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Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to review recent fishery performance and develop a Fishery Performance Report and/or other recommendations in preparation for review of annual specifications. The Council would like the AP to spend extra time considering trip limits this year. An action to consider modifications to the trip limit is listed on the Council’s “Possible Additions” for deliverables this year, and the Council would like input as it decides how to organize resources for later this year and/or next year.

The meeting will be held via webinar at the following link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfishap2019/ .  Anyone can also attend at the Council office (800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE  19901; telephone:  (302) 674-2331). Please call the Council at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to attend at the Council office.

AP Fishery Information Document

NMFS Science Center Spiny Dogfish Data Update

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Aug
26
9:00 AM09:00

Bluefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Bluefish Advisory Panel will meet via webinar on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Webinar connection information will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop the 2018 Fishery Performance Reports (FPR; produced by the Advisory Panel Members). The intent of this report is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel members for the bluefish specifications processes, including recommendations by the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). In addition to developing the FPR, the AP will also discuss the current status of the Bluefish Amendment. Specifically, the sector based allocations, commercial allocations to the states, the transfer processes, and the FMP goals and objectives.

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Aug
29
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Meeting

The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will meet Thursday, August 29, 2019. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton BWI and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to develop Fishery Performance Reports for all three species and also discuss preliminary results of operational stock assessments for scup and black sea bass if possible.

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Sep
17
9:00 AM09:00

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting

  • Embassy Suites Philadelphia-Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place at the Embassy Suites Philadelphia-Airport, 9000 Bartram Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153; telephone: 215-365-4500.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and provide comments on the Fishery Management Action Team’s recommendations to address potential actions from the Catch Share Program review conducted by Northern Economic, Inc. The input from the AP on this topic will be presented to the Council’s Executive Committee at the October 2019 Council meeting, when the Council discusses its 2020 Implementation Plan.

In addition, the AP will also review and provide input on the public hearing comments from the Excessive Shares Amendment. The Council will collect public comments on the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment during 4 public hearings to be held during a 45-day Public comment period from August 1 to September 14,  2019 (84 FR 31032). The input from the AP on this topic will be presented to the Council at its December 2019 Council meeting, when the Council discusses the final action/approval of the Excessive Shares Amendment. An agenda and background documents will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

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Aug
1
9:00 AM09:00

Tilefish Committee and Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council has committed to funding the first year of a long term golden tilefish fishery independent survey. The first survey will be conducted next year in waters off New York to the Virginia/North Carolina line. This commitment stands with the understanding that the survey will be continued biennially with funding generated through industry involvement.

 The Tilefish Committee and Advisory Panel met via webinar on Thursday, August 1, 2019 to discuss the survey and potential funding options for subsequent surveys.

Meeting Materials

Post-Meeting Documents

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Jul
29
1:30 PM13:30

River Herring and Shad Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s River Herring and Shad (RH/S) Advisory Panel will meet via webinar on Monday, July 29, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The purposes of the meeting are to review the 2019 RH/S Progress Update, review recent related staff and Monitoring Committee work, and provide input regarding possible modifications to the 2020 RH/S Cap for the Atlantic mackerel fishery.

The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only audio connection: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/rhs-ap-2019/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

Meeting Materials

Staff Recommendation Memo

RH/S Update Memo (Including Monitoring Committee Input)

Staff Memo to Monitoring Committee

May 2019 RH/S AP Summary

2019 MSB Fishery Performance Report (see Mackerel Section pages 12-14)

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Jul
29
8:00 AM08:00

Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel Meeting

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) East Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) will meet on Monday, July 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) East Building located at 836 South Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744.

The purpose of this meeting is to: 1) meet the Memorial University Flume Tank staff and receive an overview of the Flume Tank Facility; 2) receive an overview of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center trawl survey; 3) conduct trawl model flume tank experiments of net spread; and 4) determine other trawl model flume tank experiments.

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Jul
23
8:30 AM08:30

Commercial eVTR Industry and Advisory Panel Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a webinar-based meeting with its Advisory Panel members and the public to provide information and gather input regarding an upcoming Council Omnibus Framework action that could require electronic reporting of Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) for all Council-managed commercial fisheries. The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Webinar

The meeting will be held via webinar (http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr_app_overview/) with a telephone audio connection (provided when connecting). Audio only access via conference phone number: 1-800-832-0736, Room Number: 5765379.

Background

The Council is considering requiring electronic reporting of commercial fishery Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs). This action would change the method of transmitting VTRs—the required data elements would not change. Existing regulations requiring that VTRs be completed before arriving at the dock would not change, but the timeline for submitting electronic reports may change. This meeting will provide a review of eVTR applications and gather input from the Council’s commercial fishery advisory panel members and the public in preparation for Council action.

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* Note: The NEFMC has initiated a joint action with the MAFMC to include all NEFMC-managed species. The Councils are working together to update the action timeline, users affected, analyses, and other relevant sections of this document. Updates will be posted as they become available.

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May
20
1:00 PM13:00

Ecosystems and Ocean Planning and River Herring/Shad Joint Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Council’s Ecosystems and Ocean Planning and River Herring/Shad Advisory Panels (APs) will meet jointly via webinar to provide recommendations on the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. This discussion will be followed by a River Herring/Shad AP discussion of recent river herring/shad catch cap performance and related issues.

Webinar Connection

Background Documents

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May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass AP will meet on Friday, May 3 from 10AM-11:30AM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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May
2
12:30 PM12:30

lllex Working Group with Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Advisory Panel and Committee (Webinar)

The Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish (MSB) Committee and MSB Advisory Panel will meet with the Illex working group to help plan the steps needed to advance assessment and management of Illex squid.

Webinar

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Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

Bluefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Bluefish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
23
9:30 AM09:30

Tilefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM via webinar to provide comments on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan. The AP will review preliminary results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey, provide comments on the performance of the 2014-2018 strategic plan, and provide recommendations for priorities for the 2020-2024 plan.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
19
9:30 AM09:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Friday, April 19, 2019 from 9:30AM-12:30PM. The purpose of the meeting is to create the 2019 fishery performance report to provide structured input from the SCOQ AP members to the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Council, for consideration at their May and June 2019 Meetings, respectively. The report is specifically used to contextualize catch histories for the SSC by providing information about fishing effort, market trends, environmental changes, and other factors. In addition, the Advisory Panel will be asked to provide feedback on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan, after reviewing the results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Apr
12
9:00 AM09:00

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

The Council’s Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Friday, April 12. The purposes of the meeting include: 1. To create a Fishery Performance Report, which facilitates structured input from AP members on the MSB specifications process for the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and 2. Gather Advisory Panel feedback on the development of the Council’s 2020-2024 strategic plan, after reviewing the results of a recent strategic planning stakeholder survey. An agenda and background documents will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

Input will be taken first on the strategic plan and then on the MSB fisheries.

Strategic Planning 1-pager

Strategic Planning Presentation and Presentation Recording

MSB Research Priorities

Butterfish Fishery Information Document

Illex Fishery Information Document

Longfin Fishery Information Document

Mackerel Fishery Information Document

Webinar Connection

The webinar can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-ap-2019/.  Telephone instructions are provided upon connecting, or the public can call direct: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.

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Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a joint webinar meeting of their Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panels. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential changes to commercial management measures, including the state-by-state commercial quota allocations managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, federal in-season closure regulations, and other measures. The Council recently initiated an amendment to consider these and other issues; however, they agreed to postpone development of management alternatives until later in the year after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Black Sea Bass Commercial Working Group has made further progress on options for revisions to the state-by-state commercial quota allocations.

Webinar Connection

To join the call, please dial: 1-888-585-9008, followed by the room number: 705-426-714

Please register for the webinar using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6284668124316717836   

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Meeting Materials

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Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

Joint Commercial Advisory Panel Webinar for Commercial eVTR Omnibus Framework Action

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a public webinar meeting of its Advisory Panels (APs) for management plans requiring commercial permits (Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass; Bluefish; Spiny Dogfish; Surfclam and Ocean Quahog; and Tilefish). The purpose of this meeting is for the APs to provide input on the upcoming Commercial Electronic Vessel Trip Report (eVTR) Omnibus Framework and associated topics. The Council will consider feedback provided by the AP at its April 2019 meeting, which will be the first framework meeting for this action.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

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Mar
14
9:30 AM09:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Advisory Panel meeting will meet via webinar on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The purpose of is to provide feedback on the Public Hearing Document for the SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment. More details on the action can be found at: http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Webinar

Meeting Materials

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Mar
1
9:00 AM09:00

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

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 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panels to review and comment on recent stock assessment information for summer flounder, 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 revised 2019 fishery specifications (i.e., catch and landings limits and management measures) for summer flounder as well as expected new specifications for 2020-2021. The AP will also be asked for recommendations on recreational management measures for summer flounder in 2019. The Council and ASMFC will consider input from the AP when adopting 2019-2021 catch and landings limits and 2019 recreational measures for summer flounder.

Webinar Connection

Meeting Materials

Supplemental Materials

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar) - Chub Mackerel Amendment

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel will meet on Friday February 22, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar, which can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/feb2019msbap/. Participants may also connect via telephone by calling 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panel to review public comments and staff recommendations and provide recommendations for preferred alternatives for the Chub Mackerel Amendment. The Council will consider the Advisory Panel recommendations when they take final action on this amendment. This amendment considers adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The amendment includes alternatives regarding catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks “in the fishery.”

Meeting Materials

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Feb
20
9:00 AM09:00

Tilefish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel will meet via webinar on Wednesday, February 20, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to create fishery performance reports for blueline and golden tilefish by the Council’s Tilefish Advisory Panel. The intent of these reports is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel members for the Tilefish specifications processes, including recommendations to the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

Webinar Information

Meeting Materials

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Nov
19
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting via webinar, jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and provide feedback on proposed recreational management measures (e.g., bag limits, size limits, and seasons) and strategies for the recreational summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries in 2019.

The meeting will take place over webinar, which can be accessed at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/sfsbsb_ap_nov2018/. Meeting audio can also be accessed via telephone by dialing 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

Meeting Materials

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

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

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel and Committee will meet on Monday September 24, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held via webinar, which can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/chubapcom2/ Participants may also connect via telephone by calling 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 5068871.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and provide comments on a draft public hearing document for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Chub Mackerel Amendment. This 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.”

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Aug
27
4:30 PM16:30

Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel Meeting (Webinar)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet via webinar on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to review recent fishery performance and develop a Fishery Performance Report and/or other recommendations in preparation for development of annual specifications commencing May 1, 2019.

The meeting will be held via webinar at the following link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfishap2018/. Anyone can also attend at the Council office (800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE  19901; telephone:  (302) 674-2331). Please call the Council at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to attend at the Council office.

The purpose of the meeting is to create a Fishery Performance Report by the Council's Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel.  The intent of the report is to facilitate structured input from the Advisory Panel members into the specifications development process. 

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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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

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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.

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