The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet via webinar on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Council’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. The Committee will develop recommendations for the full Council to consider at their February 2016 meeting. This amendment will prohibit the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries on unmanaged forage species in Mid-Atlantic Federal waters until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability. The Committee will consider advice from the Unmanaged Forage Fishery Management Action Team and recommendations from the Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel before developing recommendations for a draft list of unmanaged forage species to include in the amendment. The Committee will also discuss and may develop recommendations for a draft range of alternatives for analysis, a draft purpose and need statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, and other aspects of the amendment.
- Draft Agenda (updated 1/19/16)
- Briefing materials
- List of species for consideration for possible inclusion in the amendment (Excel spreadsheet)
- Summary of January 11, 2016 EOP AP meeting
- Unmanaged Forage Amendment Comments
- Forage Presentation
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.