in the Northeast

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Business Session

  • Committee Reports
    • Executive Committee
    • Surfclam/Ocean Quahog Committee
  • Executive Director's Report, Chris Moore
  • Organization Reports
    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office
    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    • NOAA Office of General Counsel
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Liaison Reports
    • New England Council
    • South Atlantic Council
    • Regional Planning Body
  • Continuing and New Business