May
2
12:30 PM12:30

lllex Working Group with Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Advisory Panel and Committee (Webinar)

The Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish (MSB) Committee and MSB Advisory Panel will meet with the Illex working group to help plan the steps needed to advance assessment and management of Illex squid.

Webinar

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May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass AP will meet on Friday, May 3 from 10AM-11:30AM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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May
6
5:30 PM17:30

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Port Meeting: Toms River, NJ

  • Ocean County Administrative Building, Room 119 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this meeting in Toms River, NJ to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Background Documents

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May
7
5:30 PM17:30

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Public Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this webinar meeting to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Webinar Connection

  • To be posted

Background Documents

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May
7
6:00 PM18:00

SAFMC Scoping Webinar: Adding Bullet and Frigate Mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is considering adding bullet mackerel and frigate mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP as ecosystem component species, acknowledging the role the two currently unmanaged species play as important prey for both dolphin and wahoo.      

The South Atlantic Council has scheduled two public scoping meetings to gather public input on this issue:

Learn more about upcoming public hearing and scoping meetings at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

SAFMC Scoping Webinar: Adding Bullet and Frigate Mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is considering adding bullet mackerel and frigate mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP as ecosystem component species, acknowledging the role the two currently unmanaged species play as important prey for both dolphin and wahoo.      

The South Atlantic Council has scheduled two public scoping meetings to gather public input on this issue:

Learn more about upcoming public hearing and scoping meetings at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Catch Share Program Review Oversight Team (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Catch Share Program Review Oversight Team will meet via webinar to discuss the findings of the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Catch Share Program Review Report, review public comment received on the Review Report, and to recommend any next steps to the Council. An agenda and background documents will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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May
20
1:00 PM13:00

Ecosystems and Ocean Planning and River Herring/Shad Joint Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Council’s Ecosystems and Ocean Planning and River Herring/Shad Advisory Panels (APs) will meet jointly via webinar to provide recommendations on the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. This discussion will be followed by a River Herring/Shad AP discussion of recent river herring/shad catch cap performance and related issues.

Webinar Connection

  • To be posted

Background Documents

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May
21
5:30 PM17:30

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Port Meeting: Fort Monroe, VA

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission (New Location) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this meeting in Fort Monroe, VA to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Background Documents

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Jul
16
to Jul 17
SSC

Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting – July 2019

  • Hyatt Place Inner Harbor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet on July 16-17, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Place Inner Harbor, 511 South Central Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: 410-558-1840. Please note that the start and end times listed above are subject to change. A detailed meeting agenda and meeting materials will be posted prior to the meeting. Please check back on this page for updates.

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Aug
13
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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Sep
10
to Sep 11
SSC

Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting – September 2019

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

The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet on September 10-11, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: 410-234-0550. Please note that the start and end times listed above are subject to change. A detailed meeting agenda and meeting materials will be posted prior to the meeting. Please check back on this page for updates.

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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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Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

Bluefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Bluefish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Port Meeting: Narragansett, RI

  • URI Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this meeting in Narragansett, RI to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Background Document

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Apr
23
9:30 AM09:30

Tilefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
19
9:30 AM09:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Friday, April 19, 2019 from 9:30AM-12:30PM. The purpose of the meeting is to create the 2019 fishery performance report to provide structured input from the SCOQ AP members to the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Council, for consideration at their May and June 2019 Meetings, respectively. The report is specifically used to contextualize catch histories for the SSC by providing information about fishing effort, market trends, environmental changes, and other factors. In addition, the Advisory Panel will be asked to provide feedback on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan, after reviewing the results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
12
9:00 AM09:00

Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Friday, April 12. The purposes of the meeting include: 1. To create a Fishery Performance Report, which facilitates structured input from AP members on the MSB specifications process for the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and 2. Gather Advisory Panel feedback on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan, after reviewing the results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey. An agenda and background documents will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

Input will be taken first on the strategic plan and then on the MSB fisheries.

Strategic Planning 1-pager

Strategic Planning Presentation and Presentation Recording

MSB Research Priorities

Butterfish Fishery Information Document

Illex Fishery Information Document

Longfin Fishery Information Document

Mackerel Fishery Information Document

Webinar Connection

The webinar can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-ap-2019/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

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Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a joint webinar meeting of their Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panels. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential changes to commercial management measures, including the state-by-state commercial quota allocations managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, federal in-season closure regulations, and other measures. The Council recently initiated an amendment to consider these and other issues; however, they agreed to postpone development of management alternatives until later in the year after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Black Sea Bass Commercial Working Group has made further progress on options for revisions to the state-by-state commercial quota allocations.

Webinar Connection

To join the call, please dial: 1-888-585-9008, followed by the room number: 705-426-714

Please register for the webinar using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6284668124316717836   

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Meeting Materials

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Mar
29
10:00 AM10:00

Northeast Regional Marine Fish Habitat Assessment Steering Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is holding a meeting of the Northeast Regional Marine Fish Habitat Assessment Steering Committee to review a habitat science workplan. This will be an in person meeting with a listen-only webinar option.

Webinar Connection

The listen-only webinar for this meeting can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/habmarch2019/.

Meeting Materials

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Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

Joint Commercial Advisory Panel Webinar for Commercial eVTR Omnibus Framework Action

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a public webinar meeting of its Advisory Panels (APs) for management plans requiring commercial permits (Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass; Bluefish; Spiny Dogfish; Surfclam and Ocean Quahog; and Tilefish). The purpose of this meeting is for the APs to provide input on the upcoming Commercial Electronic Vessel Trip Report (eVTR) Omnibus Framework and associated topics. The Council will consider feedback provided by the AP at its April 2019 meeting, which will be the first framework meeting for this action.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Mar
22
9:00 AM09:00

Tilefish Monitoring Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Tilefish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Friday, March 22, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The purpose of the meeting is for the Monitoring Committee to review the recommended annual catch limits, trip limits, discards and other management measures for the blueline and golden tilefish fisheries.

Webinar Information

Meeting Materials

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Mar
14
1:30 PM13:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Committee will meet via webinar on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to review the Public Hearing Document for the SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment to ensure the document is complete for Council review and approval (at the April meeting). More details on the action can be found at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Webinar

Meeting Materials

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Mar
14
9:30 AM09:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Advisory Panel meeting will meet via webinar on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The purpose of is to provide feedback on the Public Hearing Document for the SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment. More details on the action can be found at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Webinar

Meeting Materials

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Scoping Hearing (Webinar) - Illex Permitting and Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish FMP Goals and Objectives Amendment

This hearing will be held via webinar at the link below. For assistance with the webinar, please call 302-397-1131.

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-scoping-2019/

Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold an additional webinar scoping hearing to solicit public input on an amendment to review and consider modifications to both the permitting system for Illex squid and the goals and objectives of the entire Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

There is also a separate written comment period for this action, see https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/19/2019-02697/fisheries-of-the-northeastern-united-states-atlantic-mackerel-squid-and-butterfish-fisheries-scoping. The Council will also accept comments during its April 2019 Council meeting, and that meeting will be noticed separately.

In June 2017, the Council considered, but did not adopt, revisions to Illex squid permits as part of Amendment 20 to the FMP. Since then, effort and landings have increased and the fishery closed early in both 2017 and 2018 after fully harvesting the available Illex squid quota. Given recent fishery performance, the Council is evaluating if permitted access to the Illex fishery should be modified based on recent and historical participation, and/or other considerations. In addition, existing FMP goals and objectives have not been revised since they were originally established. The Council is seeking input whether these goals and objectives are still appropriate for managing the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fisheries or if they should be modified.

The scoping period is an important opportunity for members of the public to raise concerns related to the scope of issues that will be considered in the amendment and the general focus of the action. Public comments during scoping will help the Council address issues of public concern in a thorough and appropriate manner.

Additional information and updates on this action will be posted on the Council’s website at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/illex-permitting-msb-goals-amendment and in the scoping guide.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to Jason Didden (jdidden@mafmc.org, 302- 526-5254).

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Mar
1
9:00 AM09:00

Joint Meeting of the MAFMC and ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panels (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting, jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panels to review and comment on recent stock assessment information for summer flounder, 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 revised 2019 fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for summer flounder as well as expected new specifications for 2020-2021. The AP will also be asked for recommendations on recreational management measures for summer flounder in 2019. The Council and ASMFC will consider input from the AP when adopting 2019-2021 catch and landings limits and 2019 recreational measures for summer flounder.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

Supplemental Materials

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Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

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

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option.

The purpose of this meeting is to review updated summer flounder stock assessment information and recommend revised 2019 and new 2020-2021 commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), Annual Catch Targets (ACTs), commercial quotas, and recreational harvest limits for summer flounder. The Committee will also recommend recreational management measures for summer flounder in 2019, including either the use of conservation equivalency or coastwide recreational management measures to achieve but not exceed the revised 2019 recreational harvest limit.

Meeting Materials

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Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Committee will on Monday February 25, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar, which can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/feb2019msbcom/. Participants may also connect via telephone by calling 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Committee to review public comments, staff recommendations, and Advisory Panel recommendations and to develop their own recommendations for preferred alternatives for the Chub Mackerel Amendment. This amendment considers adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The amendment includes alternatives regarding catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks “in the fishery.”

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel will meet on Friday February 22, 2019 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/feb2019msbap/. Participants may also connect via telephone by calling 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panel to review public comments and staff recommendations and provide recommendations for preferred alternatives for the Chub Mackerel Amendment. The Council will consider the Advisory Panel recommendations when they take final action on this amendment. This amendment considers adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The amendment includes alternatives regarding catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks “in the fishery.”

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Feb
20
9:00 AM09:00

Tilefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel will meet via webinar on Wednesday, February 20, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to create fishery performance reports for blueline and golden tilefish by the Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel. The intent of these reports is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel members for the Tilefish specifications processes, including recommendations to the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

Webinar Information

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Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Scoping Hearing #4 (Webinar) - Illex Permitting and Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish FMP Goals and Objectives Amendment

This hearing will be held via webinar at the link below. A listening station will be available at the new Virginia Marine Resources Commission (380 Fenwick Road, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651, 757-247-2200). For assistance with the webinar, please call 302-397-1131.

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-scoping-2019/

Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in February 2019 to solicit public input on an amendment to review and consider modifications to both the permitting system for Illex squid and the goals and objectives of the entire Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). There will also be a separate written comment period for this action which will be announced at a later date.

In June 2017, the Council considered, but did not adopt, revisions to Illex squid permits as part of Amendment 20 to the FMP. Since then, effort and landings have increased and the fishery closed early in both 2017 and 2018 after fully harvesting the available Illex squid quota. Given recent fishery performance, the Council is evaluating if permitted access to the Illex fishery should be modified based on recent and historical participation, and/or other considerations. In addition, existing FMP goals and objectives have not been revised since they were originally established. The Council is seeking input whether these goals and objectives are still appropriate for managing the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fisheries or if they should be modified.

The scoping period is an important opportunity for members of the public to raise concerns related to the scope of issues that will be considered in the amendment and the general focus of the action. Public comments during scoping will help the Council address issues of public concern in a thorough and appropriate manner.

Hearing Schedule

  1. Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:00 pm, Corless Auditorium, University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882, 401-874-6440

  2. Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 5:30 pm, Gurney's Inn, 290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954, 631-668-2345

  3. Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 5:30 pm, Congress Hall Hotel, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-8421

  4. Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00 pm, Internet webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-scoping-2019/. A listening station will be available at the new Virginia Marine Resources Commission (380 Fenwick Road, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651, 757-247-2200). For assistance with the webinar, please call 302-397-1131.

Additional information and updates on this action will be posted on the Council’s website at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/illex-permitting-msb-goals-amendment and in the scoping guide.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to Jason Didden (jdidden@mafmc.org, 302- 526-5254).

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