October 2019 Council Meeting

Monday, October 7, 2019 - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Meeting Location: Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701, Telephone 919-956-9404

Lodging: Durham Marriott Center City, 201 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701, 919-768-6000

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 September 25, 2019 to be included in the briefing book. Comments received after this date but before 5:00 p.m. on October 3, 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 http://www.mafmc.org/public-comment.  

Webinar: For online access to the meeting, enter as a guest at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/october2019.

Agenda

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Monday, October 7th

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Executive Committee (CLOSED SESSION)

  • Review and approve changes to SOPP

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Executive Committee

  • Review Progress on 2019 Implementation Plan

  • Develop recommendations for 2020 priorities

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

1:00 p.m. Council Convenes

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monkfish Specifications

  • Summary of Operational Assessment

  • Review SSC, Plan Development Team, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations and adopt specifications for 2020-2022

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Spiny Dogfish Specifications  

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

  • Recommend any changes if necessary

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Illex Permitting and MSB Goals and Objectives Amendment   

  • Review Committee recommendations and provide direction to staff on Amendment development

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Illex In-Year Quota Adjustment Working Group   

  • Review Working Group Terms of Reference

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2020 - 2024 Comprehensive Research Priorities   

  • Review and provide feedback on draft research priorities

5:00 p.m. Council Adjourns

Tuesday, October 8th

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Summary of Operational Assessments for Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Bluefish, NEFSC Staff

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bluefish Specifications

  • Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations for 2020-2021 specifications

  • Adopt revised specifications for 2020 and new specifications for 2021

11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Bluefish Allocation Amendment

  • Discuss current status of the Bluefish Allocation Amendment

  • Review the updated action plan

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. ASMFC Bluefish FMP Review (BOARD ONLY)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Scup Commercial Discards Report

  • Review commercial scup discards through 2018

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scup Specifications

  • Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations for 2020-2021 specifications

  • Adopt revised specifications for 2020 and new specifications for 2021

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer Flounder Specifications

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

  • Review previously implemented 2020 specifications and recommend changes if necessary

5:00 p.m. Council Adjourns

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ASMFC Summer Flounder and Scup FMP Reviews (BOARD ONLY)

Wednesday, October 9th

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Black Sea Bass Specifications

  • Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations for 2020-2021 specifications

  • Adopt revised specifications for 2020 and new specifications for 2021

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocations

  • Discuss implications of revised MRIP data for sector allocations defined in FMPs

  • Consider initiating an amendment to address commercial and recreational allocations for all three species

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

12:00 p.m. - 12:05 p.m. ASMFC Black Sea Bass FMP Review (BOARD ONLY)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Potential Black Sea Bass Commercial Amendment

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

  • Consider initiating an amendment to address black sea bass commercial state-by state allocations

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Recreational Reform Initiative

  • Progress update on recreational management reform initiative focused on black sea bass, summer flounder, scup, and bluefish

3:00 p.m. ASMFC Board Adjourns / Council Convenes

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2020 - 2024 Strategic Plan

  • Review draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

5:00 p.m. Council Adjourns

Thursday, October 10th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

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

  • Committee Reports

    • SSC

    • Executive Committee - Review and approve SOPP recommendations

  • Executive Director's Report, Chris Moore

  • 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