Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tilefish Advisory Panel Meeting

The Tilefish Advisory Panel of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet via webinar on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

The purpose of the meeting is to create fishery performance reports by the Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel. The intent of these reports is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel members for the Golden and Blueline Tilefish specifications process, including recommendations by the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

Webinar

The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option.

Meeting Materials

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Feb
23
9:30 AM09:30

SBRM FMAT/PDT Conference Call

The Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) FMAT/PDT will meet via conference call on February 23, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.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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Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

For-Hire eVTR Training Workshop (Toms River, NJ)

  • Clarion Hotel & Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold two workshops in February to help for-hire vessel operators prepare for upcoming electronic reporting requirements. Beginning March 12, 2018, all vessels with Federal charter or party permits for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Council will be required to submit electronic vessel trip reports (eVTRs) while on trips carrying passengers for hire. eVTRs must be submitted through a NOAA-approved software application within 48 hours following the completion of a fishing trip.

While all software options for electronic reporting will be briefly discussed, the workshops will primarily focus on training for the SAFIS eTrips/mobile and eTrips Online systems developed by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). Participants will receive hands-on assistance with navigating the eTrips application, setting up favorites, and creating and editing trip reports. Instruction will be led by Rick Bellavance, Owner/Operator of Priority Fishing Charters in Point Judith, Rhode Island, and ACCSP staff.

For more information about for-hire electronic reporting requirements and software options, visit http://www.mafmc.org/for-hire-evtr/.

Workshop Dates and Locations

Saturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, MA, 978-777-2500

Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ, 732-341-6101

Instruction for SAFIS eTrips/mobile (for use on tablets) will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. Instruction for eTrips Online (for use on desktop or laptop computers) will begin at 1:00 and conclude by 4:30. Each session will be preceded by a discussion of all options for reporting. In the event that demand for eTrips/online instruction is low, a second eTrips/mobile session may be added in the afternoon.

Registration

To register for one of the workshops, complete the registration form at http://www.mafmc.org/forms/evtr-workshop-registration or email the workshop coordinator at aloftus@andrewloftus.com. There are a limited number of spaces available. Participants are strongly encouraged to register early so that workshop personnel can work with each individual prior to the workshop to establish needed accounts for reporting systems.

What to Bring

Participants should 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.

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Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Introductory Fisheries Science For Stakeholders (IFISSH) - 7 Week Course

  • Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is offering an introductory fisheries science course to educate New Jersey’s commercial and recreational fishing industries’ stakeholders on science and management processes impacting their industries.

Open to all who are interested (commercial and recreational fishermen, general public, current students or professionals, etc.)

Topics covered will include:

  • Fisheries Biology and Oceanography
  • Commercial and Recreational Catch Data
  • Research Surveys
  • Stock Assessment Methods
  • Fishery Management Processes

This seven week course will meet weekly from Feb. 27–Apr. 10, 2018 during the evenings (6:30–8:30 PM) at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County in Toms River, NJ.

This will be a “HyFlex” course. All sessions will be broadcasted live via webinar so that people from all over NJ can participate in-class or remotely.

Cost: $40.00/person

Register before February 16, 2018 by contacting: Kelly Jurgensen, Administrative Assistant, Rutgers Marine Extension Program, kjurgensen@co.ocean.nj.us, 732-349-1152

For more information, please contact:
Douglas Zemeckis, Ph.D. | County Agent III (Asst. Prof.) NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University zemeckis@njaes.rutgers.edu | 732-349-1152

All classes meet from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, 1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River, NJ.

Download the course flyer with additional details.

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

For-Hire eVTR Training Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public webinar on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The purpose of this webinar is to provide instruction to for-hire operators on electronic reporting of vessel trip reports (VTRs). 

This meeting will be held via webinar on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr2018/ (audio connection instructions will pop up when you join the webinar).

Background

NOAA Fisheries has issued a final rule requiring the use of electronic vessel trip reports (VTRs) by vessel owners/operators holding Federal charter or party permits for species managed by a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council FMP while on trips carrying passengers for hire. Electronic VTRs must be submitted through a NOAA-approved software application within 48 hours following the completion of a fishing trip. Vessels with Federal charter or party permits for any of the following species will be bound by this rule:

  • Atlantic mackerel
  • Squid
  • Butterfish
  • Summer Flounder
  • Scup
  • Black sea bass
  • Bluefish
  • Tilefish

This action takes effect March 12, 2018, and changes only the required method of transmitting VTRs and the submission date; the required data elements and all other existing reporting requirements will not change. This webinar meeting will provide information on the new requirements and options to assist affected parties to comply and training on select systems in preparation for this action.

Contact

For further information, contact Andrew Loftus, eVTR Outreach Workshop Coordinator; telephone: (410) 295–5997; email: aloftus@andrewloftus.com.

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Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Tilefish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Tilefish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Tilefish Monitoring Committee to recommend management measures designed to achieve recommended catch limits for the blueline and golden tilefish fisheries.

Webinar

The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option: 

  • Webinar:  TBD
  • Audio:  TBD

Meeting Materials

Will be posted one week prior to the meeting.

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Apr
30
9:00 AM09:00

Joint Meeting with ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Boards

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board  on Monday, April 30, 2018 in Arlington, VA. The meeting will be held at the Westin Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. Additional information and materials will be posted on the ASMFC's website at http://www.asmfc.org/calendar/5/2018/ASMFC-2018-Spring-Meeting/1006.

Please note that the start and end times for this meeting may change. Please check back on this page before making travel arrangements.

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

For-Hire eVTR Training Workshop (Danvers, MA)

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold two workshops in February to help for-hire vessel operators prepare for upcoming electronic reporting requirements. Beginning March 12, 2018, all vessels with Federal charter or party permits for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Council will be required to submit electronic vessel trip reports (eVTRs) while on trips carrying passengers for hire. eVTRs must be submitted through a NOAA-approved software application within 48 hours following the completion of a fishing trip.

While all software options for electronic reporting will be briefly discussed, the workshops will primarily focus on training for the SAFIS eTrips/mobile and eTrips Online systems developed by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). Participants will receive hands-on assistance with navigating the eTrips application, setting up favorites, and creating and editing trip reports. Instruction will be led by Rick Bellavance, Owner/Operator of Priority Fishing Charters in Point Judith, Rhode Island, and ACCSP staff.

For more information about for-hire electronic reporting requirements and software options, visit http://www.mafmc.org/for-hire-evtr/.

Workshop Dates and Locations

Saturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, MA, 978-777-2500

Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ, 732-341-6101

Instruction for SAFIS eTrips/mobile (for use on tablets) will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. Instruction for eTrips Online (for use on desktop or laptop computers) will begin at 1:00 and conclude by 4:30. Each session will be preceded by a discussion of all options for reporting. In the event that demand for eTrips/online instruction is low, a second eTrips/mobile session may be added in the afternoon.

Registration

To register for one of the workshops, complete the registration form at http://www.mafmc.org/forms/evtr-workshop-registration or email the workshop coordinator at aloftus@andrewloftus.com. There are a limited number of spaces available. Participants are strongly encouraged to register early so that workshop personnel can work with each individual prior to the workshop to establish needed accounts for reporting systems.

What to Bring

Participants should 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.

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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

SAFMC: Atlantic Cobia Management Public Hearing Webinar (Listening Station in SC and VA)

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are soliciting public input on proposed management changes for Atlantic cobia as they consider revising the current management system. Public hearings will be held via webinar with public listening stations beginning January 22, 2018. Information on the proposed changes is now available from the Council’s website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/. Written comments are also being solicited using the online comment form available from the website page.
 
Atlantic cobia are managed in federal waters along the Atlantic coast from Georgia through New York in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; two voting seats are provided to the Mid-Atlantic Council on the South Atlantic Council’s Mackerel Cobia Committee. This arrangement provides an opportunity to include the views of constituents from Virginia northwards. Cobia in federal waters off the east coast of Florida are considered part of the Gulf of Mexico migratory stock.  The management boundary for the two stocks was modified following a 2013 stock assessment and annual catch limits for each stock were set.  NOAA Fisheries determined the recreational catch limit for Atlantic cobia was exceeded in 2015, leading to a shortened season in 2016. Cobia harvested in both state and federal waters count toward the annual catch limit.  Subsequent overages occurred during 2016 and the recreational fishery was closed in federal waters on January 24, 2017.
 
In order to provide for effective management and fair and equitable access to the Atlantic cobia fishery without reducing protection to the stock, the Council is considering a range of alternatives for managing Atlantic cobia, from complementary management with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to removal of Atlantic cobia from the federal management unit. The ASMFC recently approved an Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Cobia that will be implemented in April 2018.  Should the Council choose to remove Atlantic cobia from the current federal management unit, the ASMFC Interstate Plan would be applied to both state and federal waters, allowing for additional management flexibility.

Public Hearings for Atlantic Cobia Management

(Amendment 31 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan)

Public hearings will be conducted via webinar with listening stations as noted below. Attendance at the listening stations is encouraged but not required. During the public hearings, Council staff will present an overview of the amendment and will be available to answer questions via webinar. Area Council members or state agency representatives will be present at each of the listening stations. Members of the public will have an opportunity to go on record via webinar or at the listening stations to record their comments for consideration by the Council.

January 22, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Stations:

  1. Port Royal Sound Maritime Center: 310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie, SC 29909
  2. North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office: 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, NC 28557
  3. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Division: One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31523

January 23, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Station: 
Hatteras Community Center; 57689 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27943

January 24, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Stations: 

  1. Haddrell’s Point Tackle: 885 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
  2. Virginia Marine Resources Commission (The Maritime Building); 2500 Washington Ave., 4th Floor, Newport News, VA 23607 *Note: The VA location is a state-organized listening station and was arranged to provide the public in Virginia the opportunity to attend and provide comments in-person.

Registration for each webinar is required. Registration information, along with public hearing documents, video presentations, and other materials is now available from the Council’s website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/. An online public comment form for written comments is also available. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. February 9, 2018 to be included in the briefing book materials for the Council’s March 5-9, 2018 meeting in Jekyll Island, GA.
 
The Council is also asking for public input on the timing of measures proposed in Amendment 31. A Stock Identification Workshop for Cobia is scheduled to begin in April 2018 as part of a benchmark stock assessment Atlantic cobia. 
 
For additional information, contact Christina Wiegand, Fishery Social Scientist at Christina.Wiegand@safmc.net or contact the Council office at 843/571-4366.

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Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

SAFMC: Atlantic Cobia Management Public Hearing Webinar (Listening Station in NC)

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are soliciting public input on proposed management changes for Atlantic cobia as they consider revising the current management system. Public hearings will be held via webinar with public listening stations beginning January 22, 2018. Information on the proposed changes is now available from the Council’s website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/. Written comments are also being solicited using the online comment form available from the website page.
 
Atlantic cobia are managed in federal waters along the Atlantic coast from Georgia through New York in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; two voting seats are provided to the Mid-Atlantic Council on the South Atlantic Council’s Mackerel Cobia Committee. This arrangement provides an opportunity to include the views of constituents from Virginia northwards. Cobia in federal waters off the east coast of Florida are considered part of the Gulf of Mexico migratory stock.  The management boundary for the two stocks was modified following a 2013 stock assessment and annual catch limits for each stock were set.  NOAA Fisheries determined the recreational catch limit for Atlantic cobia was exceeded in 2015, leading to a shortened season in 2016. Cobia harvested in both state and federal waters count toward the annual catch limit.  Subsequent overages occurred during 2016 and the recreational fishery was closed in federal waters on January 24, 2017.
 
In order to provide for effective management and fair and equitable access to the Atlantic cobia fishery without reducing protection to the stock, the Council is considering a range of alternatives for managing Atlantic cobia, from complementary management with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to removal of Atlantic cobia from the federal management unit. The ASMFC recently approved an Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Cobia that will be implemented in April 2018.  Should the Council choose to remove Atlantic cobia from the current federal management unit, the ASMFC Interstate Plan would be applied to both state and federal waters, allowing for additional management flexibility.

Public Hearings for Atlantic Cobia Management

(Amendment 31 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan)

Public hearings will be conducted via webinar with listening stations as noted below. Attendance at the listening stations is encouraged but not required. During the public hearings, Council staff will present an overview of the amendment and will be available to answer questions via webinar. Area Council members or state agency representatives will be present at each of the listening stations. Members of the public will have an opportunity to go on record via webinar or at the listening stations to record their comments for consideration by the Council.

January 22, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Stations:

  1. Port Royal Sound Maritime Center: 310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie, SC 29909
  2. North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office: 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, NC 28557
  3. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Division: One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31523

January 23, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Station: 
Hatteras Community Center; 57689 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27943

January 24, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Stations: 

  1. Haddrell’s Point Tackle: 885 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
  2. Virginia Marine Resources Commission (The Maritime Building); 2500 Washington Ave., 4th Floor, Newport News, VA 23607 *Note: The VA location is a state-organized listening station and was arranged to provide the public in Virginia the opportunity to attend and provide comments in-person.

Registration for each webinar is required. Registration information, along with public hearing documents, video presentations, and other materials is now available from the Council’s website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/. An online public comment form for written comments is also available. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. February 9, 2018 to be included in the briefing book materials for the Council’s March 5-9, 2018 meeting in Jekyll Island, GA.
 
The Council is also asking for public input on the timing of measures proposed in Amendment 31. A Stock Identification Workshop for Cobia is scheduled to begin in April 2018 as part of a benchmark stock assessment Atlantic cobia. 
 
For additional information, contact Christina Wiegand, Fishery Social Scientist at Christina.Wiegand@safmc.net or contact the Council office at 843/571-4366.

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Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

SAFMC: Atlantic Cobia Management Public Hearing Webinar (Listening Stations in SC, NC, and GA)

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are soliciting public input on proposed management changes for Atlantic cobia as they consider revising the current management system. Public hearings will be held via webinar with public listening stations beginning January 22, 2018. Information on the proposed changes is now available from the Council’s website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/. Written comments are also being solicited using the online comment form available from the website page.
 
Atlantic cobia are managed in federal waters along the Atlantic coast from Georgia through New York in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; two voting seats are provided to the Mid-Atlantic Council on the South Atlantic Council’s Mackerel Cobia Committee. This arrangement provides an opportunity to include the views of constituents from Virginia northwards. Cobia in federal waters off the east coast of Florida are considered part of the Gulf of Mexico migratory stock.  The management boundary for the two stocks was modified following a 2013 stock assessment and annual catch limits for each stock were set.  NOAA Fisheries determined the recreational catch limit for Atlantic cobia was exceeded in 2015, leading to a shortened season in 2016. Cobia harvested in both state and federal waters count toward the annual catch limit.  Subsequent overages occurred during 2016 and the recreational fishery was closed in federal waters on January 24, 2017.
 
In order to provide for effective management and fair and equitable access to the Atlantic cobia fishery without reducing protection to the stock, the Council is considering a range of alternatives for managing Atlantic cobia, from complementary management with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to removal of Atlantic cobia from the federal management unit. The ASMFC recently approved an Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Cobia that will be implemented in April 2018.  Should the Council choose to remove Atlantic cobia from the current federal management unit, the ASMFC Interstate Plan would be applied to both state and federal waters, allowing for additional management flexibility.

Public Hearings for Atlantic Cobia Management

(Amendment 31 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan)

Public hearings will be conducted via webinar with listening stations as noted below. Attendance at the listening stations is encouraged but not required. During the public hearings, Council staff will present an overview of the amendment and will be available to answer questions via webinar. Area Council members or state agency representatives will be present at each of the listening stations. Members of the public will have an opportunity to go on record via webinar or at the listening stations to record their comments for consideration by the Council.

January 22, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Stations:

  1. Port Royal Sound Maritime Center: 310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie, SC 29909
  2. North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office: 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, NC 28557
  3. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Division: One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31523

January 23, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Station: 
Hatteras Community Center; 57689 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27943

January 24, 2018 Webinar – begins at 6:00 PM

Listening Stations: 

  1. Haddrell’s Point Tackle: 885 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
  2. Virginia Marine Resources Commission (The Maritime Building); 2500 Washington Ave., 4th Floor, Newport News, VA 23607 *Note: The VA location is a state-organized listening station and was arranged to provide the public in Virginia the opportunity to attend and provide comments in-person.

Registration for each webinar is required. Registration information, along with public hearing documents, video presentations, and other materials is now available from the Council’s website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/. An online public comment form for written comments is also available. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. February 9, 2018 to be included in the briefing book materials for the Council’s March 5-9, 2018 meeting in Jekyll Island, GA.
 
The Council is also asking for public input on the timing of measures proposed in Amendment 31. A Stock Identification Workshop for Cobia is scheduled to begin in April 2018 as part of a benchmark stock assessment Atlantic cobia. 
 
For additional information, contact Christina Wiegand, Fishery Social Scientist at Christina.Wiegand@safmc.net or contact the Council office at 843/571-4366.

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Jan
11
9:00 AM09:00

SBRM Review FMAT/PDT

•Discussion, and drafting, of the three year review of the Standardized Bycatch Reporting

Methodology in order to assess its effectiveness.

•Review of analyses completed, to date

•Other business may be discussed, if necessary

Contact Jason Didden (jdidden@mafmc.org) for more information.

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Jan
9
5:00 PM17:00

NEFMC Program Review Port Meeting - Cape May, NJ

The New England Fishery Management Council is currently undergoing an independent review to: (1) assess past performance; (2) gather feedback on strengths and weaknesses of the Council process and operations; and (3) identify potential areas for improvements. Twelve port meetings and one webinar meeting were held in November and December to gather public input. 

Two additional port meetings have been scheduled in the Mid-Atlantic region:

  • Monday, January 8, Montauk, NY – Montauk Playhouse Community Center, 240 Edgemere Street, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 9, Cape May, NJ – Rutgers University, 1636 Delaware Ave., 5 p.m.

Stakeholders can also provide input through an online survey, which is available HERE.  More information can be found at Council Program Review.

QUESTIONS:  Call or email Janice Plante at (607) 592-4817, jplante@nefmc.org.

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Jan
8
5:00 PM17:00

NEFMC Program Review Port Meeting - Montauk, NY

The New England Fishery Management Council is currently undergoing an independent review to: (1) assess past performance; (2) gather feedback on strengths and weaknesses of the Council process and operations; and (3) identify potential areas for improvements. Twelve port meetings and one webinar meeting were held in November and December to gather public input. 

Two additional port meetings have been scheduled in the Mid-Atlantic region:

  • Monday, January 8, Montauk, NY – Montauk Playhouse Community Center, 240 Edgemere Street, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 9, Cape May, NJ – Rutgers University, 1636 Delaware Ave., 5 p.m.

Stakeholders can also provide input through an online survey, which is available HERE.  More information can be found at Council Program Review.

QUESTIONS:  Call or email Janice Plante at (607) 592-4817, jplante@nefmc.org.

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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn BWI Airport, 1516 Aero Drive, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090; telephone: (410)-691-0500.

The purpose of the meeting is to review and approve the EAFM based risk assessment for the Mid-Atlantic fishery resources which has been under development since early 2017.  The Committee will review the final list of elements and the evaluation of risk posed by each element as recommended by Council staff.  The Committee will make recommendations to the full Council for consideration at its December meeting in Annapolis, MD.

A listen-only webinar will be available for this meeting. Webinar attendees will be able to listen to meeting discussion but will not be able to participate in any way. 

Meeting Materials 

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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

SBRM Review FMAT/PDT

•Discussion, and drafting, of the three year review of the Standardized Bycatch Reporting

Methodology in order to assess its effectiveness.

•Review of analyses completed, to date

•Other business may be discussed, if necessary

Contact Jason Didden (jdidden@mafmc.org) for more information.

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Nov
20
2:00 PM14:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting via webinar, jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel.

The meeting will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

  • Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/fsb-ap-17/
  • Audio: When you open the webinar, audio connection instructions will pop up on the screen automatically, or you can dial 800-832-0736, room number 4472108

The purpose of this meeting is to review and provide feedback on proposed recreational management measures (e.g., bag limits, size limits, and seasons) and strategies for the recreational summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries in 2018. 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 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. 

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Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Webinar on Chub Mackerel in the Diets of Highly Migratory Species

Webinar Summary, posted 11/28/2017

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 here.

Meeting Materials

Public Participation

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
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 9:00 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

 

Meeting Materials 

Supplemental 

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Nov
6
9:00 AM09:00

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 Instructions

  • Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-com-nov-2017/
  • Audio: Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942# 
    (The best way to connect audio is to type your number in the box that pops up and have the webinar call you but there may be times when you can’t receive an automated call, like if your extension is behind a switchboard.)
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Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
1:00 PM13:00

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
1:00 PM13:00

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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