June 2018 Public Comments

Late comments submitted after the final public comment deadline for the June 2018 Council Meeting (Thursday, May 31, 5:00 p.m.) must be submitted using the form below. Comments submitted through the form will be automatically added to a spreadsheet available for Council consideration. A link to this spreadsheet is available on the June 2018 Council Meeting page. Late comments emailed to Council staff will not be forwarded to Council members. 

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April 2018 Public Comments

Late comments submitted after the final public comment deadline for the April 2018 Council Meeting (Thursday, April 5, 5:00 p.m.) must be submitted using the form below. Comments submitted through the form will be automatically added to a spreadsheet available for Council consideration. A link to this spreadsheet is available on the April 2018 Council Meeting page. Late comments emailed to Council staff will not be forwarded to Council members. 

April 2018 Public Comment Form

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Bluefish Allocation Amendment Comments

The Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are developing an amendment to review and possibly revise the allocation of Atlantic bluefish between the commercial and recreational fisheries and the commercial allocations to the states. For information and updates related to this action, please visit the Bluefish Allocation Amendment page

Please use the form below to submit comments regarding the range of potential issues to be addressed in the amendment.

Comment Form

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Please comment on any bluefish management measures or strategies you think may or may not be useful or practical and explain your rationale. Please also comment on any other issues that should be addressed in the amendment.

Summer Flounder Amendment Comments

Use the form below to submit written comments. Click here for additional details and information about scoping hearings.

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Contacts

Kirby Rootes-Murdy, FMP Coordinator, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Krootes-murdy@asmfc.org, 703.842.0740

Kiley Dancy, FMP Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
kdancy@mafmc.org, 302.526.5257

February 2018 Public Comments

Late comments submitted after the final public comment deadline for the February 2018 Council Meeting (Thursday, February 8, 5:00 p.m.) must be submitted using the form below. Comments submitted through the form will be automatically added to a spreadsheet available for Council consideration. A link to this spreadsheet is available on the February 2018 Council Meeting page. Late comments emailed to Council staff will not be forwarded to Council members. 

February 2018 Public Comment Form

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December 2017 Public Comments

Late comments submitted after the final public comment deadline for the December 2017 Council Meeting (Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.) must be submitted using the form below. Comments submitted through the form will be automatically added to a spreadsheet available for Council consideration. A link to this spreadsheet is available on the December 2017 Council Meeting page. Late comments emailed to Council staff will not be forwarded to Council members. 

December 2017 Public Comment Form

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Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments

The Council is soliciting written comments on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP).  The amendment will consider measures that define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) program. This is necessary to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the SCOQ ITQ privileges. In addition, the amendment will consider potential revisions to the goals and objectives for the SCOQ FMP. Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, available on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping hearings will be held July 10-17, 2017, and written comments may be submitted via mail, fax, email, or via the form below. Click here for details about scoping hearings and other methods of submitting written comments.

Comments must be submitted by July 21, 2017.

Scoping Comment Form

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May 2017 Joint Meeting of the Council and ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Boards

After the briefing book comment deadline has passed, late comments must be submitted using an online comment form. Comments submitted via the form below will be automatically posted to the website and available for Council consideration. A link to the comments submitted via this form will be available on the May 2017 Meeting Page.

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Chub Amendment Scoping Comments

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting scoping comments on the Chub Mackerel Amendment. The Council will hold six scoping hearings in May 2017, and written comments may be submitted through May 31, 2017. Comments may be submitted via email, mail, fax, or using the form below. Click here to view the scoping schedule and additional instructions for submitting written comments.

Online Comment Form

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River Herring and Shad - Stocks in the Fishery Decision

The Council is considering whether to include river herring and shad as Council-managed species. The River Herring and Shad Committee will discuss this issue at the upcoming Council meeting on October 4, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The full Council will consider the Committee's recommendations on October 5, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. More information, including briefing materials and instructions for listening via webinar, will be posted at http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/october-2016

Please use the form to provide comments on whether river herring and shad should be included as Council-managed species.

Comments

Unmanaged Forage Action Scoping Comments

Deadline: Friday October 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting scoping comments for an action that will address unmanaged forage species in the Mid-Atlantic. For details and supporting documents related to this action, please  review the scoping document or visit the Unmanaged Forage Action page.

Please use the form below to comment on any of the following questions/topics or other relevant issues that you believe the Council should consider as part of this proposed action. 

  1. What type of management action is most appropriate? (For example, development of a new FMP, and amendment to an existing FMP, or another action.)
  2. What type of management provisions would be most effective? (For example, designating unmanaged forage species as stocks “in the fishery”, as ecosystem component species, or as components of Essential Fish Habitat, or another provision.)
  3. Which currently unmanaged forage species should the Council include in the action?
  4. What type of fishing should the action regulate? (For example, all directed fishing, commercial fishing only, or commercial and recreational catches above a certain level.)
  5. Over what geographic area should the action apply?
  6. How should the Council prohibit the expansion of existing fisheries?     
  7. How should the Council allow new fisheries for forage species to develop?             
  8. What scientific data and models are available to inform the action?

Comment Form

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Blueline Tilefish

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is seeking public input for the development of a fishery management plan (FMP) for blueline tilefish and/or other deepwater species, or adding blueline tilefish to the existing golden tilefish FMP. This potential action will likely focus on the management of blueline tilefish off the Mid-Atlantic, and follows a Council request to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for emergency limits on blueline tilefish landings from waters off the Mid-Atlantic (i.e. north of North Carolina).

Use the form below to submit comments by July 6, 2015, 11:59 p.m.

Go to the Blueline Tilefish Action Page for more details.