Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

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

The summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass monitoring committee will meet November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*. The meeting location will be posted on this page once it has been finalized.

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations for recreational management measures for the 2019 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. The Committee may also discuss options for improvements to the recreational management measures process and ongoing analyses related to recreational fishery issues for these three species. 

* Start and end times are subject to change.

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Nov
19
10:00 AM10:00

Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel Working Group Meeting

  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Working Group of the Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet on Monday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) office located on 28 Tarzwell Dr., Narragansett, RI 02882 and available via webinar (http://www.mafmc.org/ntap).

The purpose of this Working Group meeting is to: 1) review the status of the wingspread performance analyses and gear performance (door) evaluations, 2) discuss the twin trawl survey design and door testing with considerations given to species of interest, timing, experimental design and analyses, 3) discuss other business and next steps for the NTAP.

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Nov
19
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Meeting

The summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass advisory panel will meet via webinar on November 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to review and provide feedback on proposed recreational management measures (e.g., bag limits, size limits, and seasons) and strategies for the recreational summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries in 2019. Background documents and webinar connection information will be posted to this page prior to the meeting.

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Dec
6
9:00 AM09:00
SSC

December 2018 Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet via webinar on Thursday, December 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During the webinar, the SSC will receive a report from the Surfclam Overfishing Limit (OFL) Working Group (WG) regarding any recommendations the WG may develop for the SSC to consider regarding a review of 2019 and 2020 Surfclam OFLs and Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC). The WG report and an SSC report with any recommendations will then be provided to the Council for their deliberations at the February 2019 Council meeting. Additional information and briefing materials will be available on this page prior to this meeting.

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Feb
12
to Feb 14

February 2019 Council Meeting – Virginia Beach, VA

  • Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council will meet February 12-14, 2019 in Virginia Beach, VA. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23151, 757-213-3000). Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

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Aug
12
to Aug 15

August 2019 Council Meeting – Philadelphia, PA

  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council will meet August 12-15, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-496-3200). Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

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Oct
8
to Oct 10

October 2019 Council Meeting

  • Durham Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council will meet October 8-10, 2019 in Durham, NC. The meeting will be held at the Durham Convention Center (301 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701, 919-956-9404), Lodging for the meeting will be at the Durham Marriott Center City (201 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701, 919-768-6000). Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

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Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #10 – Webinar

Registration URLhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5467929991483514883; Webinar ID: 658-611-667; Phone: 1-888-585-9008; Room Number: 853-657-937


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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

[RESCHEDULED] Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #4 – Newport News, VA

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 4th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this hearing (originally scheduled for September 13) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 PM.

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

[RESCHEDULED] Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #3 – Dover, DE

  • Dover Public Library, Meeting Room B (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this hearing (originally scheduled for September 13) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 PM, and the hearing location has been moved to Dover Public Library, Meeting Room B, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, Delaware 19901.

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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

[RESCHEDULED] Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #2 – Washington, NC

  • North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Washington Regional Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Note: Due to inclement weather, this hearing (originally scheduled for September 12) has been rescheduled for Monday, September 24, 6:00 PM.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Advisory Panel and Committee Meeting - Chub Mackerel Amendment (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel and Committee will meet on Monday September 24, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar, which can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/chubapcom2/ Participants may also connect via telephone by calling 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and provide comments on a draft public hearing document for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Chub Mackerel Amendment. This amendment will consider adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The amendment will consider potential catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks “in the fishery.”

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Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Spiny Dogfish Committee Meeting

The Spiny Dogfish Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet on Friday September 21, 2018 from 10 AM to 1 PM.  The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only audio connection to participate: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogcom/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop recommendations for future spiny dogfish specifications and associated management measures.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

Joint Law Enforcement Committee, Tilefish Committee, and Highly Migratory Species Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Law Enforcement Committee, Tilefish Committee, and Highly Migratory Species Committee will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via conference call.

During this meeting, the committees will discuss two important issues: 1) the sale of golden tilefish and tuna by recreational vessels that do not possess permits allowing for the sale of those species or possess Coast Guard vessel safety requirements for commercial vessels; 2) Responsibilities of for-hire captains regarding fishing regulation (e.g., minimum size limit, bag limit) on for hire-trips. The purpose of the conference call is to discuss these two issues and develop an agenda and set of questions to be discussed at a future workshop.

To join the conference call:

  • Dial 1.877.446.2362 (toll free)

  • Hit 7 to access Bridge

  • Enter passcode: 2580 then #

  • Enter Bridge No.: 705

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Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Friday, September 14, 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to review annual specifications and management measures and make any appropriate recommendations. New annual specifications should begin May 1, 2019 and can be set for up to five years. Public comment will be taken.

The meeting will be held via webinar at the following link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/spinydogmc-2018/. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: (800) 832–0736, Rm: *7833942#. Anyone can also attend at the Council office (800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE  19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331). Please call the Council at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to attend at the Council office.

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Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet September 12, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (550 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202). 

The purpose of the meeting is to begin to take the next steps in utilizing the information from the approved Risk Assessment and identify scientific and management priorities, as outlined in the EAFM guidance document. Specifically, the Committee will consider different ways to evaluate the Risk Assessment to help identify and determine priorities (i.e. high risk interactions) and discuss the next steps and timelines to conduct the various analyses to tie in with various Council initiatives.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Webinar

The Ecosystem and Ocean Planning (EOP) Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. through 12:00 P.M. The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option (webinar connection information is posted below).

The purpose of the meeting is for the EOP Committee to review the NOAA Fisheries draft Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Implementation Plan for the Northeast Region. The draft plans are currently available for public comment until September 30, 2018. Given the scope and potential role the draft plan may have with the Council’s Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) guidance document, the Committee will consider, if appropriate, comments specific to the draft Northeast Regional plan.

Webinar Information

Webinar link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/sept10eopwebinar/ 
To participate, the audio connection is by telephone only. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *5939710#.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
7
1:00 PM13:00

Chub Mackerel FMAT Meeting

The Chub Mackerel Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet via conference call/webinar on September 7, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. to discuss a draft public hearing document for the Chub Mackerel Amendment. More information about this amendment is available on the Chub Mackerel Amendment action page.

For call-in/webinar information please contact Julia Beaty: jbeaty@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5250.

About FMAT Meetings

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.

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Aug
30
9:00 AM09:00

River Herring Technical Expert Working Group - Fisheries Subgroup Meeting

The River Herring Technical Expert Working Group's Fisheries Subgroup will meet via webinar on Thursday, August 30, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., to review updates to Data Gaps and Conservation Ideas Summary and discuss identification of specific threats and needed conservation actions. Webinar details will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/tewg-fishery-2018/    Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: (800) 832–0736, Rm: *7833942#   **The only way to talk is if you call in from a phone**

Visit the Fisheries Subgroup page for general information about the group and documents from previous meetings.

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Aug
27
4:30 PM16:30

Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to review recent fishery performance and develop a Fishery Performance Report and/or other recommendations in preparation for development of annual specifications commencing May 1, 2019.

The meeting will be held via webinar at the following link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfishap2018/. Anyone can also attend at the Council office (800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE  19901; telephone:  (302) 674-2331). Please call the Council at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to attend at the Council office.

The purpose of the meeting is to create a Fishery Performance Report by the Council's Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel.  The intent of the report is to facilitate structured input from the Advisory Panel members into the specifications development process. 

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Aug
21
8:00 AM08:00

American Fisheries Society Stakeholder Engagement Day - Aug. 21, Atlantic City, NJ

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) will be hosting Stakeholder Engagement Day on Tuesday, August 21 as a part of this year's annual AFS meeting in Atlantic City, NJ. Additional details are available in the attached flyer and at the following link: https://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/stakeholder-engagement-day/

AFS is offering a reduced one-day registration cost of $50 (normally $330) for fishing and aquaculture industry stakeholders to attend and participate in the conference on Tuesday, August 21. The sessions of greatest interest to industry were aggregated together on this day and quite a few stakeholders will be speaking during symposia or industry panels. Additionally, there will be a networking event in the evening for industry stakeholders and members of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB).

To apply for the reduced registration, please complete the following application by August 15: https://goo.gl/forms/F6uHHN8VmoouIq6I2

Please direct any questions to Dr. Douglas Zemeckis (Rutgers University): zemeckis@njaes.rutgers.edu, 732-349-1152.

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Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

Bluefish Monitoring Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a Bluefish Monitoring Committee (MC) meeting via webinar for Monday, July 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

The purpose of this meeting is for the MC to review, and if necessary, revise the current management measures designed to achieve the recommended Atlantic Bluefish catch and landings limit for 2018.

Briefing Materials

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Jul
19
8:30 AM08:30

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

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Place Inner Harbor, 511 South Central Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21202.

The purpose of this meeting is to recommend 2019 commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for summer flounder and black sea bass, and review previously implemented 2019 ACLs and ACTs for scup. The Monitoring Committee will also review a recent mesh size study for these three species and may recommend changes to commercial mesh size requirements, in addition to reviewing other commercial measures for this FMP.

Meeting Materials 

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Jul
18
8:30 AM08:30

Joint Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Committee and River Herring and Shad Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee and River Herring and Shad Committee will meet jointly via webinar on Wednesday, July 18, at 8:30 a.m. The Committees will discuss the mackerel rebuilding framework (including RH/S cap) and develop recommendations prior to the August Council Meeting when the Council is scheduled to take final action.

Webinar: https://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-rh-s/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: (800) 832–0736, Rm: *7833942#

Briefing Materials:

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Jul
17
8:30 AM08:30

Joint Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish AP and River Herring and Shad AP Meeting (Webinar)

The Advisory panels will meet to provide input on the Atlantic mackerel rebuilding options and the river herring and shad (RH/S) cap prior to a Joint MSB and RH/S Committee meeting the following day on July 18.

Webinar: https://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-rh-s/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: (800) 832–0736, Rm: *7833942#

Briefing Materials:

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