The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet on Thursday July 7, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090. A webinar connection will also be available at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/eop_comm_july2016/. See meeting agenda for additional webinar details.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Council’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. This amendment will prohibit the development of new and expansion of existing directed commercial fisheries on unmanaged forage species in Mid-Atlantic Federal waters until the Council has had an adequate opportunity to both assess the scientific information relating to any new or expanded directed fisheries and consider potential impacts to existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the marine ecosystem. At this meeting, the EOP Committee will consider comments received during public hearings on the amendment, as well as recommendations from the EOP Advisory Panel. The EOP Committee will develop recommendations to the full Council for final action on the amendment. The Council plans to take final action on this amendment at their meeting in Virginia Beach on August 8-11, 2016.
Julia Beaty, Fishery Management Specialist - 302-526-5250, firstname.lastname@example.org
This meeting is 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.