Dec
17
9:00 AM09:00

Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) Meeting

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) will meet December 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Narragansett Laboratory, Tarzwell Drive, Narragansett RI. The meeting will also be available via webinar at the link below.

The purpose of this meeting is to: 1) review results of the Nov. 19th Working Group meeting, 2) update on the status of the flume tank experiments, 3) update on evaluation of effect of wingspread on assessment results, 4) update on results of the 2018 fall survey, 5) update on the project to collect and evaluate fishery ecological knowledge of Gulf of Maine flatfish distribution shifts and their impacts on the availability to fishery independent surveys and 6) discuss other business and next steps for the NTAP.

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Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

Chub Mackerel Amendment Public Hearing #5 - Webinar

Webinar Information:

The webinar can be accessed at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/chub_mackerel_public_hearing/. For telephone-only access, dial 1-800-832-0736 and enter room number 5068871.

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Jan
22
9:30 AM09:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on January 22, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is for the AP to provide feedback on the Public Hearing Draft for the SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment. More details on the action can be found at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment

Background information for this meeting and connection information will be posted on this page about a week before the meeting.

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Jan
22
1:30 PM13:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Committee will meet via webinar on January 22, 2019 from 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Committee to review the Public Hearing Draft for the SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment to ensure the document is complete for Council review and approval (at the February meeting). More details on the action can be found at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment

Background information for this meeting and connection information will be posted on this page about a week before the meeting.

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Jan
28
9:00 AM09:00
SSC

Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting – January 2019

The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet on January 28, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Inner Harbor, 222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: 410-727-2222. Please note that the start and end times listed above are subject to change. A detailed meeting agenda and meeting materials will be posted prior to the meeting. Please check back on this page for updates.

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Jan
29
10:00 AM10:00

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

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 29 at the Embassy Suites Inner Harbor, 222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: 410-727-2222. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude by 4:00 p.m., but these times are subject to change. A detailed agenda will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to review updated summer flounder stock assessment information and recommend revised 2019 and new 2020-2021 commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), Annual Catch Targets (ACTs), commercial quotas, and recreational harvest limits for summer flounder. The Committee will also recommend recreational management measures for summer flounder in 2019.

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Feb
12
to Feb 14

February 2019 Council Meeting – Virginia Beach, VA

  • Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council will meet February 12-14, 2019 in Virginia Beach, VA. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23151, 757-213-3000). Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

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Mar
19
to Mar 20
SSC

Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting – March 2019

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

The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet on March 19-20, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Place Inner Harbor, 511 South Central Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: 410-558-1840. Please note that the start and end times listed above are subject to change. A detailed meeting agenda and meeting materials will be posted prior to the meeting. Please check back on this page for updates.

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May
7
10:00 AM10:00
SSC

Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting – May 2019

The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet on May 7-8, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: 410-234-0550. Please note that the start and end times listed above are subject to change. A detailed meeting agenda and meeting materials will be posted prior to the meeting. Please check back on this page for updates.

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Jul
16
to Jul 17
SSC

Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting – July 2019

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

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

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Aug
12
to Aug 15

August 2019 Council Meeting – Philadelphia, PA

  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council will meet August 12-15, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-496-3200). Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

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Sep
10
to Sep 11
SSC

Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting – September 2019

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

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

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Oct
8
to Oct 10

October 2019 Council Meeting

  • Durham Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council will meet October 8-10, 2019 in Durham, NC. The meeting will be held at the Durham Convention Center (301 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701, 919-956-9404), Lodging for the meeting will be at the Durham Marriott Center City (201 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701, 919-768-6000). Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

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Nov
27
10:00 AM10:00

Research Steering Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Research Steering Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet on Tuesday, November 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar. Details on the proposed agenda, webinar listen-in access, and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the current state of the Collaborative Research Program, as well as make recommendations to the Council regarding future collaborative research initiatives. Agenda topics include: a review of the current program, status of Council funded research projects, future research topics and opportunities, and research set-aside.

Meeting Materials

  1. Staff Memo: Collaborative Research Webinar, 6/1/2015

  2. February 2016 Collaborative Research Committee Meeting Summary, 2/9/2016

  3. NEFSC Letter Regarding Collaborative Research, 8/5/2015

  4. Press Release: Mid-Atlantic Council Announces Funded Collaborative Research Projects, 4/6/2016

  5. Staff Memo: RSA Program Issues, 7/30/2014

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Nov
19
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, 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 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 19, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m.

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 2019.

The meeting will take place over webinar, which can be accessed at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/sfsbsb_ap_nov2018/. Meeting audio can also be accessed via telephone by dialing 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

Meeting Materials

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Nov
19
10:00 AM10:00

Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel Working Group Meeting

  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Working Group of the Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet on Monday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) office located on 28 Tarzwell Dr., Narragansett, RI 02882 and available via webinar.

The purpose of this Working Group meeting is to: 1) review the status of the wingspread performance analyses and gear performance (door) evaluations, 2) discuss the twin trawl survey design and door testing with considerations given to species of interest, timing, experimental design and analyses, 3) discuss other business and next steps for the NTAP.

Meeting Materials and Presentations

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Nov
13
10:00 AM10:00

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 will meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar, which can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/sfsbsb_mc_nov2018/. Meeting audio can also be accessed via telephone by dialing 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider 2019 recreational management measures for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass. In light of the ongoing benchmark stock assessment for summer flounder, with peer review scheduled for late November 2018, the Monitoring Committee will consider how to approach development of 2019 summer flounder recreational measures after the assessment results are available. In addition, the Monitoring Committee will receive an update on a recreational Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) for summer flounder. For scup and black sea bass, the Monitoring Committee will recommend federal waters measures for consideration by the MAFMC and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board in December 2018.

The Monitoring Committee will also review analysis of proposed changes in the commercial scup incidental possession limits and may develop plans for reviewing the commercial scup incidental possession limits in future years.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #10 – Webinar

Registration URLhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5467929991483514883; Webinar ID: 658-611-667; Phone: 1-888-585-9008; Room Number: 853-657-937


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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

[RESCHEDULED] Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #4 – Newport News, VA

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 4th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this hearing (originally scheduled for September 13) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 PM.

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

[RESCHEDULED] Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #3 – Dover, DE

  • Dover Public Library, Meeting Room B (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this hearing (originally scheduled for September 13) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 PM, and the hearing location has been moved to Dover Public Library, Meeting Room B, 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, Delaware 19901.

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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

[RESCHEDULED] Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment Public Hearing #2 – Washington, NC

  • North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Washington Regional Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Note: Due to inclement weather, this hearing (originally scheduled for September 12) has been rescheduled for Monday, September 24, 6:00 PM.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel and Committee will meet on Monday September 24, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar, which can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/chubapcom2/ Participants may also connect via telephone by calling 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and provide comments on a draft public hearing document for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Chub Mackerel Amendment. This amendment will consider adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The amendment will consider potential catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks “in the fishery.”

Meeting Materials

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Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Spiny Dogfish Committee Meeting

The Spiny Dogfish Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet on Friday September 21, 2018 from 10 AM to 1 PM.  The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only audio connection to participate: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogcom/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop recommendations for future spiny dogfish specifications and associated management measures.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

Joint Law Enforcement Committee, Tilefish Committee, and Highly Migratory Species Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Law Enforcement Committee, Tilefish Committee, and Highly Migratory Species Committee will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via conference call.

During this meeting, the committees will discuss two important issues: 1) the sale of golden tilefish and tuna by recreational vessels that do not possess permits allowing for the sale of those species or possess Coast Guard vessel safety requirements for commercial vessels; 2) Responsibilities of for-hire captains regarding fishing regulation (e.g., minimum size limit, bag limit) on for hire-trips. The purpose of the conference call is to discuss these two issues and develop an agenda and set of questions to be discussed at a future workshop.

To join the conference call:

  • Dial 1.877.446.2362 (toll free)

  • Hit 7 to access Bridge

  • Enter passcode: 2580 then #

  • Enter Bridge No.: 705

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Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Friday, September 14, 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to review annual specifications and management measures and make any appropriate recommendations. New annual specifications should begin May 1, 2019 and can be set for up to five years. Public comment will be taken.

The meeting will be held via webinar at the following link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/spinydogmc-2018/. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: (800) 832–0736, Rm: *7833942#. Anyone can also attend at the Council office (800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE  19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331). Please call the Council at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to attend at the Council office.

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Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Meeting

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

The Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet September 12, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (550 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202). 

The purpose of the meeting is to begin to take the next steps in utilizing the information from the approved Risk Assessment and identify scientific and management priorities, as outlined in the EAFM guidance document. Specifically, the Committee will consider different ways to evaluate the Risk Assessment to help identify and determine priorities (i.e. high risk interactions) and discuss the next steps and timelines to conduct the various analyses to tie in with various Council initiatives.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Webinar

The Ecosystem and Ocean Planning (EOP) Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. through 12:00 P.M. The meeting will take place over webinar with a telephone-only connection option (webinar connection information is posted below).

The purpose of the meeting is for the EOP Committee to review the NOAA Fisheries draft Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Implementation Plan for the Northeast Region. The draft plans are currently available for public comment until September 30, 2018. Given the scope and potential role the draft plan may have with the Council’s Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) guidance document, the Committee will consider, if appropriate, comments specific to the draft Northeast Regional plan.

Webinar Information

Webinar link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/sept10eopwebinar/ 
To participate, the audio connection is by telephone only. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *5939710#.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
7
1:00 PM13:00

Chub Mackerel FMAT Meeting

The Chub Mackerel Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet via conference call/webinar on September 7, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. to discuss a draft public hearing document for the Chub Mackerel Amendment. More information about this amendment is available on the Chub Mackerel Amendment action page.

For call-in/webinar information please contact Julia Beaty: jbeaty@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5250.

About FMAT Meetings

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

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