March 2019 Council Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet March 6-7, 2019 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Telephone 757-213-3000).

Webinar

For online access to the meeting, enter as a guest at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/march2019.

Public Comments

Public comments received by 11:59 p.m. on February 20, 2019 will be included in the briefing book. Comments received after this date but before 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2019 will be posted as supplemental materials on this page. All comments submitted after this deadline must be submitted using the late comment form, which will be linked from this page after the supplemental comment deadline has passed.

Agenda and Briefing Materials

Briefing materials and additional documents will be posted below as they become available.

Wednesday, March 6th

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Summary of Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW)/Stock Assessment Review Committee (SARC) 66, NEFSC Staff

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Summer Flounder 2019-2021 Specifications

  • Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, staff, and Advisory Panel recommendations

  • Adopt revised specifications for 2019 and new specifications for 2020-2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Summer Flounder 2019 Recreational Measures

  • Review Monitoring Committee, staff, and Advisory Panel recommendations

  • Recommend Conservation Equivalency or coastwide management and associated measures for 2019

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer Flounder Commercial Issues and Goals and Objectives Amendment

  • Final action

Thursday, March 7th

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Interim 2020 Specifications for Black Sea Bass, Scup, and Bluefish

  • Adopt interim 2020 specifications

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Black Sea Bass Management Reform

  • Status of joint working group

  • Possible amendment

11:30 a.m. Council Convenes

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Kitty Hawk Wind Project, Craig Poff - Avangrid Renewables

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Chub Mackerel Amendment

  • Review public hearing comments and AP and Committee recommendations

  • Final Action

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Business Session

  • Committee Reports

    • Scientific and Statistical Committee Report

  • Executive Director’s Report

    • Review and approve current SSC membership

  • 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

    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • Liaison Reports

    • New England Council

    • South Atlantic Council

  • Continuing and New Business