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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: 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.