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).

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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).

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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).

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
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).

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May
15
6:00 pm18:00

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #2

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 4th Fl Mtg Rm
May
16
6:30 pm18:30

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #3

  • Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center
May
17
May 18
SSC

May 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Lord Baltimore Hotel
May
24
6:30 pm18:30

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #5

  • University of Rhode Island Bay Campus Corless Auditorium
Jun
6
Jun 8

June 2017 Council Meeting

  • The Main Hotel - Norfolk, VA

The Council will hold its June 2017 meeting June 6-8, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. The meeting will be held at The Main Hotel (100 Main St., Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 763-6200). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.
 

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.

Aug
8
Aug 10

August 2017 Council Meeting

  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

The Council will hold its August 2017 meeting August 8-10, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (21 North Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 496-3200). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.
 

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.


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, RI401-874-6222.
  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.

 

Mar
27
1:00 pm13:00

River Herring Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG) Meeting

The River Herring Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG) will meet via conference call and webinar on March 27, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Call-In Number: 1-888-394-8197
Passcode: 499811
Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4810832144170002946

Meeting Purposes:

  • Discuss status of river herring conservation planning initiative.
  • Receive updates on TEWG-related initiatives.
  • Provide updates on TEWG subgroups and committee efforts.

Draft Agenda

Mar
21
10:00 am10:00

Tilefish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Tilefish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on March 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to recommend management measures designed to achieve recommended catch limits for the blueline and golden tilefish fisheries.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/tile-mc-2017/. Audio instructions will pop up or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.  You must use a phone connection to talk.

Meeting Materials

Golden Tilefish

Blueline Tilefish

Mar
17
9:00 am09:00

Industry-Funded Monitoing Amendment FMAT/PDT (Technical Staff) Conference Call

Consideration of any clarifications/adjustments needed related to preferred actions selected by the New England Fishery Management; update on Mid-Atlantic action reconsideration.

Contact Jason Didden for additional information. 

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.

 

Mar
15
11:00 am11:00

NEFMC Workshops on Deep Sea Coral Management Areas (Portsmouth, NH)

  • Sheraton Harborside (Portsmouth, NH)

The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting two workshops to bring together active fishermen who use bottom-tending mobile and fixed gear to discuss issues related to its Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of the winter storm that’s forecasted for our region on Tuesday, the New England Fishery Management Council is modifying the schedule for its two Coral Workshops.  Here are the details.

  • CORAL WORKSHOP #1, NEW BEDFORD, MA:  This workshop will begin as planned at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 13 and extend into the early evening to accommodate as much of the original two-day agenda as possible.  The second day of the workshop — Tuesday, March 14 — has been cancelled to avoid unnecessary travel.  The workshop will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740.
  • CORAL WORKSHOP #2, PORTSMOUTH, NH:  This workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 15 as originally scheduled, but the start-time has been advanced by two hours — from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. — to allow additional travel time.  The workshop will be held at the Sheraton Harborside, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

CORAL INFORMATION:  Visit the Council’s Coral Workshops webpage to access all meeting materials, including the agendas for both workshops, maps, and presentations.

QUESTIONS:  Email Michelle Bachman at mbachman@nefmc.org.

Mar
14
Mar 16

MREP Mini Recreational Workshop

  • Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport)

NOTE: Date, time, and location details are subject to change. Please refer to the main MREP page on the GMRI website for the most up-to-date information.

MREP Mini Recreational

March 14–16, 2017
Crowne Plaza
Warwick, RI

Apply here:  http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast/apply

Learn more about MREP here: http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast

About the Marine Resource Education Program

MREP New England and Mid-Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how and why’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with members of the community moderating the meeting and assisting fellow fishermen to articulate issues, keeping the discussion real.

Participants leave the workshops with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Mar
13
9:00 am09:00

NEFMC Workshops on Deep Sea Coral Management Areas (New Bedford, MA)

  • Fairfield Inn and Suites (New Bedford, MA)

The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting two workshops to bring together active fishermen who use bottom-tending mobile and fixed gear to discuss issues related to its Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of the winter storm that’s forecasted for our region on Tuesday, the New England Fishery Management Council is modifying the schedule for its two Coral Workshops.  Here are the details.

  • CORAL WORKSHOP #1, NEW BEDFORD, MA:  This workshop will begin as planned at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 13 and extend into the early evening to accommodate as much of the original two-day agenda as possible.  The second day of the workshop — Tuesday, March 14 — has been cancelled to avoid unnecessary travel.  The workshop will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740.
  • CORAL WORKSHOP #2, PORTSMOUTH, NH:  This workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 15 as originally scheduled, but the start-time has been advanced by two hours — from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. — to allow additional travel time.  The workshop will be held at the Sheraton Harborside, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

CORAL INFORMATION:  Visit the Council’s Coral Workshops webpage to access all meeting materials, including the agendas for both workshops, maps, and presentations.

QUESTIONS:  Email Michelle Bachman at mbachman@nefmc.org.

Feb
9
9:00 am09:00

Tilefish Advisory Panel Webinar

The Tilefish Advisory Panel of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. and conclude by 12 noon.

The purpose of the meeting is to create a fishery performance report by the Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel. The intent of this report 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).

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

Meeting Materials

Feb
7
2:00 pm14:00

Law Enforcement Committee Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Law Enforcement Committee will meet via webinar on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is for the Law Enforcement Committee to review and comment on the NOAA Fisheries 2017 Enforcement Priorities.

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

Meeting Materials

Feb
6
2:00 pm14:00

Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC’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’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.

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

The purpose of this meeting is to review and comment on the recently approved stock assessment information for black sea bass, 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 black sea bass fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for 2017-2019.  The Advisory Panel will also be asked to provide comments and recommendations on recreational management measures (possession limits, size limits, and season) for 2017. The Council and ASMFC will consider input from the AP at their joint meeting in February when reviewing these specifications.

Meeting Materials

Presentation

Supplemental Materials

Jan
26
10:00 am10:00

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

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on January 26, 2017, to develop recommendations for commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for black sea bass for 2017-2019. The Monitoring Committee will also develop recommendations for recreational management measures for black sea bass in 2017. 

Meeting Materials

Supplemental

Jan
17
Jan 19

MREP Management 100 Workshop

  • Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel

NOTE: Date, time, and location details are subject to change. Please refer to the main MREP page on the GMRI website for the most up-to-date information.

MREP Management 100
January 17-19, 2016
Sheraton, Atlantic City, NJ

Apply here:  http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast/apply

Learn more about MREP here: http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast

About the Marine Resource Education Program

MREP New England and Mid-Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how and why’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with members of the community moderating the meeting and assisting fellow fishermen to articulate issues, keeping the discussion real.

Participants leave the workshops with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Jan
6
10:30 am10:30

Squid Amendment FMAT

The FMAT will meet to discuss additional analyses for the Squid Amendment.  The Squid Amendment Action page has been updated with the results of the December Council Meeting - see http://www.mafmc.org/actions/squid-capacity-amendment

Contact Jason Didden for additional information. 

 

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.

Jan
3
8:00 am08:00

MREP Science 100 Workshop

  • Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel

NOTE: Date, time, and location details are subject to change. Please refer to the main MREP page on the GMRI website for the most up-to-date information.

MREP Science 100
January 3-5, 2016
Sheraton, Atlantic City, NJ

Apply here:  http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast/apply

Learn more about MREP here: http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-northeast

About the Marine Resource Education Program

MREP New England and Mid-Atlantic was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It provides an inside look at the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how and why’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with members of the community moderating the meeting and assisting fellow fishermen to articulate issues, keeping the discussion real.

Participants leave the workshops with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Dec
7
9:00 am09:00

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish FMAT Meeting

The Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet to discuss the range of alternatives in terms of the Magnuson Act and NEPA requirements for the Squid Capacity Amendment. 

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

About FMAT Meetings
Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) meetings are working meetings of Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. 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.

 

 

Dec
1
10:00 am10:00

Joint Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee and Advisory Panel Meeting

  • The DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport

The Council's Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Committee and Advisory Panel will meet jointly on December 1 in Baltimore, MD. The meeting will be broadcast for listen-only webinar access (no remote participation) via this link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid-com-ap/

Additional ongoing analyses described in the Sept 13 AP Meeting Summary will be posted on November 29, but the following documents will support the meeting:

Meeting Materials

Special Accommodations

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

 

 

Nov
18
9:00 am09:00

Summer Flounder Allocation Peer Review Meeting

  • DoubleTree by Hilton BWI Airport

The Council will convene a peer review panel consisting of members of the MAFMC’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and other outside experts, to review a summer flounder allocation model project. The meeting will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton BWI Airport (890 Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090; telephone: (410) 859-8400.)

The MAFMC contracted the development of this project to inform consideration of potential changes to the allocation of annual catch and landings limits between the commercial and recreational sectors of the summer flounder fishery. This analysis aims to determine which allocations would maximize benefits to the commercial and recreational sectors. The results of this project and peer review are scheduled to be presented to the MAFMC in December 2016.

Meeting Materials

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

Public Hearing: New Jersey Special Management Zones (Cape May, NJ)

  • Congress Hall

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold three public hearings in November 2016 to gather public comments on a request by the State of New Jersey to designate 13 of its artificial reef sites located in federal waters as Special Management Zones (SMZ). The hearings will be held November 15-17, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Public Hearing Schedule

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows:

  • Tuesday November 15, 2016, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn NY 11235, Room M239 of the Marina and Academic Center (The Lighthouse).
  • Wednesday November 16, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.
  • Thursday November 17, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204.

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.

Written Comments

Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. and may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (include “NJ SMZ Request” on envelope);
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at fax number 302-674-5399 (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line); or
  • Email to Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line).

Background

In November 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) petitioned the Mid-Atlantic Council to designate 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs under provisions of Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The petition was based on the need to reduce gear conflicts between hook and line fishermen and fixed pot/trap gear at those sites. The SMZ designation could prohibit the use of any gear except hook and line and spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand) within the 13 potential SMZ sites. The Council’s SMZ Monitoring Team (MT) evaluated the NJDEP request and recommended that the Council designate all 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs. The MT analysis indicated that commercial fishing vessels deploying pot/trap gear off the coast of New Jersey would likely face minimal to no losses in ex-vessel revenue if the artificial reefs are designated as SMZs. The Council is scheduled to review public comments and make a decision relative to NJ SMZ designation at its December 2016 meeting in Annapolis, MD.

For more information, contact Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org

Nov
17
2:00 pm14:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC’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’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.

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

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss recreational management measures (e.g., bag limits, size limits, and seasons) and strategies for recreational summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries in 2017.

 

Meeting Materials

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

Nov
16
7:00 pm19:00

Public Hearing: New Jersey Special Management Zones (Toms River, NJ)

  • Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold three public hearings in November 2016 to gather public comments on a request by the State of New Jersey to designate 13 of its artificial reef sites located in federal waters as Special Management Zones (SMZ). The hearings will be held November 15-17, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Public Hearing Schedule

  • Tuesday November 15, 2016, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn NY 11235, Room M239 of the Marina and Academic Center (The Lighthouse).
  • Wednesday November 16, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.
  • Thursday November 17, 2016, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204.

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.

Written Comments

Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. and may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (include “NJ SMZ Request” on envelope);
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at fax number 302-674-5399 (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line); or
  • Email to Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org (include “NJ SMZ Request” in the subject line).

Background

In November 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) petitioned the Mid-Atlantic Council to designate 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs under provisions of Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The petition was based on the need to reduce gear conflicts between hook and line fishermen and fixed pot/trap gear at those sites. The SMZ designation could prohibit the use of any gear except hook and line and spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand) within the 13 potential SMZ sites. The Council’s SMZ Monitoring Team (MT) evaluated the NJDEP request and recommended that the Council designate all 13 artificial reef sites as SMZs. The MT analysis indicated that commercial fishing vessels deploying pot/trap gear off the coast of New Jersey would likely face minimal to no losses in ex-vessel revenue if the artificial reefs are designated as SMZs. The Council is scheduled to review public comments and make a decision relative to NJ SMZ designation at its December 2016 meeting in Annapolis, MD.

For more information, contact Rich Seagraves at rseagraves@mafmc.org