Filtering by: Surfclams and Ocean Quahogs
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares FMAT Meeting

The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to develop alternatives for the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment.

This amendment will consider two issues: 1) excessive shares and 2) FMP goals and objectives. As such, options to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the SCOQ Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) privileges will be considered. In addition, in this action, the goals and objectives for the SCOQ FMP will be reviewed and the Council may consider revisions to those goals and objectives.

Additional information about this action is available on the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Amendment page.

For more information, contact José Montañez: jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

About FMAT Meetings

FMAT meetings are working meetings of Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. The Council typically posts announcements of FMAT meetings to the calendar on the Council’s website, sometimes with very little notice. Detailed agendas and information on the meeting location and how to connect via phone or webinar (if available) are not posted but may be obtained by contacting Council staff prior to the meeting. FMAT members may discuss topics listed on the agenda in any order and may also discuss topics not listed. Members of the public may attend FMAT meetings, or listen to the meetings if they are broadcast, but should not expect to participate in the discussion unless the FMAT chair invites public input during a specified public comment period to be noted at the beginning of the meeting. Work carried out by the FMAT is considered during committee and/or Council meetings, during which public comments are encouraged.

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Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment FMAT Meeting

The Council's Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will meet in Providence, Rhode Island on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The FMAT will review comments on goals and objectives and develop a draft of goals and objectives for the Council to review at the October Council Meeting.

Additional information about this action is available on the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Amendment page.

Contact José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

About FMAT Meetings

FMAT meetings are working meetings of Council, NOAA Fisheries, and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission staff. The Council typically posts announcements of FMAT meetings to the calendar on the Council’s website, sometimes with very little notice. Detailed agendas and information on the meeting location and how to connect via phone or webinar (if available) are not posted but may be obtained by contacting Council staff prior to the meeting. FMAT members may discuss topics listed on the agenda in any order and may also discuss topics not listed. Members of the public may attend FMAT meetings, or listen to the meetings if they are broadcast, but should not expect to participate in the discussion unless the FMAT chair invites public input during a specified public comment period to be noted at the beginning of the meeting. Work carried out by the FMAT is considered during committee and/or Council meetings, during which public comments are encouraged.

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Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Scoping Hearing #4: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Berlin, MD)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Scoping Hearing #3: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Cape May, NJ)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Scoping Hearing #2: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (WEBINAR)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

 

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Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Scoping Hearing #1: Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment (Warwick, RI)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings in July 2017 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog (SCOQ) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through July 21, 2017.

The objectives of this amendment are to (1) implement measures that specifically define what constitutes an excessive share in the SCOQ Individual Fishing Quota (ITQ) program, and (2) review and if necessary revise goals and objectives in the FMP. During the scoping comment period, which will include scoping meetings, the public may provide comments on the range of issues and information that should be considered, including comments related to the excessive shares issue in the SCOQ ITQ fisheries and goals and objectives of the FMP, as well as any other issues that might be of concern regarding to the management of the SCOQ ITQ fishery. 

Additional information is available in the scoping guide for this action, which will be available by June 19, 2017 on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment.

Scoping Schedule

Public scoping hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Monday July 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Telephone: (401) 734-9600.
  2. Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Webinar. Audio and visual access will be available at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqexcessshare/. The webinar can also be accessed via phone by calling 1-800-832-0736, room #9294759. Members of the public may also attend in-person at the Council office (800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901) if they contact the Council by July 7, 2017.
  3. Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone: (609) 884-5611.
  4. Monday July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Branch Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Telephone: (410) 208-4014.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on July 21, 2017. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment-scoping  
  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org
  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901
  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399

Please include “SQOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Council's Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel (AP) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Airport, 9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19153; telephone: (215)-365-4500. 

The purpose of the meeting is to create a fishery performance report to provide structured input from the SCOQ Advisory Panel members to the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Council, for consideration at their May and June Meetings, respectively. The Council will consider setting 2018-2020 specifications for both species in June. 

Meeting Materials


 

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May
2
1:30 PM13:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel will meet via webinar on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Webinar link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/april2016scoq/

The purpose of the meeting is to develop a fishery performance report by the Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel. The intent of this report is to facilitate structured input from the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel members to the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) on setting catch and landings limits for 2017-2018, changes that may be occurring in the fisheries, and other fishery-related issues.

Meeting Materials

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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Apr
1
3:00 PM15:00

MSC Evaluation of the U.S. Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery

The following is a non-MAFMC event that may be of interest to the Council's stakeholders. For more information please see the contact information at the bottom of the post. Please click here to open the original announcement (PDF).

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) process for independently evaluating the fishery above is moving forward in the Assessment Process. The assessment team from SCS Global Services will be conducting a meeting in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, on April 1, 2016.

There will be an open stakeholder meeting scheduled from 3:00-5:00pm, Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Falmouth . Please register your interest to ensure you receive important updates on meeting time and location.

SCS invites all stakeholders to meet with the team and bring forth any issues or concerns about the certification of this fishery. The meeting will include participants such as fishermen, fishery managers, scientists and stakeholders to gain a full understanding of the current state of the fishery.

Stakeholder input is an integral part of a thorough MSC assessment. This notice is to advise any parties (individuals or organizations) interested in providing input through attendance of the on-site stakeholder meeting, or otherwise, to contact SCS and provide:

  • your name and contact details;
  • your association with the fishery; and
  • the issues you would like to discuss (in order for us to arrange appropriate representation).

As a reminder, information is most useful to the assessment team when it is specific and includes constructive suggestions for improving existing situations. Also, supporting documentary evidence for any issues of concern will be greatly appreciated by the assessment team.

Please contact SCS by 1700 GMT March 21, 2016 to register interest.

Information on the MSC standard for well-managed and sustainable fisheries is available at www.msc.org. More information about the US Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog fishery assessment can be found here: https://www.msc.org/track-a-fishery/fisheries-in-the-program/in-assessment/north-east-atlantic/us-atlanticsurfclam-and-ocean-quahog/us-atlantic-surfclam-and-ocean-quahog?searchterm=us+surfclam  

Contact Details:

Mrs. Jennifer Humberstone
SCS Global Services, Inc. 
2000 Powell St., Suite 600
Emeryville, CA 94608
Office: 510.452.6396 (USA) 
Fax at: 510.452.6884 (USA) 
Email at: jhumberstone@scsglobalservices.com

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Apr
13
1:30 PM13:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting via webinar on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop a fishery performance report for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries. The intent of this report is to facilitate structured input from the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel members to the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

Meeting Materials

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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Apr
23
9:00 AM09:00

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Webinar

The Council's Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel will meet via webinar on April 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

The purpose of this meeting is for the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel to develop a fishery performance report. Fishery performance reports are intended to facilitate structured input from advisory panels to the Council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

Meeting Materials

For more information about the meeting, contact Jessica Coakley at jcoakley@mafmc.org or (302) 525-5252.

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Mar
4
9:00 AM09:00

Amendment 17 to Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Plan FMAT Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 4 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The meeting will be held via webinar.

Webinarhttp://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/scoqfmat/

If you do not have access to a computer, and want to connect to audio only, call 1-800-832-0736 and enter the conference room number 9294759.

Documents

  1. Agenda
  2. Cost Recovery Amendment Action Plan
  3. Kurkul Initial Letter on ITQ Cost Recovery
    February 27, 2006
  4. 2012 Tilefish IFQ Fee Annual Report 
    June 2013
  5. Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Essential Fish Habitat
  6. Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Memo 
    August 2013
  7. Framework 7 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan
  8. Tilefish Amendment 1 FEIS 
    December 2008
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