August Council Meeting

  • Double Tree by Hilton Wilmington 4727 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE

Meeting Agenda

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Tuesday, August 13

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Research Set-Aside Committee

Pate, Gilmore, Batsavage, Beal, Deem, DiLernia, Himchak, Michels, Nolan, Young, Zeman [Seagraves/Collins]

  • Develop research recommendations for 2015
  • Discuss Council policy for future RSA research prioritization and RFP development

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee with Advisors

(Elliott, McMurray, Anderson, Beal, Deem, DiLernia, Linhard, Luisi, Nolan, O'Reilly, Saunders, Young, Zeman [Dancy]

  • Review and approve Deep Sea Coral alternatives for Public Hearing

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Listening Session - Dr. Jeremy Firestone, University of Delaware

  • Mid-Atlantic ocean wind power and fisheries

Wednesday, August 14

9:00 a.m.

Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Swearing in of New / Reappointed Council Members and Election of Council Officers

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Strategic Plan

  • Review public comments and approve
  • Discuss development of an implementation plan

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Deep Sea Coral Amendment

  • Review Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee actions
  • Approval of alternatives for public hearings

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Omnibus Baseline Amendment

  • Update on NMFS actions on NE vessel replacement restrictions

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog

  • Discuss possible approaches to update Biological Reference Point's and Optimum Yield range

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Butterfish Research

  • Results of butterfish and longfin squid bio-economic research from recent Duke and University of Delaware graduate students

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SAFMC Public Hearing - Generic Dealer Amendment, Amendment 5 to Dolphin/Wahoo, Amendment 19 and 20 Joint Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP), Framework to CMP

Thursday, August 15

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Business Session

  • Approve June 2013 minutes

Organizational Reports

  • NMFS Regional Administrator
  • NMFS NEFSC Director
  • NOAA Office of General Counsel
  • Federal Enforcement Officials (NMFS and USCG)
  • Presentation on Enforceability Precepts for Northeast Regional Fishery Management Councils
  • ASMFC Executive Director

Liaison Reports

  • New England Council
  • South Atlantic Council

Executive Director's Report - Chris Moore

Science Report - Rich Seagraves

Committee Reports

Continuing and New Business

  • SSC Nominations