June 2019 Council Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - Thursday, June 6, 2019

Yotel New York, 570 Tenth Ave (at W 42nd), New York, NY 10036. Telephone: 646-449-7700

Public Comments: Written comments received prior to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 will be included in the appropriate “Briefing Materials” link under each agenda item below. Comments received after this date but before 5:00 p.m.on Thursday, May 30, 2019 will be posted as supplemental materials. After that date, all comments must be submitted using an online comment form (link to be posted here following the supplemental comment deadline).

Briefing Materials: Briefing materials and presentations will be posted below as they become available.

Agenda Overview

Tuesday, June 4th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog 2020 Specifications Review (Tab 1)

  • Review Advisory Panel, SSC, and staff recommendations for 2020 specifications

  • Recommend any changes if necessary

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Catch Share Program Review (Tab 2)

  • Review public comments received

  • Approve program review and submit to NOAA Fisheries

  • Review recommendations from the Oversight Team and discuss next steps

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares (Tab 3)

  • Review and approve Excessive Shares Public Hearing Document

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Atlantic Surfclam Research for Great South Channel Habitat Management Area (Tab 4)

  • Update on progress to date

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Unmanaged Species Landings Update (Tab 5)

  • Review commercial landings of unmanaged species and Mid-Atlantic Council ecosystem component species

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. SSC Overfishing Limit (OFL) Coefficient of Variation (CV) Guidelines (Tab 6)

  • Review and approve OFL CV guidance document

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. NMFS Northeast Regional Strategic Plan (Tab 7)

Wednesday, June 5th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish 2020 Specifications (Tab 8)

  • Review Advisory Panel, SSC, and/or staff recommendations for 2020 specifications, including butterfish and river herring/shad caps

  • Review the 2019 River Herring/Shad cap and the current mackerel closure and consider potential actions for in-season adjustments or other modifications

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Illex Working Group Update (Tab 9)

  • Review Working Group progress

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Ricks E Savage Award (Tab 10)

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Illex Permitting and Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan Goals Amendment (Tab 11)

  • Review scoping comments

  • Approve scope of alternatives for further development

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Overview of NEFSC Fishery Management and Research Division (Tab 12)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 2020-2024 Strategic Plan (Tab 13)

  • Review stakeholder survey results, Advisory Panel feedback, and public meeting comments

Thursday, June 6th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Report (Tab 14)

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

  •  Committee Reports

    • Scientific and Statistical Committee Report

  •  Executive Director's Report (Tab 15)

    • Upcoming HMS actions

  • Organization Reports (Tab 16)

    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office

    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    • NOAA Office of General Counsel

    • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement

    • US Coast Guard

    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • Liaison Reports (Tab 17)

    • New England Council

    • South Atlantic Council

  • Continuing and New Business