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Apr
10
to Apr 11

BOEM Offshore Energy Open House (Montauk, NY)

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BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs will hold an open house during the Mid-Atlantic Council's April 2018 meeting in Montauk, New York to gather feedback on recently proposed commercial offshore renewable energy projects, communication between leaseholders and the fishing community, future leasing, and to solicit public comment on any public notices that may published at the time of these meetings.

Location: Vanderbilt Room at the Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY 11954). 

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

More information regarding public notices will be found here:  https://www.boem.gov/Press-Releases/. Additional details about the Council's April 2018 meeting can be found on the main meeting page at http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/april-2018

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Squid Amendment Public Hearing #6 - Webinar

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid2017/ 

Phone: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#

A listening station will be available at Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607, (757) 247– 2200. 


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Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Squid Amendment Public Hearing #1 - Ocean City, MD

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NOTE: The public hearing document for this amendment is now available HERE (posted 4/19/2017).

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold nine public hearings in April and May 2017 to solicit public input on the Squid Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through 11:59 pm on May 18, 2017.

The amendment considers measures to reduce latent longfin and Illex squid permits. Currently, a relatively small portion of vessels with limited access (“moratorium”) squid permits account for the majority of landings in most years. The Council is concerned that activation of latent permits in the squid fisheries could lead to excessive fishing effort, potentially resulting in shortened seasons and increased catch of non-target species.

The amendment also considers measures to modify the management of longfin squid during Trimester 2 (May-August). The Council is considering this action because there is concern that the productivity of the longfin squid stock may be negatively impacted if excessive fishing in Trimester 2 does not allow sufficient spawning and/or successful egg hatching from egg mops.

Hearing Schedule

  1. April 24, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM:  The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, 12320 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842, 410-213-0144.
  2. April 25, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, ME 04101, 207-775-2311.
  3. April 26, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station, 30 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-282-0308.
  4. May 2, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-8421.
  5. May 3, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, 700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724, 732-544-9300.
  6. May 4, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM: Webinar, http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid2017/  800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.  A listening station will be available at Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607, (757) 247– 2200. 
  7. May 8, 2017, 5:00-8:00 PM:  University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building, 218 Ferry Rd., Narragansett, RI 401-874-6222.
  8. May 9, 2017, 4:30 – 7:00 PM:  Doubletree by Hilton Cape Cod – Hyannis, 287 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis, MA 02601, 508-771-1700.
  9. May 11, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, 431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901, 631-208-0002.

Written Comments

Written comments may be sent through mail, email, fax, or online through 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (please write “Squid Amendment Comments” on the outside of the envelope.)
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at 302-674-5399 (please include “Squid Amendment Comments” in the subject line.)
  • Email to squid@mafmc.org
  • Online at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/squid-amendment-public-comments

Additional information and relevant background documents are available on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/squid-capacity-amendment and in the public hearing document, available HERE

Questions? Please direct any questions about the amendment to Jason Didden (jdidden@mafmc.org, 302-526-5254).

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Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Public Information Meeting – Spiny Dogfish Trip Limits

The Council will hold a public information meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to gather input on the likely impacts of alternative spiny dogfish trip limits. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option (you will need to call on the phone to participate).

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogtriplimits2016/

**The only way to participate/talk is to call into the webinar on the phone**  Phone connection information pops up when you join the webinar.  If folks happen to be away from their computer at the meeting time, you can also call in directly:  800-832-0736RM: *7833942#

Background: For 2016-2018 specifications, the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils took no action on the spiny dogfish trip limit, which would maintain the current 5,000 pound trip limit.  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has requested that the trip limit be increased to 6,000 pounds (http://www.mafmc.org/s/2016_Spiny-Dogfish-to-GARFO_trip-limits-REB-edits_AH-2.pdf), and this webinar-based meeting will gather public input on the potential impacts of changing the spiny dogfish trip limit.

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.

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

SAFMC: Public Hearing Webinar on For-Hire Reporting Amendment

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing webinar on February 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to gather public input on a proposed Atlantic Generic Charter/For-Hire Reporting Amendment. Meeting materials and a complete schedule of public hearings is available on the SAMFC website at http://safmc.net/meetings/public-hearing-and-scoping-meeting-schedule.

Click HERE to Register for the Webinar

The Atlantic Generic Charter/For-Hire Reporting Amendment will effect the fishery management plans for Snapper Grouper, Atlantic Dolphin Wahoo and Coastal Migratory Pelagic fisheries. The amendment includes actions to require mandatory electronic reporting for charter (six-pack) vessels and modifies existing reporting requirements for . The reporting requirements would affect vessels involved in the South Atlantic Snapper Grouper fishery, Dolphin Wahoo fishery, and Coastal Migratory Pelagic fishery along the Atlantic coast.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

NEFMC Scoping Hearing for Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery - Montauk, NY

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The New England Fishery Management Council is conducting public hearings to solicit comments on developing Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery.  A hearing will be held on December 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation (240 Edgemere St. Montauk, New York 11954; Phone: 631-668-1124).

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Background

The purpose of this action is to implement measures that would prevent unrestrained increases in fishing effort by new entrants to the fishery. The need for the amendment is to reduce the potential for a rapid escalation of the small-mesh multispecies fishery, possibly causing overfishing and having a negative effect on red hake and whiting markets, both outcomes having negative effects on fishery participants.

Through limited access criteria and measures that would apply to qualifying and non-qualifying vessels, the amendment is intended to help ensure that catches of the small-mesh multispecies and other non-target species will be at or below specifications, reducing the potential for causing accountability measures to be triggered and resulting closure of the directed fishery. Three types of measures listed below could be considered. The scoping document includes a list of questions to consider when commenting for each of the following:

  1. Limited access qualification criteria that would determine whether vessels may target small-mesh multispecies;
  2. Limited access permit characteristics and conditions; and
  3. Permit categories and associated measures.

Addressing this purpose and need requires the development of an amendment to the FMP to fully consider and analyze an appropriate range of management alternatives. The Council is seeking comments and input from the public on this specific issue. The hearings are being held by the Council in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

A scoping document is available on the New England Council’s website (http://www.nefmc.org/management-plans/smallmesh-multispecies) or may be obtained by contacting the New England Council office at (978) 465-0492.

Written Comments

Members of the public may submit oral and/or written comments at any public hearings or submit written comments directly to the New England Fishery Management Council. Written comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Written comments should be sent to:

Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director
New England Fishery Management Council
50 Water Street, Mill 2
Newburyport, MA 01950;
Fax (978) 465–3116.
Email: comments@nefmc.org

Please note on your correspondence; “Small-Mesh Multispecies Amendment 22 Scoping Comments.”

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Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

NEFMC Scoping Hearing for Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery

The New England Fishery Management Council is conducting public hearings to solicit comments on developing Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery.  A webinar hearing will be held on December 17, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Webinar Details

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Background

The purpose of this action is to implement measures that would prevent unrestrained increases in fishing effort by new entrants to the fishery. The need for the amendment is to reduce the potential for a rapid escalation of the small-mesh multispecies fishery, possibly causing overfishing and having a negative effect on red hake and whiting markets, both outcomes having negative effects on fishery participants.

Through limited access criteria and measures that would apply to qualifying and non-qualifying vessels, the amendment is intended to help ensure that catches of the small-mesh multispecies and other non-target species will be at or below specifications, reducing the potential for causing accountability measures to be triggered and resulting closure of the directed fishery. Three types of measures listed below could be considered. The scoping document includes a list of questions to consider when commenting for each of the following:

  1. Limited access qualification criteria that would determine whether vessels may target small-mesh multispecies;
  2. Limited access permit characteristics and conditions; and
  3. Permit categories and associated measures.

Addressing this purpose and need requires the development of an amendment to the FMP to fully consider and analyze an appropriate range of management alternatives. The Council is seeking comments and input from the public on this specific issue. The hearings are being held by the Council in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

A scoping document is available on the New England Council’s website (http://www.nefmc.org/management-plans/smallmesh-multispecies) or may be obtained by contacting the New England Council office at (978) 465-0492.

Written Comments

Members of the public may submit oral and/or written comments at any public hearings or submit written comments directly to the New England Fishery Management Council. Written comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Written comments should be sent to:

Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director
New England Fishery Management Council
50 Water Street, Mill 2
Newburyport, MA 01950;
Fax (978) 465–3116.
Email: comments@nefmc.org

Please note on your correspondence; “Small-Mesh Multispecies Amendment 22 Scoping Comments.”

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Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Spiny Dogfish Public Information Webinar

The Council will host a public information webinar on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6 p.m. to gather public perspectives on spiny dogfish management. The results of this meeting will be summarized for the Council when it meets in October 2015 to set spiny dogfish specifications and associated management measures.

Earlier on the same day, the Council's Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will meet to develop spiny dogfish management measure recommendations for 2016-2018 based on the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) recommendations of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). A summary of current spiny dogfish management is available here

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfish2015/

Contact Jason Didden at 302-526-5254 if you have questions about using a webinar to participate in a meeting.

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.

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Jan
12
to Jan 20

Deep Sea Corals Public Hearings

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold six public hearings in January to gather public comments on the Deep Sea Corals Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The amendment considers measures to address the potential impacts of fishing gear on deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. The hearings will be held January 12 – 20, 2015, and written comments will be accepted until January 28, 2015. Click here for additional details.

Public Hearing Schedule

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows:

  • Monday, January 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, 451 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901, telephone: (631) 208–0002;
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204, telephone: (609) 884–5611;
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005, telephone: (202) 737–2200;
  • Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451, telephone: (866) 460–7456;
  • Friday, January 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD 21811, telephone: (410) 208– 4014;
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Internet webinar.
    Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/corals-hearing/:  Audio: 800-832-0736, Room number 4472108. 
    NOTE: If you have difficulties joining the webinar using the link above, please use this link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/corals-hearing-2/

These public hearings are accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to Kathy Collins, (302) 526-5253, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Written Comments

  • Written comments will be accepted until January 28, 2015. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:
  • Email to the following address: kdancy@mafmc.org; Include ‘‘Deep Sea Corals Amendment Comments’’ in the subject line;
  • Mail or hand deliver to Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Deep Sea Corals Amendment Comments’’;
  • Fax to (302) 674–5399; or
  • Online at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/deep-sea-corals.

Contact

For more information, contact Kiley Dancy, kdancy@mafmc.org

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Sep
29
to Oct 22

Summer Flounder Amendment Scoping Hearings

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment. Hearings will be held September 29 – October 22 in coastal states from Massachusetts to North Carolina. 

In addition to providing comments at any of the fourteen scheduled scoping hearings, you may submit written comments through an online form, by email, or by mail (click here for complete instructions). Deadline: 11:59 PM, EST, October 31, 2014

Contacts

Kirby Rootes-Murdy, FMP Coordinator, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission 
Krootes-murdy@asmfc.org, 703.842.0740

Kiley Dancy, FMP Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council 
kdancy@mafmc.org, 302.526.5257

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Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Public Meeting on Dogfish Trip Limits

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a public information meeting via webinar to gather fishery industry perspectives on the likely impacts of alternative spiny dogfish trip limits.

Webinar link:  http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfish/  

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) has formally recommended maintaining existing (4,000 lb) federal spiny dogfish trip limits for the 2014 and 2015 fishing years, while the New England Fishery Management Council has recommended eliminating federal trip limits for this fishery.  In order to fully inform the impact analysis being prepared by the MAFMC and its development of comments during pending rulemaking, the MAFMC is holding a webinar to collect industry perspectives on the likely operational and economic impacts of existing and alternative spiny dogfish trip limit options for this fishery.

A listening station will also be available at the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Office. Address: 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.  

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Aug
14
4:00 PM16:00

SAFMC Public Hearing

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The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing on August 14 in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's August meeting. The SAFMC amendments to be covered at this hearing include Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendments 19, 20 & Framework action; Dolphin/Wahoo Amendment 5; and the Generic Dealer Amendment. 

Additional information about the amendments and how to submit comments is available on the South Atlantic Council's Public Hearing Page

Amendment Overview

Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 14

The draft regulatory amendment addresses proposed changes for species within the snapper grouper management complex including greater amberjack, gag grouper, vermilion snapper, and black sea bass. 

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 5

The draft amendment includes minor revisions to the acceptable biological catch, annual catch limits, and other management parameters for dolphin and wahoo to incorporate updates to the Marine Recreational Information Program.  Additionally, the amendment includes measures for revising the framework procedure for dolphin and wahoo, and establishment of commercial trip limits for dolphin.

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Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel) Amendments 19, 20 and Framework

Three draft amendments affecting fisheries for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia are being developed jointly by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  Issues include: the sale of bag limit king mackerel and Spanish mackerel (including tournament sale of king mackerel); elimination of inactive king mackerel permits; modifications to income requirements for federal permits; transit provisions; annual catch limits and targets for cobia; transfer at sea and gillnet allowances for Spanish mackerel; trip limits for king mackerel; and consideration of regional annual catch limits for king mackerel and Spanish mackerel.

Coral Amendment 8

The amendment includes alternatives for expanding protection of of Deepwater Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) and transit provisions through the Oculina Bank HAPC located off the central east coast of Florida.

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Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Fishermen's Meeting- Squid Management

Meeting Information

The Council will hold public meetings in Narragansett, Rhode Island (RI) and Cape May, New Jersey (NJ) to get public input on potential changes to squid (longfin and Illex) assessment and management. 

In January 2013, the Council held a workshop on squid    (longfin and Illex) assessment and management.  The workshop brought fishermen, managers, and academics together to discuss potential ways to make squid management more responsive to current conditions.  A summary and additional materials from the workshop are available at: http://www.mafmc.org/workshop/squid-management-workshop-january-2013.  

Several recommendations came out of the workshop, including getting additional input from fishermen in convenient locations.  These meetings address that recommendation and will solicit input from attendees on all of the potential ways to improve squid assessment and management that were recommended at the workshop.  For more information, contact Jason Didden

Meeting Date and Location

The Narragansett, RI meeting will be on May 22, 2013 from 10 am to approximately noon, but may go later if necessary.  The Cape May, NJ meeting will be on June 5, 2013 from 7 pm to approximately 9 pm but may go later if necessary.   

The Narragansett, Rhode Island meeting will be held at Superior Trawl, 55 State Street, Narragansett, RI 02882.  (401) 263-3671.  The Cape May, New Jersey meeting will be held at the Congress Hall Hotel, 29 Perry St, Cape May, NJ 08204 (888) 944-1816. 

Special Accommodations:

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders at the Mid-Atlantic Council Office (302) 526-5251 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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May
22
10:00 AM10:00

Fishermen's Meeting- Squid Management

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Meeting Information

The Council will hold public meetings in Narragansett, Rhode Island (RI) and Cape May, New Jersey (NJ) to get public input on potential changes to squid (longfin and Illex) assessment and management. 

In January 2013, the Council held a workshop on squid    (longfin and Illex) assessment and management.  The workshop brought fishermen, managers, and academics together to discuss potential ways to make squid management more responsive to current conditions.  A summary and additional materials from the workshop are available at: http://www.mafmc.org/workshop/squid-management-workshop-january-2013.  

Several recommendations came out of the workshop, including getting additional input from fishermen in convenient locations.  These meetings address that recommendation and will solicit input from attendees on all of the potential ways to improve squid assessment and management that were recommended at the workshop.  For more information, contact Jason Didden

Meeting Date and Location

The Narragansett, RI meeting will be on May 22, 2013 from 10 am to approximately noon, but may go later if necessary.  The Cape May, NJ meeting will be on June 5, 2013 from 7 pm to approximately 9 pm but may go later if necessary.   

The Narragansett, Rhode Island meeting will be held at Superior Trawl, 55 State Street, Narragansett, RI 02882.  (401) 263-3671.  The Cape May, New Jersey meeting will be held at the Congress Hall Hotel, 29 Perry St, Cape May, NJ 08204 (888) 944-1816. 

Special Accommodations:

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders at the Mid-Atlantic Council Office (302) 526-5251 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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