Jun
2
9:00 am09:00

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish (MSB) Advisory Panel Meeting

The Council's Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish (MSB) Advisory Panel will meet via webinar Friday, June 2, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending by 1 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-ap-2017/. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations regarding the Council’s Squid Amendment.  This Amendment could reduce the number of directed longfin squid/butterfish and Illex squid moratorium (limited access) permits.  This Amendment also considers modifications to the seasonal/Trimester allocations and related management measures.  The Council’s plans to take final action on the Amendment at its June 2017 Council meeting (http://www.mafmc.org/council-events/2017/june-2017-council-meeting). 

Jun
12
9:00 am09:00

Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) Meeting

  • Downtown Providence Courtyard by Marriott

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) will meet June 12, 2017 at the Downtown Providence Courtyard by Marriott, 32 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903, 401-272-1191. The agenda for this meeting is still under development, and the start/end times may be adjusted. A final agenda will be posted on this page when it is available.

Jun
27
9:00 am09:00

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. Background materials and webinar instructions will be posted at the Council’s website about one week prior to the meeting. 

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.

Jun
28
10:00 am10:00

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

  • Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore –BWI Airport

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.

Jul
19
9:00 am09:00
SSC

July 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

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

Jul
24
10:00 am10:00

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.

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
Jul
24
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 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 will be posted on this page at a later date.

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 will be posted to this page prior to the meeting.

Jul
28
10:00 am10:00

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 details will be posted on this page at a later date.

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.

Aug
7
Aug 10

August 2017 Council Meeting

  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

The Council will hold its August 2017 meeting August 7 - 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.

Please note: this meeting may start on Monday, August 7 or Tuesday, August 8. The final start day/time will be posted once the agenda is finalized.
 

Sep
13
Sep 14
SSC

September 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

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

Oct
10
Oct 12

October 2017 Council Meeting

  • Hyatt Long Island East End

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

Dec
11
Dec 14

December 2017 Council Meeting

  • Westin Annapolis

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


May
24
6:30 pm18:30

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #5

  • University of Rhode Island Bay Campus Corless Auditorium
May
23
8:00 am08:00

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Council's Mackerel-Squid-Butterfish (MSB) Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. and end by 3 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/moncom2017/. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations for future MSB specifications. 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. 

May
19
9:00 am09:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place via webinar and can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/eop_comm_may2017/. To access via telephone, dial 1-800-832-0736 and use room number 5068871.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed rule for the MAFMC’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment, which published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2017. The propose rule states that NMFS is considering disapproval of inclusion of bullet mackerel (Auxis rochei) and frigate mackerel (Auxis thazard) in the amendment. The Committee will consider if a Council response to this potential disapproval is warranted and, if so, will develop recommendations for a Council response to NMFS.

Documents

May
17
May 18
SSC

May 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Lord Baltimore Hotel
May
16
6:30 pm18:30

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #3

  • Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center
May
15
6:00 pm18:00

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #2

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 4th Fl Mtg Rm
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #1

  • Kingsborough Community College, room v-219

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold six public hearings in May 2017 to solicit public input on the Chub Mackerel Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through May 31, 2017.

The amendment considers measures to manage Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) as a stock in the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP with catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Council is developing this action in response to the recent development of a directed chub mackerel commercial fishery in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England.

Hearing Schedule

  1. Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm. Kingsborough Community College, room V-219. 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, 11235. Telephone: 718-368-5000.
  2. Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm. Virginia Marine Resources Commission 4th Floor Meeting Room. 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA, 23607. Telephone: 757-247-2200.
  3. Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm. Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center. 9100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 21842. Telephone: 410-524-7777.
  4. Tuesday May 23, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm. Congress Hall Hotel. 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ, 08204. Telephone: 888-944-1816.
  5. Wednesday May 24, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm. University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium. 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI, 02882. Telephone: 401-874-6222.
  6. Wednesday May 25, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm. Webinar. Audio and visual access available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/chubscoping/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #5068871.

Written Comments

Written comments are due by Thursday, May 31, 2017 and may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Please include “chub mackerel scoping comments” in the subject line if using email or fax, or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Additional information and relevant background documents are available on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/chub-mackerel-amendment.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to Julia Beaty (jbeaty@mafmc.org, 302-526-5250).

PDF Version

May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Squid Amendment Public Hearing #6 - Webinar

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid2017/ 

Phone: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#

A listening station will be available at Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607, (757) 247– 2200. 


May
1
1:00 pm13:00

Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel Meeting

The Council’s Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel will meet on Monday, May 1, beginning at 1 PM and concluding by 5 PM.  The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only audio connection: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-ap-2017/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

The purpose of the meeting is to create a Fishery Performance Report. The intent of this report is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel members for the MSB specifications process, including recommendations by the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

Fishery Information Document

Other assessment/informational documents

Apr
27
9:00 am09:00

For-Hire Electronic Vessel Trip Report Workshop

  • Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) is hosting two workshops in late April to help the for-hire community prepare for submitting Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) electronically.  The Council approved a measure last year that will phase out the current paper-based reports over the coming year. For-hire vessel operators/owners who must report VTRs for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Council will need to report using their mobile device or personal computer in order to be in compliance. Such options are already available on a voluntary basis.

While all options for electronic reporting will be briefly discussed, the workshops will focus on hands-on training for the eTrips/mobile and eTrips/PC system, a free program developed by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). Instruction and guidance will be led by Rick Bellavance, Owner/Operator of Priority Fishing Charters in Point Judith, Rhode Island, and ACCSP staff.

When:

April 25th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm at the Hilton Mystic Hotel 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic CT 06355. Phone: (860) 572-0731.

April 27th. 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD21090. Phone:  (410) 859-8400.

Participation is limited to 30 individuals per workshop!

Registration: To register for one of the workshops, visit http://www.mafmc.org/forms/evtr-workshop-registration.

What to Bring: It would be extremely helpful to bring an electronic tablet or laptop capable of connecting to the internet via W-Fi. For the mobile-based version, participants will need either a Google account (for Android systems) or an iTunes account (for Apple systems) to download the eTrips/mobile app. This will allow you to work along with the instructors and be set up and ready to begin electronic reporting once you leave the workshop.

Please direct any questions to workshop coordinator Andrew Loftus (aloftus@andrewloftus.com; 410-295-5997).

PDF Version

Apr
25
9:00 am09:00

For-Hire Electronic Vessel Trip Report Workshop

  • Hilton Mystic Hotel

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) is hosting two workshops in late April to help the for-hire community prepare for submitting Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) electronically.  The Council approved a measure last year that will phase out the current paper-based reports over the coming year. For-hire vessel operators/owners who must report VTRs for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Council will need to report using their mobile device or personal computer in order to be in compliance. Such options are already available on a voluntary basis.

While all options for electronic reporting will be briefly discussed, the workshops will focus on hands-on training for the eTrips/mobile and eTrips/PC system, a free program developed by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). Instruction and guidance will be led by Rick Bellavance, Owner/Operator of Priority Fishing Charters in Point Judith, Rhode Island, and ACCSP staff.

When:

April 25th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm at the Hilton Mystic Hotel 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic CT 06355. Phone: (860) 572-0731.

April 27th. 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD21090. Phone:  (410) 859-8400.

Participation is limited to 30 individuals per workshop!

Registration: To register for one of the workshops, visit http://www.mafmc.org/forms/evtr-workshop-registration.

What to Bring: It would be extremely helpful to bring an electronic tablet or laptop capable of connecting to the internet via W-Fi. For the mobile-based version, participants will need either a Google account (for Android systems) or an iTunes account (for Apple systems) to download the eTrips/mobile app. This will allow you to work along with the instructors and be set up and ready to begin electronic reporting once you leave the workshop.

Please direct any questions to workshop coordinator Andrew Loftus (aloftus@andrewloftus.com; 410-295-5997).

PDF Version

Apr
24
5:00 pm17:00

Squid Amendment Public Hearing #1 - Ocean City, MD

  • he Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce

NOTE: The public hearing document for this amendment is now available HERE (posted 4/19/2017).

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold nine public hearings in April and May 2017 to solicit public input on the Squid Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through 11:59 pm on May 18, 2017.

The amendment considers measures to reduce latent longfin and Illex squid permits. Currently, a relatively small portion of vessels with limited access (“moratorium”) squid permits account for the majority of landings in most years. The Council is concerned that activation of latent permits in the squid fisheries could lead to excessive fishing effort, potentially resulting in shortened seasons and increased catch of non-target species.

The amendment also considers measures to modify the management of longfin squid during Trimester 2 (May-August). The Council is considering this action because there is concern that the productivity of the longfin squid stock may be negatively impacted if excessive fishing in Trimester 2 does not allow sufficient spawning and/or successful egg hatching from egg mops.

Hearing Schedule

  1. April 24, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM:  The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, 12320 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842, 410-213-0144.
  2. April 25, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, ME 04101, 207-775-2311.
  3. April 26, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station, 30 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-282-0308.
  4. May 2, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-8421.
  5. May 3, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, 700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724, 732-544-9300.
  6. May 4, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM: Webinar, http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid2017/  800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.  A listening station will be available at Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607, (757) 247– 2200. 
  7. May 8, 2017, 5:00-8:00 PM:  University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building, 218 Ferry Rd., Narragansett, RI 401-874-6222.
  8. May 9, 2017, 4:30 – 7:00 PM:  Doubletree by Hilton Cape Cod – Hyannis, 287 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis, MA 02601, 508-771-1700.
  9. May 11, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, 431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901, 631-208-0002.

Written Comments

Written comments may be sent through mail, email, fax, or online through 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (please write “Squid Amendment Comments” on the outside of the envelope.)
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at 302-674-5399 (please include “Squid Amendment Comments” in the subject line.)
  • Email to squid@mafmc.org
  • Online at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/squid-amendment-public-comments

Additional information and relevant background documents are available on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/squid-capacity-amendment and in the public hearing document, available HERE

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

Apr
18
10:00 am10:00

Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Airport

The Council's Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel (AP) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Airport, 9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19153; telephone: (215)-365-4500. 

The purpose of the meeting is to create a fishery performance report to provide structured input from the SCOQ Advisory Panel members to the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Council, for consideration at their May and June Meetings, respectively. The Council will consider setting 2018-2020 specifications for both species in June. 

Meeting Materials


 

Apr
7
1:00 pm13:00

River Herring and Shad Advisory Panel Meeting

The River Herring and Shad (RH/S) Advisory Panel will meet on Friday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. The RH/S Committee is developing metrics for tracking RH/S progress at the Council, and there are plans to review draft criteria at the April Council meeting.  This meeting would seek AP input on those draft criteria (in development).  Draft criteria can be found in the April 2017 Council Meeting Briefing Book:

http://www.mafmc.org/s/Tab01_2017-04_RHS.pdf

Webinar connection information:

http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/rhs-ap-2017/


Audio instructions will pop up or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#. 

Apr
6
9:00 am09:00

Joint HMS - Law Enforcement Committee Meeting (webinar)

The Council's HMS Committee and Law Enforcement Committee will meet jointly via webinar on Thursday, April 6, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, to discuss HMS permit requirement issues that were raised in 2016. 

Webinar:  http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/hms-le/

Briefing Materials:

NEW: HMS Handgear Permitting/Reporting Overview

HMS Recreational Compliance Guide (see pages 20-22)

Coast Guard Safety Decal Notice

Coast Guard Mandatory Safety Exam Bulletin

HMS-Safety Inspection Compliance

GARFO VTR Instructions

NACO-HMS Letter

USCG-SEFA Communications

 

 

Mar
28
Mar 30

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

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

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

About FMAT Meetings

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