Jul
28
10:00 am10:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting, jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel. The meeting will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. Details on webinar registration and telephone-only connection are posted below. 

The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panels to review and comment on recent stock assessment information, as well as the reports and recommendations of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee regarding previously implemented fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for 2018 for all three species and possible scup specifications for 2019. The Council and ASMFC will consider input from the AP in August when reviewing these specifications.

Webinar Connection 

http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/fsb_ap_2017/
Audio only connection: (800) 832-0736; conference room number 4472108

Meeting Materials

Supplemental 

All SSC Meeting Materials, including Fishery Information Documents and Fishery Performance Reports

Aug
1
2:00 pm14:00

Webinar on Chub Mackerel in the Diets of Highly Migratory Species

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public webinar meeting on Tuesday August 1, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. The webinar can be accessed at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/chub_hms_diet/. Audio can be accessed through the webinar link or by dialing 1-800-832-0736 and entering meeting room number 5068871.

The goal of this webinar is to understand the importance of Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the diets of highly migratory species (HMS) predators in U.S. waters, with a focus on recreationally-important predators such as large tunas and billfish. The objectives of the meeting are to: 1) convene a panel of scientific experts on HMS diets, 2) clarify what is known about the importance of chub mackerel to HMS diets based on currently available data, and 3) develop recommendations for future studies to quantify the role of chub mackerel in HMS diets. Meeting these objectives will help the Council analyze the potential impacts of chub mackerel management alternatives on HMS predators as well as on recreational fisheries for those predators. The Council is developing chub mackerel management alternatives through an amendment to the Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. More information on the amendment is available at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/chub-mackerel-amendment.

To facilitate productive discussions among the invited experts, public participation during this webinar meeting will be limited to designated question and answer and comment periods. Members of the public are encouraged to email questions for the invited experts to Council staff (jbeaty@mafmc.org) in advance of the meeting.

Documents

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.

Aug
7
Aug 10

August 2017 Council Meeting

  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

The Council will hold its August 2017 meeting August 7 - 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (21 North Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 496-3200). Additional details and briefing materials will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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

Sep
13
Sep 14
SSC

September 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

The SSC will meet September 13-14, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional details will be posted on this page as they become available.

PLEASE NOTE: The start and end times listed above are not final and are subject to change. Final times will be posted on this page along with the meeting agenda approximately four weeks prior to the meeting. Please contact the Council office at (302) 674-2331 if you are booking hotel or travel arrangements before the final start/end times have been posted.

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.

Feb
13
Feb 15

February 2018 Council Meeting – Raleigh, NC

  • Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh/Crabtree Valley

The Council will meet February 13-15, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh/Crabtree Valley, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612, (919) 703-2525. Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

 

Jun
5
Jun 7

June 2018 Council Meeting – Philadelphia, PA

  • Doubletree by Hilton

The Council will meet June 5-7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107-5686, (215) 893-1600. Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

 


Jul
24
1:00 pm13:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee (MC) will meet on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. Details on webinar registration and telephone-only connection details are posted below.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and discuss previously implemented 2018 commercial and recreational Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for these three species and the Monitoring Committee may also recommend potential 2019 ACLs and ACTs for scup. The Monitoring Committee may consider recommending changes to the implemented 2018 ACLs and ACTs and other management measures as necessary.

Meeting Materials 

Agenda and Webinar Information

SSC Report  (All Species)

Summer Flounder

Scup

Black Sea Bass

Jul
24
10:00 am10:00

Bluefish Monitoring Committee Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a Bluefish Monitoring Committee (MC) meeting via webinar for Monday, July 24, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Background information and webinar instructions will be posted on this page about a week before the meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is for the MC to review, and if necessary, revise the current management measures designed to achieve the recommended Atlantic Bluefish catch and landings limit for 2018.

Webinar Connection

http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/bf2017mcmeeting/

Audio only connection: 800-832-0736, room number 5068609

Agenda

Monday, July 24, 2017

  • 10:00 a.m. Convene
    • Review bluefish data update
    • Review SSC recommendations (July 19, 2017 meeting)
    • Revise current management measures designed to achieve the multi-year recommended bluefish catch and landings limits
  • 12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Meeting Materials

Jul
19
Jul 20
SSC

July 2017 SSC Meeting

  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Jul
17
6:00 pm18:00

Scoping Hearing #4: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Berlin, MD)

  • Ocean Pines Branch Library

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

Jul
12
6:30 pm18:30

Scoping Hearing #3: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Cape May, NJ)

  • The Grand Hotel

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

Jul
11
6:30 pm18:30

Scoping Hearing #2: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (WEBINAR)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

 

Jul
11
Jul 12

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

  • Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel

The Council's Demersal Committee will meet jointly with a subset of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board (Board) on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel, 1739 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum, MD 21090; telephone: (410) 694-0808.

The Demersal Committee and members of the Board will meet to review and discuss draft options for management of the commercial summer flounder fishery under the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment, including options for addressing permit capacity and latent effort, commercial allocation, and landings flexibility. The goal of the meeting is to refine the draft range of alternatives and provide additional guidance to staff on adding specificity to the alternatives and analyzing their impacts, prior to additional consideration by the Council and Board at their August 2017 joint meeting.

Meeting Motions

Meeting Materials

Supplemental 

 

 

Jul
10
6:30 pm18:30

Scoping Hearing #1: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Warwick, RI)

  • Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

Jun
28
10:00 am10:00

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

  • Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore –BWI Airport

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel (AP) will meet jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC’s) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass AP on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore –BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090; telephone: (410)-859-8400.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss recent performance of the commercial and recreational fisheries for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass, and develop annual Fishery Performance Reports for these fisheries. The Council and the ASMFC will consider the Fishery Performance Reports later in 2017 when reviewing previously implemented 2018 fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for all three species, and possibly recommending 2019 specifications for scup. The AP will also discuss commercial summer flounder management alternatives under development for the Council and ASMFC’s ongoing Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment.

Meeting Materials

Supplemental Materials

Jun
27
9:00 am09:00

Joint MAFMC and ASMFC Bluefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council and ASMFC will hold a joint bluefish advisory panel meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option. 

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/blue2017ap/

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss recent performance of the commercial and recreational fisheries for Atlantic bluefish. The MAFMC and ASMFC staff will work with advisors to develop the 2017 Fishery Performance Report (FPR). Bluefish performance reports for prior years can be found on this page. The intent of this report is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the AP members for the Atlantic Bluefish specifications process. The FPR will be used by the Council, its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Atlantic Bluefish Monitoring Committee (MC), when reviewing (at future meetings), and if necessary revising, the current measures designed to achieve the recommended Atlantic Bluefish catch and landings limits for 2018. The MAFMC and the ASMFC will consider the Fishery Performance Report in August when reviewing fishery specifications (i.e. catch and landings limits and management measures) for 2018.

Agenda

  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:15 am – 10:35 am Review Advisory Panel Information Document
  • 10:35 am – 12:00 pm Develop Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Performance Report
  • 12:00 pm Adjourn 

Times are approximate and may change based on pace of discussion.

Briefing Materials

Jun
27
Jun 29

NMFS Workshop: Peer Review of a Calibration Model proposed by the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)

  • Sheraton Hotel (Silver Spring, MD)

NMFS is convening a peer review of a Calibration Model proposed by the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) to support its planned transition from a legacy telephone survey to a new mail survey for collecting data needed to estimate marine recreational fishing effort by shore and private/rental boat anglers on the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. The peer review includes reviewers appointed by the Center for Independent Experts (CIE), as well as reviewers selected by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils.

Date and Location: The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. on June 27, 2017 until 12 p.m. on June 29, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910; Phone: 301/589-0800.

Webinar: For listen-only webinar access, go to http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/fes-c-mrip/ and select "Enter as Guest."

Contact: For further information, contact Dr. David Van Voorhees, Chief of Fisheries Statistics Division of NMFS Office of Science and Technology; (301) 427-8189, email: Dave.Van.Voorhees@noaa.gov.

Background

The Marine Recreational Information Program formed a Transition Team in 2015 to plan transitions from legacy survey designs to new, or improved, survey designs for monitoring marine recreational fishing effort and catch. The Transition Team consists of representatives from NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, the interstate fisheries commissions, and several state marine fisheries agencies. The team prepared a transition plan for implementing a new mail survey called the “Fishing Effort Survey” to replace the legacy telephone survey called the “Coastal Household Telephone Survey”. The plan requires development of a calibration model to account for consistent differences between the surveys in their statistical estimates of fishing effort.

The Peer Review Workshop will provide an assessment of the model developed by MRIP for this purpose. The product of the Workshop will be a Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed calibration model. The panel of reviewers will consist of three persons selected by the Center of Independent Experts, and four persons selected by the regional fishery management councils and ASMFC. The Panel will be chaired by an individual also selected by the councils and ASMFC. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at http://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov.

For more information, visit the MRIP Calibration Review Workshop Website.

Jun
19
9:00 am09:00

Chub Mackerel Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) Meeting

The chub mackerel FMAT will meet Monday June 19, 2017 to review scoping comments and discuss alternatives for management measures.

For more information 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.

Jun
2
9:00 am09:00

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish (MSB) Advisory Panel Meeting

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

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

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

May
24
6:30 pm18:30

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #5

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

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Monitoring Committee Meeting

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

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

The purpose of this meeting is to develop recommendations for future MSB specifications. There will be time for public questions and comments. The Council utilizes the Monitoring Committee recommendations at each June Council meeting when setting the subsequent years' MSB specifications. 

May
19
9:00 am09:00

Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee Meeting

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

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

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

Documents

May
17
May 18
SSC

May 2017 SSC Meeting

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

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #3

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

Chub Mackerel Amendment Scoping Hearing #2

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 4th Fl Mtg Rm