Joint Meeting of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass AP and Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish AP

  • Ocean Place Resort 1 Ocean Boulevard Long Branch, NJ 07740

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel (AP) and its Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish AP will meet on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Ocean Place Resort, 1 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ, 07740; telephone: (732)571-4000. 

The purpose of the meeting is for the two advisory panels to provide input on a framework to modify the scup Gear Restricted Areas (GRAs). The scup GRAs are seasonally-effective areas where vessels fishing for or possessing black sea bass, longfin squid, or silver hake (also known as whiting) are prohibited from using trawl nets with codend mesh smaller than 5.0-inches in diameter. The Council has developed a range of alternatives for potential modifications to the GRA boundaries. The APs will provide feedback on those alternatives and may propose additional alternatives. 

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.