Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Committee Conference Call

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Committee will meet via conference call on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. to discuss possible support for research on surfclam genetics. To join the conference call, dial 1-800-832-0736 and enter room number 9294759.

Meeting Materials

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Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

Joint Mackerel Rebuilding Framework FMAT and MSB Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Council will hold a joint webinar meeting of the Mackerel Rebuilding Framework FMAT and MSB Monitoring Committee on June 25, 2018 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. The purpose of this meeting is to review analyses for mackerel rebuilding framework and squid/butterfish specifications.

Meeting Materials

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

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Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

Joint Meeting of the MAFMC and ASMFC Bluefish Advisory Panels (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Bluefish Advisory Panel will meet jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Bluefish Advisory Panel on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panel to create a fishery performance report (FPR). The intent of this report is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel for the bluefish specifications process. The FPR will be used by the MAFMC’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Bluefish Monitoring Committee (MC) when setting 2019 management measures designed to achieve the recommended bluefish catch and landings limits. In addition, the MAFMC and ASMFC will consider input from the Advisory Panels in August when reviewing these specifications.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option.

Webinar Linkhttp://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/bfap2018/
Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 1-800-832-0736 Room number: 5068609

Meeting Materials

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Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will meet jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn BWI (1516 Aero Dr, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090).

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss recent performance of the commercial and recreational fisheries for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass, and develop annual Fishery Performance Reports for these fisheries. 

Meeting Materials 

Supplemental Materials 

  

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Jul
18
8:30 AM08:30

MRIP Webinar

Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) staff will provide a briefing on the new MRIP data with Q&A from 8:30am-10:30am on July 18th.

The new MRIP numbers are scheduled for release on July 2. This briefing will provide an overview of the changes to the recreational fishing effort survey (“FES”) and recreational fishing site catch survey (“APAIS”), as well as how survey statistics are being calibrated.  MRIP staff will provide information on how historical effort statistics in our area have changed and will also share before-and-after regional catch/harvest data for summer flounder and black sea bass.

Note: the new MRIP numbers will not be used for quota monitoring until an assessment or assessment update with the new numbers has been completed and taken through the SSC/specifications process.  So comparisons between current 2018 quotas and the magnitude of any new MRIP numbers will not be meaningful. MRIP does have a way to back-calibrate the new 2018 numbers into the old units for current quota comparisons, but that’s something that will generated separately.

Webinar connection details will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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Jul
18
10:30 AM10:30

Joint Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Committee and River Herring and Shad Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee and River Herring and Shad Committee will meet jointly via webinar on Wednesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. The Committees will discuss the mackerel rebuilding framework (including RH/S cap) and develop recommendations prior to the August Council Meeting when the Council is scheduled to take final action.

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Jul
19
8:30 AM08:30

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

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will meet on Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Place Inner Harbor, 511 South Central Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21202.

The purpose of this meeting is to recommend 2019 commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for summer flounder and black sea bass, and review previously implemented 2019 ACLs and ACTs for scup. The Monitoring Committee will also review a recent mesh size study for these three species and may recommend changes to commercial mesh size requirements, in addition to reviewing other commercial measures for this FMP.

Meeting Materials 

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Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

Bluefish Monitoring Committee Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Bluefish Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is for the Monitoring Committee to develop and approve management measures designed to achieve the recommended bluefish catch and landings limits for 2019. Details on the proposed agenda, webinar listen-in access, and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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Aug
30
9:00 AM09:00

River Herring Technical Expert Working Group - Fisheries Subgroup Meeting

The River Herring Technical Expert Working Group's Fisheries Subgroup will meet via webinar on Thursday, August 30, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., to review updates to Data Gaps and Conservation Ideas Summary and discuss identification of specific threats and needed conservation actions. Webinar details will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

Visit the Fisheries Subgroup page for general information about the group and documents from previous meetings.

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Sep
11
9:00 AM09:00
SSC

September 2018 SSC Meeting

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

The Scientific and Statistical Committee will meet September 11 – 12, 2018 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (550 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202). Additional details will be posted on this page prior to the meeting. Please note that the start and end times may change. Check back on this page for the final agenda, updated times, and briefing materials. 

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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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Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) Working Group Meeting / NTAP Meeting

  • Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Working Group (WG) of the Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) and NTAP as a whole will meet on Tuesday, June 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport located on 100 Boardman St., Boston, MA 02128.

Webinar Linkhttp://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/june2018ntap/
Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 1-800-832-0736 Room number: 5068609

The purpose of the WG meeting is to:

  1. review options and recommend preferred research plan for re-obligating industry vessel sea days funds (Nobska),
  2. develop workplan for FY18-20,
  3. define criteria for Bigelow trawl gear performance, and
  4. describe potential flume tank experiments.

The purpose of the NTAP as a whole meeting is to:

  1. review updates on the revised NTAP charter and Bigelow operations,
  2. review, adopt or revise NTAP WG recommendations from last meeting,
  3. review the status of summer flounder catchability and gear performance analyses,
  4. review a briefing on the Bigelow/Albatross time series,
  5. adopt a regular meeting schedule for full NTAP and WG, and
  6. cover other business.

For additional information about the NTAP and details from past meetings, visit http://www.mafmc.org/ntap

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Jun
4
8:00 AM08:00

NOAA Fisheries Mid-Atlantic Community Resilience Workshop

NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Office (GARFO) and Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) will host a collaborative workshop to discuss the challenges and solutions to fishing community resilience within our region, with a focus on the mid-Atlantic states. The workshop will be held June 4, 2018 at the The Grand Hotel (1045 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204; Reservations: 609-884-5611).

The workshop convenes mayors, community leaders, researchers, state and federal agency representatives, and members of the fishing industry. The workshop will strengthen community resilience and improve our understanding of the challenges facing the fishing industry and communities due to changing environmental, regulatory, and economic conditions. 

View the workshop announcement on the GARFO website for additional details and registration information. 

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May
17
8:30 AM08:30

Joint Meeting of the Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee and Advisory Panel (Webinar)

The Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee and Advisory Panel will meet jointly via webinar on Thursday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the meeting is to develop recommendations for the Council regarding modifications to the Atlantic mackerel commercial fishery closure possession limits. Currently no Atlantic mackerel possession is allowed by federally-permitted commercial vessels once 100% of the commercial landings quota is reached. The Council is considering changing the trip limit once 100% of the commercial landings quota is reached. The Council is scheduled to take final action on this issue at its June 2018 Council meeting via a Framework Adjustment to the MSB Fishery Management Plan. 

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-com-ap-2018-01/

To participate, the audio connection is by telephone only. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

Contact Jason Didden at jdidden@mafmc.org or 302-526-5254 if you would like to test your ability to connect to the webinar before the day of the meeting.

Meeting Materials

 

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May
16
1:00 PM13:00

Mackerel Rebuilding Framework FMAT Meeting

The Mackerel Rebuilding Framework Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet via webinar on Wednesday, May 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to review technical work done to date and plan additional analysis tasks.

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

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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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

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

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore – BWI Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel and Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore – BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090; telephone: (410)-859-8400.

The purpose of this meeting is to review development of the chub mackerel amendment and to develop recommendations to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council on management alternatives and other aspects of the amendment. The 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

  1. Agenda
  2. 2018 chub mackerel fishery information document
  3. Memo on chub mackerel assessment and ABCs
  4. MAFMC and GARFO correspondence regarding the chub mackerel management unit
  5. Summary of April 27, 2018 FMAT meeting
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May
14
10:00 AM10:00

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares FMAT Meeting

The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday, May 14, 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to develop alternatives for the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment.

This amendment will consider two issues: 1) excessive shares and 2) FMP goals and objectives. As such, options to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the SCOQ Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) privileges will be considered. In addition, in this action, the goals and objectives for the SCOQ FMP will be reviewed and the Council may consider revisions to those goals and objectives.

Additional information about this action is available on the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Amendment page.

For more information, 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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May
14
9:00 AM09:00

SBRM FMAT/Plan Development Team Conference Call

The Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT)/Plan Development Team (PDT) will meet Monday, May 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

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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Apr
30
to May 3

U.S./E.U. Pelagic Fisheries Workshop

  • Beauport Hotel Gloucester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a workshop in collaboration with the European Union’s Pelagic Advisory Council. The objective of the workshop is to provide a forum for U.S. and European fishermen, managers, and scientists to interact and discuss possible solutions to the complex problems associated with the small-mesh pelagic fisheries in their countries. The workshop will involve a combination of presentations, group discussions, and field trips designed to give participants first-hand knowledge of local fishery operations and issues. Additional information and updates will be posted on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/workshop/us-eu-pelagics-workshop

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Chub Mackerel Amendment FMAT Meeting

The Chub Mackerel Amendment FMAT will meet via webinar on Friday April 27, from 9:00 am to noon. The purpose of this meeting is to develop draft management alternatives for the chub mackerel amendment. 

Contact: Julia Beaty, jbeaty@mafmc.org, 302-526-5250

About FMAT Meetings

FMAT meetings are working meetings of Council, NOAA Fisheries, and (depending on the action) 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. The FMAT 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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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel will meet on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoq2018ap/

The purpose of the meeting is to develop a fishery performance report by the Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel. The intent of this report is to facilitate structured input from the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel members to the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee. Advisors will also receive an update on the clam dredge access framework under development by the New England Fishery Management Council.

Meeting Materials

  1. 2018 Surfclam AP Fishery Information Document
  2. 2018 Quahog AP Fishery Information Document
  3. 2017 Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Performance Report
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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet via webinar on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only audio connection: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-ap-2018/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

The purposes of the meeting include:

  1. To create a Fishery Performance Report by the Council’s Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Advisory Panel. This report facilitates structured input from the Advisory Panel members for the MSB specifications process for the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).
  2. Gather Advisory Panel input regarding rebuilding options and other management measures for Atlantic mackerel, including the river herring and shad catch cap.

Meeting Materials

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Apr
10
to Apr 11

BOEM Offshore Energy Open House (Montauk, NY)

  • Montauk Yacht Club - Vanderbilt Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs will hold an open house during the Mid-Atlantic Council's April 2018 meeting in Montauk, New York to gather feedback on recently proposed commercial offshore renewable energy projects, communication between leaseholders and the fishing community, future leasing, and to solicit public comment on any public notices that may published at the time of these meetings.

Location: Vanderbilt Room at the Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY 11954). 

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

More information regarding public notices will be found here:  https://www.boem.gov/Press-Releases/. Additional details about the Council's April 2018 meeting can be found on the main meeting page at http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/april-2018

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Apr
5
9:30 AM09:30

SBRM FMAT/PDT Conference Call

The Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) FMAT/PDT will meet on Thursday, April 5, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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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Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

Bluefish FMAT Meeting

The Bluefish Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet via conference call/webinar on March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to discuss development of the Bluefish Allocation Amendment. Additional information about this action is available on the Bluefish Allocation Amendment page.

For call-in/webinar information please contact Matt Seeley: mseeley@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5262.

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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Mar
27
9:00 AM09:00

Joint Meeting of the MAFMC Demersal Committee with Subset of ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Demersal Committee will meet jointly with a subset of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 from 9:00 am to noon. The meeting will be held via webinar.

Webinar: The webinar may be accessed at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/sfsbsb2018fw/. The audio portion of the webinar may also be accessed via phone by dialing 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss draft management alternatives for an action which will consider adding the following management options to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan:

  1. Conservation equivalency for the recreational black sea bass fishery,
  2. Transit provisions for Block Island Sound for recreational fisheries for all three species, and
  3. Slot limits for recreational fisheries for all three species.

The two groups will also discuss the possibility of evaluating and modifying recreational management measures based on the annual catch limit, rather than the recreational harvest limit.

Meeting Materials 

 

 

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Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

ACCSP eTrips Training Workshop (Riverhead, NY)

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension - 1st Floor Meeting Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) will host a workshop on SAFIS eTrips on Friday, March 16th in Riverhead, NY. View the announcement for complete details.

  • eTrips/Mobile (tablet version): 10am-12:30pm
  • eTrips online (computer/web-based version): 12:30pm-2:30pm

To register, please call 800-984-0810 and let the helpdesk know you intend on joining the class. Classes will be limited to the first 25 captains who sign up. 

Note: you should have your SAFIS eTrips username and password when you come to the class if you intend to set up your tablet/laptop for reporting. If you do not have a SAFIS account or are unsure, please call the helpdesk at 800-984-0810 prior to the workshop.

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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., to recommend management measures for the blueline and golden tilefish fisheries.

Webinar

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

Meeting Materials

Golden Tilefish

Blueline Tilefish

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

For-Hire eVTR Training Webinar

Webinar URL: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr2018/  
Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public webinar on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to help for-hire vessel operators prepare for upcoming electronic reporting requirements. This webinar will be recorded and made available on the Council’s website for later viewing for those who cannot attend.

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. This action only changes the required method of transmitting VTRs and the submission date; the required data elements and all other existing reporting requirements will not change. This regulation impacts any for-hire vessel holding Federal charter or party permits for Council-managed species, regardless of home port or fishing location. For more information about for-hire electronic reporting requirements, visit the For-Hire eVTR page or review the For-Hire eVTR Q&A summary.

This webinar will provide participants with information on the new requirements and training on select systems in preparation for this action. While all options for electronic reporting will be briefly discussed, the webinar will focus primarily on training for the SAFIS eTrips/mobile system developed by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). Instruction will be led by Rick Bellavance, Owner/Operator of Priority Fishing Charters in Point Judith, Rhode Island, and ACCSP staff.

Registration: Pre-registration is encouraged at www.mafmc.org/for-hire-evtr/. Pre-registration will allow us to assist you with setting up accounts and systems needed to comply with this requirement.

To join the webinar, go to http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr2018/, select “Enter as Guest,” and type your name in the box. Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or you can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.  

Questions? Contact 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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Feb
26
2:30 PM14:30

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Management Framework FMAT Meeting

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Recreational Management Framework Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet on February 26, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., to discuss draft alternatives for the framework and the associated addendum being developed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

For more information about this meeting, contact Julia Beaty, jbeaty@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5250.

For information and updates on this action, visit http://www.mafmc.org/actions/sfsbsb-recreational-management-fw.

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 meeting. This 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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