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.

Dec
13
Dec 15

December 2016 Council Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

The Council will hold its December 2016 meeting December 13 – 15, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (550 Light St., Baltimore, MD  21202, telephone: 410-234-0550). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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.

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.

Feb
14
Feb 16

February 2017 Council Meeting

  • Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

The Council will hold its February 2017 meeting February 14-16, 2017 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC, telephone: (252) 261-1290). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.
 

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
9:00 am09:00

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.


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.

 

Sep
13
9:00 am09:00

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Advisory Panel Meeting

  • Radisson Hotel Providence Airport

The Council's Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Advisory Panel will meet on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to review analyses and develop recommendations for the Squid Capacity Amendment. The meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, 2081 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886. 

The Advisory Panel will provide input on an Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.  The amendment could reduce the capacities of the longfin squid and Illex squid fleets. The Council is considering this action because of concern that activation of latent capacity in the squid fisheries could lead to excessive fishing effort and increased catch of non-target species. Several other issues are being considered as well: (1) new permits for Maine/northern states; (2) re-evaluation of longfin squid trimesters; and (3) longfin squid buffer zones (e.g. 10 miles) beyond state waters in the area south of Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket. 

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

Agenda

9-9:05am:     Welcome and introductions
9:05-10:45am: Squid capacity discussion
10:45am-11am: Public comment on squid capacity
11am – noon.  Possibly additional capacity discussions, possibly moving on to trimester issues
Noon-1pm      Lunch
1-3:30 pm:    Trimester, Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket, and Maine Issues
3:30-3:45:    Public comment on Trimester, Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket, and Maine Issues
3:45-5pm:     Additional Advisory Panel discussion on any issues that need further consideration.

We recently received a request for a remote phone connection by a member of the public and one will be available for listening only: (800) 832-0736, Room: *7833942#  No comments will be taken over the phone – it is listen only.

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
6
2:30 pm14:30

Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting

The Council's Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 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 the Council's review of specifications at the October 2016 Council meeting.

The meeting will be held via webinar, but anyone can also attend at the Council office address (see below). The webinar link is: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfishap2016/. Please call the Council at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to attend at the Council office.

Council address:  Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone:  (302) 674-2331.

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 process.  Spiny dogfish specifications were recently announced for the 2016-2018 fishing years, but the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) review the performance of multi-year specifications each year.

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.

Aug
30
3:00 pm15:00

Saltonstall-Kennedy Informational Webinar

NOAA Fisheries is holding an informational webinar on how to find and apply for Fiscal Year 17 Saltonstall-Kennedy funding on August 30th at 3:00pm EST.

All potential applicants are encouraged to attend this webinar to learn more about the S-K program, its objectives, this year's priorities, the application process, and the timeline for this year's solicitation.

Join by audio: 
Dial-in: 888-790-2009
Participant Code: SK2017

Event address for attendees:
https://noaaevents3.webex.com/noaaevents3/onstage/g.php?MTID=e060de01f22f87874427b40050ccbd73c

Event number: 994 713 673
Event password: NOAA

Aug
15
1:00 pm13:00

River Herring and Shad Committee Meeting

The Council's River Herring and Shad (RH/S) Committee will meet on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar (http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/rh-s-com-aug15-2016/) with a telephone audio connection (provided when connecting).

In October 2016 the Council will consider whether to develop an Amendment that could add several species of river herrings and shads as Council-managed species.  This RH/S Committee meeting will review a white paper and draft decision document related to the need for Council management of blueback herring, alewife, American shad, and hickory shad.  Public comments will also be taken. 

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.

Questions? Contact Jason Didden - (302) 526-5254/jdidden@mafmc.org

Aug
2
8:30 am08:30

Monkfish Plan Development Team Conference Call

The Monkfish PDT will hold a conference call to review the 2016 Operational Assessment report and develop recommendations to the SSC, including calculation of the Overfishing Limit (OFL) and Allowable Biological Catch (ABC) under existing reference point control rules. Also develop recommendations to the Monkfish Committee, as appropriate, regarding Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) and management measure options. The PDT will also discuss the Action Plan for the specifications package. 

Call In information:

Dial +1 (408) 650-3123 (Please note that this is not a toll-free number.) 
Access Code: 339-758-277  
**Please be sure to mute your phone upon joining the call so that there will be no interference with the team’s discussion.**

Online access:

This meeting will be broadcast online via GoToMeeting. Members of the public who call in will have listenonly access. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST. Click the following link to join https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/339758277. Use VoIP with a microphone and speakers for audio – a headset is recommended.

Click here for more information.

Jul
29
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 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 29, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option.

Webinar Connectionhttp://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/ap-july2016/. Audio only connection: (800) 832-0736; conference room number 4472108. 

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 2017-2018. The Council and ASMFC will consider input from the AP in August when reviewing these specifications.

Meeting Materials

Agenda

SSC and Monitoring Committeee Reports

Summer Flounder

Scup

Black Sea Bass

 

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.

Jul
29
9:00 am09:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel will meet on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar (http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/eop072916/) with a telephone audio connection (provided when connecting). Public access to the webinar will be provided at the Council offices (800 State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE).  

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and provide comments on the Council’s Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Guidance Document which will be presented to the Council for approval at its August 2016 meeting in Virginia Beach, VA.

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.

 

Jul
25
1:00 pm13:00

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 25, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

The purpose of this meeting is to review and discuss previously implemented 2017 commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for these three species. The Monitoring Committee may consider recommending changes to the implemented 2017 ACLs and ACTs and other management measures as necessary.

The webinar connection is available at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/mc-2016/
Audio only connection: (800) 832-0736; conference room number 4472108. 

Meeting Materials

Agenda

SSC Report

Summer Flounder

Scup

Black Sea Bass

 

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

Jul
25
10:00 am10:00

Bluefish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Atlantic Bluefish Monitoring Committee (MC) will meet via webinar on July 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. until noon. The purpose of this meeting is for the Monitoring Committee to review, and if necessary, revise the current management measures designed to achieve the recommended Atlantic Bluefish catch and landings limits for 2017. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option.

Webinar link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/bluefish-specs-2016/ 

Meeting Material

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.

Jul
21
Jul 22

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council's) Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet on Thursday and Friday, July 21-22, 2016, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on July 21 and concluding by 2:00 p.m. on July 22. The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Telephone: 410-234-0550. 

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and approve the Council’s Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Guidance Document, which will be presented to the Council at its August 2016 meeting.

A webinar connection is available on a listen-only basis. To connect, visit: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/eop-july2016/. Audio only: 800-832-0736, room number 447210. 

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.

Jul
20
1:00 pm13:00

Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment PDT/FMAT Meeting

The Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment PDT/FMAT will meet Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Conference Call Information:

  • United States : +1 (872) 240-3212
  • Access Code: 724-458-773 

Discussion topics:

  • Slippage consequence measures
    • Disconnect between herring and mackerel alternatives
  • New alternatives
    • What do they mean/what is the intent?
    • EM on purse seine and SMBT
    • New/additional analysis
  • Changes to ASM sampling design
  • Coverage target calculations
  • Revised Amendment timeline

Meeting Announcement

 

Jul
20
Jul 21
SSC

July 2016 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

Questions? Contact Rich Seagraves - rseagraves@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5259.

Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

For-Hire Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a webinar-based meeting with its for-hire advisory panel members and the public on Monday, July 18, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to gather input regarding an upcoming Council Omnibus Framework action that could require electronic reporting of for-hire Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) starting January 1, 2017 for all Council-managed fisheries that require for-hire VTR reporting.

Webinar: The meeting will be held via webinar (http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr/) with a telephone audio connection. As a reminder, the only way to participate/talk is to call into the webinar on the phone.  Phone connection information pops up when you join the webinar.  If folks happen to be away from their computer at the meeting time, you can also call in directly:  800-832-0736, RM: *7833942#.  

Background: The Council is considering electronic reporting of for-hire Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) starting January 1, 2017.  This action would change the method of transmitting VTRs - the required data elements would not change.  VTRs would be required to be completed before arriving at the dock, and electronic reports would have to be submitted within 24 hours after docking.  This meeting will gather input from the Council’s for-hire advisory panel members and the public in preparation for Council action at the August 2016 meeting in Virginia Beach, VA (http://www.mafmc.org/meetings/). 

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.

Jul
7
9:00 am09:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Meeting

  • BWI Airport Marriott

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet on Thursday July 7, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090. A webinar connection will also be available at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/eop_comm_july2016/. See meeting agenda for additional webinar details. 

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Council’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. This amendment will prohibit the development of new and expansion of existing directed commercial fisheries on unmanaged forage species in Mid-Atlantic Federal waters until the Council has had an adequate opportunity to both assess the scientific information relating to any new or expanded directed fisheries and consider potential impacts to existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the marine ecosystem. At this meeting, the EOP Committee will consider comments received during public hearings on the amendment, as well as recommendations from the EOP Advisory Panel. The EOP Committee will develop recommendations to the full Council for final action on the amendment. The Council plans to take final action on this amendment at their meeting in Virginia Beach on August 8-11, 2016. 

Meeting Materials

Additional Comments

Contact

Julia Beaty, Fishery Management Specialist - 302-526-5250, jbeaty@mafmc.org

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.

Jul
6
9:00 am09:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel Meeting

  • BWI Airport Marriott

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Wednesday July 6, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090. A webinar connection will also be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/eop_ap_july2016/. See meeting agenda for additional webinar details.

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations for final action on the Council’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. This amendment will prohibit the development of new and expansion of existing directed commercial fisheries on unmanaged forage species in Mid-Atlantic Federal waters until the Council has had an adequate opportunity to both assess the scientific information relating to any new or expanded directed fisheries and consider potential impacts to existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the marine ecosystem. At this meeting, the AP will consider comments received during public hearings and will develop recommendations to the Council’s Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee and to the full Council for final action on the amendment. An EOP Committee meeting on the same topic will be held on July 7, 2016. The Council plans to take final action on the amendment at their meeting in Virginia Beach on August 8-11, 2016. 

Meeting Materials

Additional Comments

Contact

Julia Beaty, Fishery Management Specialist - 302-526-5250, jbeaty@mafmc.org

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.

Jun
27
9:00 am09:00

Bluefish Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Atlantic Bluefish Advisory Panel will meet on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 9 a.m. until noon.  The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option.

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/bluefish-specs-2016/

The purpose of the meeting is to create a fishery performance report (FPR) by the Council’s Atlantic Bluefish Advisory Panel (AP). 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 2017.

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.

 

 

 

Jun
22
10:00 am10:00

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

  • Hilton Baltimore –BWI Airport

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 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 2016 when reviewing previously implemented multi-year fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for 2017. The AP will also discuss summer flounder management alternatives under development for the Council and ASMFC’s ongoing Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment.

Meeting Materials

Supplemental 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.

Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

Blueline Tilefish Listening Session

The Council will hold a listening session on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. regarding the 2017 recreational specifications for blueline tilefish off the Mid-Atlantic (from Virginia north). The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only audio connection option: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/bltls/.   

In April 2016, the Council recommended 2017 recreational measures for blueline tilefish off the Mid-Atlantic with an open season from May 1 to October 31 and bag limits of 7 fish per person for inspected for-hire vessels, 5 fish per person for uninspected for-hire vessels, and 3 fish per person for private vessels.  Based on concerns of constituents regarding this recommendation, the Council has scheduled time at its June 13-16, 2016 meeting to potentially reconsider these measures.  To provide additional opportunity for the public to comment on this issue, the Council will hold a webinar-based listening session.  During the listening session Council staff will summarize the rationale for the original recommendation, answer questions, and take comments on possible alternatives, which will be provided to the Council. 

Telephone connection information is provided when individuals enter the webinar, or individuals can call 800-832-0736 and enter *7833942# to access the audio portion of the webinar.  Anyone not familiar with connecting to Council webinars and wishing to get connection assistance should contact Jason Didden at jdidden@mafmc.org or 302-526-5254 at least a day before the webinar.

Special Accommodations

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.

Jun
8
6:30 pm18:30

Unmanaged Forage Amendment - Public Hearing #7

This hearing will be conducted by webinar. There will be an audio only option which will require a phone connection. 

May
31
1:30 pm13:30

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Council's Mackerel-Squid-Butterfish (MSB) Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 1:30 p.m to develop recommendations for future MSB specifications.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb2016moncom/.

There will be time for public questions and comments.  The Council utilizes the Monitoring Committee recommendations at each June Council meeting when setting the subsequent years' MSB specifications. 

Special Accommodations

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.

May
25
May 26
SSC

May 2016 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

Questions? Contact Rich Seagraves - rseagraves@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5259.