Mar
13
Mar 14

NEFMC Workshops on Deep Sea Coral Management Areas (New Bedford, MA)

  • Fairfield Inn and Suites (New Bedford, MA)

The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting two workshops to bring together active fishermen who use bottom-tending mobile and fixed gear to discuss issues related to its Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

WORKSHOP #1, NEW BEDFORD, MA: Monday, March 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740.

WORKSHOP #2, PORTSMOUTH, NH: Wednesday, March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Harborside, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Click here to view more information about these workshops on the New England Council website.

Mar
14
Mar 16

MREP Mini Recreational Workshop

  • Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport)

NOTE: Date, time, and location details are subject to change. Please refer to the main MREP page on the GMRI website for the most up-to-date information.

MREP Mini Recreational

March 14–16, 2017
Crowne Plaza
Warwick, RI

Apply here:  http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast/apply

Learn more about MREP here: http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast

About the Marine Resource Education Program

MREP New England and Mid-Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how and why’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with members of the community moderating the meeting and assisting fellow fishermen to articulate issues, keeping the discussion real.

Participants leave the workshops with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Mar
15
9:00 am09:00

NEFMC Workshops on Deep Sea Coral Management Areas (Portsmouth, NH)

  • Sheraton Harborside (Portsmouth, NH)

The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting two workshops to bring together active fishermen who use bottom-tending mobile and fixed gear to discuss issues related to its Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

WORKSHOP #1, NEW BEDFORD, MA: Monday, March 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740.

WORKSHOP #2, PORTSMOUTH, NH: Wednesday, March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Harborside, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Click here to view more information about these workshops on the New England Council website.

Mar
15
1:00 pm13:00
SSC

March 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

The Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, March 15-16, 2017, beginning at 1 PM on March 15 and concluding by 1 PM on March 16.  The meeting will at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: 410-234-0550

The purpose of this meeting is to make multi-year ABC recommendations for golden and blueline tilefish based on updated stock assessment information recently complied for both species. In addition, topics to be discussed include the NEFSC Ecosystem Status Report, SSC OFL CV Progress Report, MRIP Evaluation Report and establishing status determination criteria for chub mackerel.

Additional information and briefing materials will be posted HERE.

Mar
21
10:00 am10:00

Tilefish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Tilefish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on March 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to recommend management measures designed to achieve recommended catch limits for the blueline and golden tilefish fisheries.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/tile-mc-2017/.

Mar
28
Mar 30

Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Review FMAT Data Meeting with Invited Experts

The EFH Review Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet to review data resources and methods to support the revision of essential fish habitat (EFH) designations for the Mid-Atlantic Council’s managed species.

Contact: Jessica Coakley, jcoakley@mafmc.org(302) 526-5252

About FMAT Meetings

Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) meetings are working meetings of Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. The Council typically posts announcements of FMAT meetings to the calendar on the Council’s website, sometimes with very little notice. Detailed agendas and information on the meeting location and how to connect via phone or webinar (if available) are not posted but may be obtained by contacting Council staff prior to the meeting. FMAT members may discuss topics listed on the agenda in any order and may also discuss topics not listed. Members of the public may attend FMAT meetings, or listen to the meetings if they are broadcast, but should not expect to participate in the discussion unless the FMAT chair invites public input during a specified public comment period to be noted at the beginning of the meeting. Work carried out by the FMAT is considered during committee and/or Council meetings, during which public comments are encouraged.

 

Apr
11
Apr 13

April 2017 Council Meeting

  • Icona Golden Inn

The Council will hold its April 2017 meeting April 11-13, 2017 in Avalon, New Jersey. The meeting will be held at the Icona Golden Inn (7849 Dune Dr., Avalon, NJ 08202, (609) 368-5155). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

Planned Meeting Topics

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

  • Chub mackerel amendment - Review scoping plan and alternative development
  • Black sea bass accountability measures framework – Framework meeting 2, final action
  • Golden tilefish 2018-2020 specifications – Adopt
  • Blueline tilefish 2018-2020 specifications – Adopt
  • Industry-Funded Monitoring Omnibus Amendment – Review New England action
  • EAFM risk assessment – Approve risk matrix
May
10
1:00 pm13:00

Joint Meeting with ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Boards

  • The Westin Alexandria

The Council will meet jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Boards to discuss the Scup Commercial Quota Period Framework Action, the Summer Flounder Amendment, and a possible wave 1 experimental fishery for black sea bass. The Council anticipates taking final action on the Scup Commercial Quota Period Framework Action. Additional details can be found on the ASMFC website at http://www.asmfc.org/calendar/5/2017/ASMFC-2017-Spring-Meeting/862

May
17
May 18
SSC

May 2017 SSC Meeting

The SSC will meet May 17-18, 2017. Additional details will be posted on this page as they become available. Please note that the start and end times may be adjusted once the meeting agenda is finalized.

Jun
6
Jun 8

June 2017 Council Meeting

  • The Main Hotel - Norfolk, VA

The Council will hold its June 2017 meeting June 6-8, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. The meeting will be held at The Main Hotel (100 Main St., Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 763-6200). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.
 

Jul
19
9:00 am09:00
SSC

July 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

The SSC will meet July 19-20, 2017. Additional details will be posted on this page as they become available. Please note that the start and end times may be adjusted once the meeting agenda is finalized.

Aug
8
Aug 10

August 2017 Council Meeting

  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

The Council will hold its August 2017 meeting August 8-10, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (21 North Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 496-3200). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.
 

Sep
13
Sep 14
SSC

September 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

The SSC will meet September 13-14, 2017. Additional details will be posted on this page as they become available. Please note that the start and end times may be adjusted once the meeting agenda is finalized.

Oct
10
Oct 12

October 2017 Council Meeting

  • Hyatt Long Island East End

The Council will hold its October 2017 meeting October 10-12, 2017 in Riverhead, New York. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Long Island East End (451 East Main St., Riverhead, NY  11901, (631) 208-0002). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.
 

Dec
11
Dec 14

December 2017 Council Meeting

  • Westin Annapolis

The Council will hold its December 2017 meeting December 11-14, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland. The meeting will be held at the Westin Annapolis (100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD  21401, (410) 972-4300). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.


Feb
9
9:00 am09:00

Tilefish Advisory Panel Webinar

The Tilefish Advisory Panel of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. and conclude by 12 noon.

The purpose of the meeting is to create a fishery performance report by the Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel. The intent of this report is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel members for the Golden and Blueline Tilefish specifications process, including recommendations by the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option: 

Meeting Materials

Feb
7
2:00 pm14:00

Law Enforcement Committee Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Law Enforcement Committee will meet via webinar on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is for the Law Enforcement Committee to review and comment on the NOAA Fisheries 2017 Enforcement Priorities.

The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

Meeting Materials

Feb
6
2:00 pm14:00

Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

The purpose of this meeting is to review and comment on the recently approved stock assessment information for black sea bass, as well as the reports and recommendations of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee regarding black sea bass fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for 2017-2019.  The Advisory Panel will also be asked to provide comments and recommendations on recreational management measures (possession limits, size limits, and season) for 2017. The Council and ASMFC will consider input from the AP at their joint meeting in February when reviewing these specifications.

Meeting Materials

Presentation

Supplemental Materials

Jan
26
10:00 am10:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on January 26, 2017, to develop recommendations for commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for black sea bass for 2017-2019. The Monitoring Committee will also develop recommendations for recreational management measures for black sea bass in 2017. 

Meeting Materials

Supplemental

Jan
17
Jan 19

MREP Management 100 Workshop

  • Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel

NOTE: Date, time, and location details are subject to change. Please refer to the main MREP page on the GMRI website for the most up-to-date information.

MREP Management 100
January 17-19, 2016
Sheraton, Atlantic City, NJ

Apply here:  http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast/apply

Learn more about MREP here: http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast

About the Marine Resource Education Program

MREP New England and Mid-Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how and why’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with members of the community moderating the meeting and assisting fellow fishermen to articulate issues, keeping the discussion real.

Participants leave the workshops with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Jan
3
8:00 am08:00

MREP Science 100 Workshop

  • Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel

NOTE: Date, time, and location details are subject to change. Please refer to the main MREP page on the GMRI website for the most up-to-date information.

MREP Science 100
January 3-5, 2016
Sheraton, Atlantic City, NJ

Apply here:  http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast/apply

Learn more about MREP here: http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast

About the Marine Resource Education Program

MREP New England and Mid-Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how and why’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with members of the community moderating the meeting and assisting fellow fishermen to articulate issues, keeping the discussion real.

Participants leave the workshops with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Dec
1
10:00 am10:00

Joint Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee and Advisory Panel Meeting

  • The DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport

The Council's Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Committee and Advisory Panel will meet jointly on December 1 in Baltimore, MD. The meeting will be broadcast for listen-only webinar access (no remote participation) via this link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid-com-ap/

Additional ongoing analyses described in the Sept 13 AP Meeting Summary will be posted on November 29, but the following documents will support the meeting:

Meeting Materials

Special Accommodations

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

 

 

Nov
18
9:00 am09:00

Summer Flounder Allocation Peer Review Meeting

  • DoubleTree by Hilton BWI Airport

The Council will convene a peer review panel consisting of members of the MAFMC’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and other outside experts, to review a summer flounder allocation model project. The meeting will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton BWI Airport (890 Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090; telephone: (410) 859-8400.)

The MAFMC contracted the development of this project to inform consideration of potential changes to the allocation of annual catch and landings limits between the commercial and recreational sectors of the summer flounder fishery. This analysis aims to determine which allocations would maximize benefits to the commercial and recreational sectors. The results of this project and peer review are scheduled to be presented to the MAFMC in December 2016.

Meeting Materials

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

Public Hearing: New Jersey Special Management Zones (Cape May, NJ)

  • Congress Hall

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold three public hearings in November 2016 to gather public comments on a request by the State of New Jersey to designate 13 of its artificial reef sites located in federal waters as Special Management Zones (SMZ). The hearings will be held November 15-17, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Public Hearing Schedule

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows:

  • Tuesday November 15, 2016, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn NY 11235, Room M239 of the Marina and Academic Center (The Lighthouse).
  • Wednesday November 16, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.
  • Thursday November 17, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204.

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, 302-526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Written Comments

Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. and may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (include “NJ SMZ Request” on envelope);
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at fax number 302-674-5399 (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line); or
  • Email to Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line).

Background

In November 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) petitioned the Mid-Atlantic Council to designate 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs under provisions of Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The petition was based on the need to reduce gear conflicts between hook and line fishermen and fixed pot/trap gear at those sites. The SMZ designation could prohibit the use of any gear except hook and line and spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand) within the 13 potential SMZ sites. The Council’s SMZ Monitoring Team (MT) evaluated the NJDEP request and recommended that the Council designate all 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs. The MT analysis indicated that commercial fishing vessels deploying pot/trap gear off the coast of New Jersey would likely face minimal to no losses in ex-vessel revenue if the artificial reefs are designated as SMZs. The Council is scheduled to review public comments and make a decision relative to NJ SMZ designation at its December 2016 meeting in Annapolis, MD.

For more information, contact Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org

Nov
17
2:00 pm14:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss recreational management measures (e.g., bag limits, size limits, and seasons) and strategies for recreational summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries in 2017.

 

Meeting Materials

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Nov
16
7:00 pm19:00

Public Hearing: New Jersey Special Management Zones (Toms River, NJ)

  • Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold three public hearings in November 2016 to gather public comments on a request by the State of New Jersey to designate 13 of its artificial reef sites located in federal waters as Special Management Zones (SMZ). The hearings will be held November 15-17, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Public Hearing Schedule

  • Tuesday November 15, 2016, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn NY 11235, Room M239 of the Marina and Academic Center (The Lighthouse).
  • Wednesday November 16, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.
  • Thursday November 17, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204.

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, 302-526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Written Comments

Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. and may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (include “NJ SMZ Request” on envelope);
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at fax number 302-674-5399 (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line); or
  • Email to Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line).

Background

In November 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) petitioned the Mid-Atlantic Council to designate 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs under provisions of Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The petition was based on the need to reduce gear conflicts between hook and line fishermen and fixed pot/trap gear at those sites. The SMZ designation could prohibit the use of any gear except hook and line and spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand) within the 13 potential SMZ sites. The Council’s SMZ Monitoring Team (MT) evaluated the NJDEP request and recommended that the Council designate all 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs. The MT analysis indicated that commercial fishing vessels deploying pot/trap gear off the coast of New Jersey would likely face minimal to no losses in ex-vessel revenue if the artificial reefs are designated as SMZs. The Council is scheduled to review public comments and make a decision relative to NJ SMZ designation at its December 2016 meeting in Annapolis, MD.

For more information, contact Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org

Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

Public Hearing: New Jersey Special Management Zones (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Kingsborough Community College

Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Hearings on New Jersey Special Management Zones

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold three public hearings in November 2016 to gather public comments on a request by the State of New Jersey to designate 13 of its artificial reef sites located in federal waters as Special Management Zones (SMZ). The hearings will be held November 15-17, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Public Hearing Schedule

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows:

  • Tuesday November 15, 2016, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn NY 11235, Room M239 of the Marina and Academic Center (The Lighthouse).
  • Wednesday November 16, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.
  • Thursday November 17, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204.

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, 302-526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Written Comments

Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. and may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (include “NJ SMZ Request” on envelope);
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at fax number 302-674-5399 (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line); or
  • Email to Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line).

Background

In November 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) petitioned the Mid-Atlantic Council to designate 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs under provisions of Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The petition was based on the need to reduce gear conflicts between hook and line fishermen and fixed pot/trap gear at those sites. The SMZ designation could prohibit the use of any gear except hook and line and spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand) within the 13 potential SMZ sites. The Council’s SMZ Monitoring Team (MT) evaluated the NJDEP request and recommended that the Council designate all 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs. The MT analysis indicated that commercial fishing vessels deploying pot/trap gear off the coast of New Jersey would likely face minimal to no losses in ex-vessel revenue if the artificial reefs are designated as SMZs. The Council is scheduled to review public comments and make a decision relative to NJ SMZ designation at its December 2016 meeting in Annapolis, MD.

For more information, contact Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org

Nov
14
10:00 am10:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel, together with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Advisory Panel, will meet via webinar on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential changes to the dates of the three commercial quota periods for the scup fishery. The three quota periods are each allocated a different percentage of the annual commercial quota and different possession limits are in effect during each period. The Council is considering initiating a framework adjustment, or other management action, to modify the dates of these quota periods, based on past requests from Advisory Panel members. During this meeting, advisors will review a preliminary analysis of the potential impacts of modifying the quota period dates, will review recommendations from the Monitoring Committee, and will have an opportunity to provide the Council with additional input on a potential management action to modify these dates.

Meeting Materials

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Nov
9
Nov 10

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee Meeting

  • Admiral Fell Inn

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231; telephone: (410) 522-7377.

A listen-only webinar connection is available for non-committee members, except for designated public comment periods as time allows.

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/mc-2016/ 
Audio: 1-800-832-0736, room number 4472108

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations for recreational management measures for the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries for the 2017 fishing year. The Committee will also discuss initial analyses related to a possible scup commercial seasons framework action. 

Meeting Materials

Agenda

Wednesday November 9, 2016

1:00 pm    Summer Flounder Recreational Measures (updated 11/9/16 for minor corrections)

Thursday November 10, 2016

8:30 am      Scup Recreational Measures

10:30 am    Scup Commercial Seasons Initial Analysis (updated 11/8/16 for minor corrections)

1:00 pm      Black Sea Bass Recreational Measures

Times are subject to change based on the pace of discussion.

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

 

Nov
1
6:00 pm18:00

Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment Public Hearing (Narragansett, RI)

  • Corless Auditorium, Watkins Bldg Univ of RI Graduate School of Oceanography

The Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils are developing an omnibus amendment to allow for industry-funded monitoring. This amendment includes omnibus alternatives that would modify all the fishery management plans managed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils to allow for standardized and streamlined development of future industry-funded monitoring programs. Additionally, this amendment includes alternatives for new industry-funded monitoring programs for the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan and the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.

View the Federal Register notice for complete details.

Documents

Public Hearings

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows.

  •  Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, telephone: (978) 281-9300;
  • Monday, October 17, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Online webinar - audio information will be provided when you enter the webinar, or you can call in directly: 800-832-0736RM: *7833942# (To provide oral comments you must call in via phone.)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Double Tree by Hilton Hotels, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME 04106, telephone: (207) 775-6161;
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, telephone: (888) 944-1816;
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, 218 Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02874.

Written Comments

You may submit written comments by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;=OAA-NMFS-2016-0125, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments;
  • Mail: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope “Comments on IFM Omnibus Amendment;”
  • Comments may also be provided verbally at any of the five public hearings.
Oct
31
Nov 2

MREP Science 200 Workshop

  • Holiday Inn Cape Cod-Falmouth

NOTE: Date, time, and location details are subject to change. Please refer to the main MREP page on the GMRI website for the most up-to-date information.

For MREP Alumni:
MREP Science 200
October 31–November 02, 2016
Holiday Inn, Cape Cod - Falmouth, MA

Apply here:  http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast/apply

Learn more about MREP here: http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast

About the Marine Resource Education Program

MREP New England and Mid-Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how and why’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with members of the community moderating the meeting and assisting fellow fishermen to articulate issues, keeping the discussion real.

Participants leave the workshops with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Oct
27
5:00 pm17:00

Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment Public Hearing (Cape May, NJ)

  • Congress Hall

The Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils are developing an omnibus amendment to allow for industry-funded monitoring. This amendment includes omnibus alternatives that would modify all the fishery management plans managed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils to allow for standardized and streamlined development of future industry-funded monitoring programs. Additionally, this amendment includes alternatives for new industry-funded monitoring programs for the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan and the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.

View the Federal Register notice for complete details.

Documents

Public Hearings

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows.

  •  Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, telephone: (978) 281-9300;
  • Monday, October 17, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Online webinar - audio information will be provided when you enter the webinar, or you can call in directly: 800-832-0736RM: *7833942# (To provide oral comments you must call in via phone.)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Double Tree by Hilton Hotels, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME 04106, telephone: (207) 775-6161;
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, telephone: (888) 944-1816;
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, 218 Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02874.

Written Comments

You may submit written comments by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;=OAA-NMFS-2016-0125, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments;
  • Mail: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope “Comments on IFM Omnibus Amendment;”
  • Comments may also be provided verbally at any of the five public hearings.
Oct
25
6:00 pm18:00

SAFMC Public Hearing Webinar about Changes to the Recreational Fishing Season for Atlantic Cobia

Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 30 includes one action to change the recreational fishing year for Atlantic cobia. In combination with the proposed changes to the recreational bag/vessel limit and minimum size limit in Framework Amendment 4 (approved by the SAFMC in September 2016), the change to the recreational fishing year is expected to reduce the risk of exceeding the recreational annual catch limit before participants in all states have opportunities to fish for cobia. The proposed measure would impact management of Atlantic cobia, which extends from the FL/GA border northward to NY.

DATE: October 25, 2016

TIME: 6:00 PM 

LOCATION: The public hearing is being held  via webinar only. Registration for the webinar is required - Click here to register.

HEARING OVERVIEW: 
Council staff will provide a presentation on the amendment and provide participants an opportunity to ask questions. Once the Q&A session is complete, staff will open the public comment portion of the hearing and participants will be able to provide verbal public comment via the webinar using the mics on their computer or phone.

AMENDMENT DOCUMENTS/PRESENTATIONS: 
Access the amendment documents and a video presentation to learn more about the action in the amendment.

Submit Comments

Written comments may be submitted by using the online public comment form, mail, or fax.  

Further details on submitting written comments are available at the Public Hearing & Scoping Meeting page of the Council's website.

Deadline for Submitting Written Comments: All written comments are due by 5 PM on November 15, 2016.

Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment Public Hearing (Portland, ME)

  • Double Tree by Hilton Hotels

The Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils are developing an omnibus amendment to allow for industry-funded monitoring. This amendment includes omnibus alternatives that would modify all the fishery management plans managed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils to allow for standardized and streamlined development of future industry-funded monitoring programs. Additionally, this amendment includes alternatives for new industry-funded monitoring programs for the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan and the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.

View the Federal Register notice for complete details.

Documents

Public Hearings

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows.

  •  Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, telephone: (978) 281-9300;
  • Monday, October 17, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Online webinar - audio information will be provided when you enter the webinar, or you can call in directly: 800-832-0736RM: *7833942# (To provide oral comments you must call in via phone.)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Double Tree by Hilton Hotels, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME 04106, telephone: (207) 775-6161;
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, telephone: (888) 944-1816;
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, 218 Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02874.

Written Comments

You may submit written comments by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;=OAA-NMFS-2016-0125, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments;
  • Mail: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope “Comments on IFM Omnibus Amendment;”
  • Comments may also be provided verbally at any of the five public hearings.
Oct
17
5:00 pm17:00

Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment Public Hearing (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils are developing an omnibus amendment to allow for industry-funded monitoring. This amendment includes omnibus alternatives that would modify all the fishery management plans managed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils to allow for standardized and streamlined development of future industry-funded monitoring programs. Additionally, this amendment includes alternatives for new industry-funded monitoring programs for the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan and the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. View the Federal Register notice for complete details.

Public Hearings

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows.

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, telephone: (978) 281-9300;
  • Monday, October 17, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Online webinar - audio information will be provided when you enter the webinar, or you can call in directly: 800-832-0736RM: *7833942# (To provide oral comments you must call in via phone.)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Double Tree by Hilton Hotels, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, ME 04106, telephone: (207) 775-6161;
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, telephone: (888) 944-1816;
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6-8 p.m., Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, 218 Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02874.

Written Comments

You may submit written comments by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;=OAA-NMFS-2016-0125, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments;
  • Mail: John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope “Comments on IFM Omnibus Amendment;”
  • Comments may also be provided verbally at any of the five public hearings.
Sep
29
9:00 am09:00

Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) Meeting

  • Courtyard Marriott Boston Logan Airport

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) will meet on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Boston Logan Airport, 225 William McClellan Highway, Boston, MA 02128; telephone: (617) 569-5250.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include

  • membership changes;
  • report of the NTAP Working Group meeting (2 August 2016);
  • results of witch flounder gear efficiency study and next steps for stock assessment;
  • results of research on increasing the number of survey stations;
  • group discussion on initial planning for 10 to 20-day field program;
  • introduction of NEFSC Working Group on transition options (i.e., to transition to industry based sampling platforms – in full or in part); and
  • next steps for NTAP including discussion about additional funding for future meetings.

The NTAP is a joint advisory panel of the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils composed of Council members, fishing industry, academic, and government and non-government fisheries experts. The NTAP was established to bring commercial fishing, fisheries science, and fishery management professionals in the northeastern U.S. together to identify concerns about regional research survey performance and data, to identify methods to address or mitigate these concerns, and to promote mutual understanding and acceptance of the results of this work among their peers and in the broader community.

Meeting Materials

Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Sep
26
9:00 am09:00

Summer Flounder Amendment FMAT Meeting

The Council's Summer Flounder Amendment Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet via webinar on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The FMAT will discuss draft revisions to FMP goals and objectives for summer flounder, and discuss tasks for the amendment's commercial and recreational issues working groups. 

Additional information about this action is available on the Summer Flounder Amendment page

Contact: Kiley Dancy, kdancy@mafmc.org(302) 526-5257

About FMAT Meetings

Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) meetings are working meetings of Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. The Council typically posts announcements of FMAT meetings to the calendar on the Council’s website, sometimes with very little notice. Detailed agendas and information on the meeting location and how to connect via phone or webinar (if available) are not posted but may be obtained by contacting Council staff prior to the meeting. FMAT members may discuss topics listed on the agenda in any order and may also discuss topics not listed. Members of the public may attend FMAT meetings, or listen to the meetings if they are broadcast, but should not expect to participate in the discussion unless the FMAT chair invites public input during a specified public comment period to be noted at the beginning of the meeting. Work carried out by the FMAT is considered during committee and/or Council meetings, during which public comments are encouraged.