Nov
6
9:00am 9:00am

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Committee will meet via webinar on Monday, November 6 at 9:00 a.m. to to review and develop comments regarding options being considered to modify the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, which could impact the MSB fisheries.

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-com-nov-2017/. Call-in information is provided upon logging onto the webinar.

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Nov
8
to Nov 9

Demersal Committee Meeting

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

The Council's Demersal Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, 550 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202, (410) 234-0550.

The Demersal Committee will meet to refine options for management of the commercial summer flounder fishery, as well as FMP goals and objectives, for the ongoing Summer Flounder Amendment. Additional information and meeting materials will be posted here prior to the meeting. 

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Nov
9
10:00am10:00am

Webinar on Chub Mackerel in the Diets of Highly Migratory Species

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public webinar on Thursday November 9, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The goal of this webinar is to understand the importance of Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the diets of highly migratory species (HMS) predators in U.S. waters, with a focus on recreationally-important predators such as large tunas and billfish. The objectives of the meeting are to:

  1. Convene a panel of scientific experts on HMS diets,
  2. Clarify what is known about the importance of chub mackerel to HMS diets based on currently available data, and
  3. Develop recommendations for future studies to quantify the role of chub mackerel in HMS diets.

Meeting these objectives will help the Council analyze the potential impacts of chub mackerel management alternatives on HMS predators as well as on recreational fisheries for those predators. The Council is developing a chub mackerel amendment to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. More information on the amendment is available at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/chub-mackerel-amendment.

To facilitate productive discussions among the invited experts, public participation during this webinar will be limited to designated question and answer and comment periods. Members of the public are invited to email questions for the invited experts to Council staff (jbeaty@mafmc.org) in advance of the meeting.

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.

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Nov
13
to Nov 14

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

  • Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will hold a public meeting on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport, 1516 Aero Drive, Linthicum, MD 21090; telephone: (410) 691-0500.

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations for recreational management measures for the 2018 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. The Committee may also discuss ongoing options for improvements to the recreational management measures process and ongoing analyses related to recreational fishery issues for these three species. 

A detailed agenda and background documents will be made available on this page prior to the meeting.

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Nov
13
to Nov 14

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

  • Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport, 1516 Aero Drive, Linthicum, MD 21090; telephone: (410) 691-0500.

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations for recreational management measures for the 2018 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. The Committee may also discuss ongoing options for improvements to the recreational management measures process and ongoing analyses related to recreational fishery issues for these three species. 

Briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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Feb
13
to Feb 15

February 2018 Council Meeting – Raleigh, NC

  • Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh/Crabtree Valley (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council will meet February 13-15, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh/Crabtree Valley, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612, (919) 703-2525. Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

 

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Oct
20
9:00am 9:00am

SBRM FMAT/PDT

The Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) FMAT/PDT will meet Friday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Contact Jason Didden for more information - (302) 526-5254, jdidden@mafmc.org.

About FMAT Meetings

Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) meetings are working meetings of the Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. Information on FMAT meeting locations and how to connect via phone or webinar (if available) may be obtained by contacting Council staff prior to the meetingThis information is not posted to the Council’s website. The date and time of FMAT meetings are generally posted to the calendar on the Council’s website, sometimes with very little notice. 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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Oct
6
10:00am10:00am

Webinar: Ecosystem and Ocean Planning (EOP) Committee with Advisory Panel (AP)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Ecosystem and Ocean Planning (EOP) Committee with Advisory Panel (AP) will hold a public meeting on Friday, October 6, 2017.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude no later than 3:00 p.m.   The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the final list of risk elements to be evaluated by the Council as part of its Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. At this meeting, the EOP Committee and Advisors will provide final rankings of the risk elements that will be communicated to the full Council at its October meeting in Riverhead, NY. Once adopted, the prioritized risk matrix will be used by the Council to inform its future work and scientific research plans.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
20
10:00am10:00am

Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment FMAT Meeting

The Council's Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet in Providence, Rhode Island on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The FMAT will review comments on goals and objectives and develop a draft of goals and objectives for the Council to review at the October Council Meeting.

Additional information about this action is available on the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Amendment page.

Contact José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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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Sep
20
9:00am 9:00am

Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to review 2018 specifications and management measures and make any appropriate recommendations.

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/spinydogmc-2017/. Call-in information is provided upon logging onto the webinar.

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Sep
12
9:00am 9:00am

Joint Meeting of the Ecosystem and Ocean Planning (EOP) Committee with EOP Advisors

A meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Ecosystem and Ocean Planning (EOP) Committee with EOP Advisors will be held on September 12, 2017 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21202 (410-659-3096).  The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 5:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the meeting is to identify the final list of risk elements to be evaluated by the Council as part of its Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. In addition, the EOP Committee and Advisors will provide initial rankings of the risk elements that will be communicated to the full Council at its October meeting in Riverhead, NY.

Meeting Materials

Presentations

Webinar Recordings

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Sep
6
1:00pm 1:00pm

SBRM FMAT/PDT Meeting

The Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) FMAT/PDT will meet September 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact Jason Didden for more information - (302) 526-5254, jdidden@mafmc.org.

About FMAT Meetings

Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) meetings are working meetings of the Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. Information on FMAT meeting locations and how to connect via phone or webinar (if available) may be obtained by contacting Council staff prior to the meetingThis information is not posted to the Council’s website. The date and time of FMAT meetings are generally posted to the calendar on the Council’s website, sometimes with very little notice. 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
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel will meet via webinar Thursday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to review recent fishery performance and develop a Fishery Performance Report and/or other recommendations in preparation for the Council's review of specifications at the October 2017 Council meeting.

Additional information will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

Webinar Linkhttp://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfishap2017/
Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

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Aug
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

SAFMC: Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 31 Scoping Webinar

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a scoping webinar on the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 31 on August 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The presentation, Q&A, and public comment session will be repeated again at 7:00 PM or later, depending on the end time of the first webinar.

The amendment proposes alternatives for cobia management, including continuing joint management measures with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) or the complete transfer of Atlantic cobia management jurisdiction to the (ASMFC). The Council will hold a scoping webinar on the amendment in August.

Additional details will be posted on the SAFMC website at http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearing-and-scoping-meeting-schedule/

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Aug
7
9:00am 9:00am

SBRM FMAT/Plan Development Team Conference Call

The SBRM FMAT/Plan Development Team will hold a conference call on Monday, August 7, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. 

Agenda:

  • Discussion and planning of the three year review of the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology in order to assess its effectiveness.
  • Other business may be discussed, if necessary.

Contact Jason Didden for more information - (302) 526-5254, jdidden@mafmc.org.

About FMAT Meetings

Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) meetings are working meetings of Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. Information on FMAT meeting locations and how to connect via phone or webinar (if available) may be obtained by contacting Council staff prior to the meetingThis information is not posted to the Council’s website. The date and time of FMAT meetings are generally posted to the calendar on the Council’s website, sometimes with very little notice. 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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Jul
28
10:00am10:00am

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

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 (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel. The meeting will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. Details on webinar registration and telephone-only connection are posted below. 

The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panels to review and comment on recent stock assessment information, 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 previously implemented fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for 2018 for all three species and possible scup specifications for 2019. The Council and ASMFC will consider input from the AP in August when reviewing these specifications.

Webinar Connection 

http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/fsb_ap_2017/
Audio only connection: (800) 832-0736; conference room number 4472108

Meeting Materials

Supplemental 

All SSC Meeting Materials, including Fishery Information Documents and Fishery Performance Reports

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Jul
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee (MC) will meet on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. Details on webinar registration and telephone-only connection details are posted below.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and discuss previously implemented 2018 commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for these three species and the Monitoring Committee may also recommend potential 2019 ACLs and ACTs for scup. The Monitoring Committee may consider recommending changes to the implemented 2018 ACLs and ACTs and other management measures as necessary.

Meeting Materials 

Agenda and Webinar Information

SSC Report  (All Species)

Summer Flounder

Scup

Black Sea Bass

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Jul
24
10:00am10:00am

Bluefish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a Bluefish Monitoring Committee (MC) meeting via webinar for Monday, July 24, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Background information and webinar instructions will be posted on this page about a week before the meeting.

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.

Webinar Connection

http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/bf2017mcmeeting/

Audio only connection: 800-832-0736, room number 5068609

Agenda

Monday, July 24, 2017

  • 10:00 a.m. Convene
    • Review bluefish data update
    • Review SSC recommendations (July 19, 2017 meeting)
    • Revise current management measures designed to achieve the multi-year recommended bluefish catch and landings limits
  • 12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

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Jul
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Scoping Hearing #4: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Berlin, MD)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Jul
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Scoping Hearing #3: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Cape May, NJ)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Jul
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Scoping Hearing #2: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (WEBINAR)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

 

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Jul
11
to Jul 12

Meeting of the MAFMC Demersal Committee, with Subcommittee of ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board

  • Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council's Demersal Committee will meet jointly with a subset of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board (Board) on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel, 1739 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum, MD 21090; telephone: (410) 694-0808.

The Demersal Committee and members of the Board will meet to review and discuss draft options for management of the commercial summer flounder fishery under the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment, including options for addressing permit capacity and latent effort, commercial allocation, and landings flexibility. The goal of the meeting is to refine the draft range of alternatives and provide additional guidance to staff on adding specificity to the alternatives and analyzing their impacts, prior to additional consideration by the Council and Board at their August 2017 joint meeting.

Meeting Motions

Meeting Materials

Supplemental 

 

 

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Jul
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Scoping Hearing #1: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Warwick, RI)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Jun
28
10:00am10:00am

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

  • Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore –BWI Airport (map)
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The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel (AP) will meet jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass AP on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore –BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090; telephone: (410)-859-8400.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss recent performance of the commercial and recreational fisheries for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass, and develop annual Fishery Performance Reports for these fisheries. The Council and the ASMFC will consider the Fishery Performance Reports later in 2017 when reviewing previously implemented 2018 fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for all three species, and possibly recommending 2019 specifications for scup. The AP will also discuss commercial summer flounder management alternatives under development for the Council and ASMFC’s ongoing Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment.

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Supplemental Materials

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Jun
27
9:00am 9:00am

Joint MAFMC and ASMFC Bluefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council and ASMFC will hold a joint bluefish advisory panel meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/blue2017ap/

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss recent performance of the commercial and recreational fisheries for Atlantic bluefish. The MAFMC and ASMFC staff will work with advisors to develop the 2017 Fishery Performance Report (FPR). Bluefish performance reports for prior years can be found on this page. The intent of this report is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the AP members for the Atlantic Bluefish specifications process. The FPR will be used by the Council, its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Atlantic Bluefish Monitoring Committee (MC), when reviewing (at future meetings), and if necessary revising, the current measures designed to achieve the recommended Atlantic Bluefish catch and landings limits for 2018. The MAFMC and the ASMFC will consider the Fishery Performance Report in August when reviewing fishery specifications (i.e. catch and landings limits and management measures) for 2018.

Agenda

  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:15 am – 10:35 am Review Advisory Panel Information Document
  • 10:35 am – 12:00 pm Develop Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Performance Report
  • 12:00 pm Adjourn 

Times are approximate and may change based on pace of discussion.

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Jun
27
to Jun 29

NMFS Workshop: Peer Review of a Calibration Model proposed by the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)

  • Sheraton Hotel (Silver Spring, MD) (map)
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NMFS is convening a peer review of a Calibration Model proposed by the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) to support its planned transition from a legacy telephone survey to a new mail survey for collecting data needed to estimate marine recreational fishing effort by shore and private/rental boat anglers on the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. The peer review includes reviewers appointed by the Center for Independent Experts (CIE), as well as reviewers selected by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils.

Date and Location: The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. on June 27, 2017 until 12 p.m. on June 29, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910; Phone: 301/589-0800.

Webinar: For listen-only webinar access, go to http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/fes-c-mrip/ and select "Enter as Guest."

Contact: For further information, contact Dr. David Van Voorhees, Chief of Fisheries Statistics Division of NMFS Office of Science and Technology; (301) 427-8189, email: Dave.Van.Voorhees@noaa.gov.

Background

The Marine Recreational Information Program formed a Transition Team in 2015 to plan transitions from legacy survey designs to new, or improved, survey designs for monitoring marine recreational fishing effort and catch. The Transition Team consists of representatives from NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, the interstate fisheries commissions, and several state marine fisheries agencies. The team prepared a transition plan for implementing a new mail survey called the “Fishing Effort Survey” to replace the legacy telephone survey called the “Coastal Household Telephone Survey”. The plan requires development of a calibration model to account for consistent differences between the surveys in their statistical estimates of fishing effort.

The Peer Review Workshop will provide an assessment of the model developed by MRIP for this purpose. The product of the Workshop will be a Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed calibration model. The panel of reviewers will consist of three persons selected by the Center of Independent Experts, and four persons selected by the regional fishery management councils and ASMFC. The Panel will be chaired by an individual also selected by the councils and ASMFC. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at http://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov.

For more information, visit the MRIP Calibration Review Workshop Website.

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Jun
19
9:00am 9:00am

Chub Mackerel Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) Meeting

The chub mackerel FMAT will meet Monday June 19, 2017 to review scoping comments and discuss alternatives for management measures.

For more information 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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