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October Council Meeting

  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown (map)
  • 21 N. Juniper St.
  • Philadelphia, PA

Briefing Book

Briefing materials are posted on the October 2013 meeting page. Presentations and audio/video recordings will be posted as they are available. 

Webinar

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Agenda

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Monday, October 7

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

.  Executive Committee    

  • Review and revise Implementation Plan

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee

  • Develop Committee recommendations on river herring and/or shad management approach (stock in fishery or other)

Tuesday, October 8

9:00 a.m.  Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Dogfish Specifications

  • Review SSC, Dogfish Monitoring Committee, and Advisory Panel recommendations regarding 2014 harvest levels and associated management measures
  • Adopt recommendations for 2014 harvest levels and associated management measures

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Framework 8 to the Monkfish FMP

  • Review the range of alternatives; consider approval of alternatives for further analysis; measures include the specification of an annual catch target, days‐at‐sea, and trip limits for 2014‐2016, and changes to the permit Category H boundary

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Bluefin Tuna Presentation - Tom Warren, HMS NMFS

  • Overview of Amendment 7 proposed rule 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch 

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish

  • Review Committee recommendations regarding river herring/shad management
  • Adopt a management approach for river herring/shad

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  SAW/SARC 57 Summary - Jim Weinberg, NEFSC

  • Benchmark Assessment review of summer flounder and striped bass

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Update on the Atlantic Wind Connection Project - Kris Ohleth, 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Listening Session - Beth Phelan, NOAA

  • Presentation on Ocean Acidification 

Wednesday, October 9 

9:00 a.m.  Demersal Committee Meeting as a Committee of the Whole with the Atlantic States     Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Bluefish Boards 

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Finalize Summer Flounder Management Measures 

  • Review SSC, Summer Flounder Monitoring Committee, and Advisory Panel recommendations for 2014-2015
  • Adopt recommendations for 2014-2015 commercial and recreational harvest levels and commercial management measures
  • Update on AFMSC activities regarding summer flounder

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Finalize Scup Management Measures 

  • Review SSC, Scup Monitoring Committee, and Advisory Panel recommendations for 2014-2015
  • Adopt recommendations for 2014-2015 commercial and recreational harvest levels and commercial management measures

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Finalize Black Sea Bass Management Measures 

  • Review SSC, Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee, and Advisory Panel recommendations for 2014-2015
  • Adopt recommendations for 2014-2015 commercial and recreational harvest levels and commercial management measures

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Finalize Bluefish Management Measure 

  • Review SSC, Bluefish Monitoring Committee, and Advisory Panel recommendations regarding 2014 harvest levels and associated management measures
  • Adopt recommendations for 2014 harvest levels and associated management measures
  • ASMFC approval of the 2013 Fishery Management Plan Review and the Terms of Reference for the Bluefish stock assessment

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Research Set-Aside Research Priorities

  • Establish Research Priorities for 2015 RSA RFP

Thursday, October 10

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Final Rule for National Standard 2 Guidelines - Jim Weinberg, NEFSC

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Business Session 

  • Approve June and August 2013 minutes
  • Organizational Reports (NMFS Regional Administrator; Update on forms and process for data collection for the surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries; Industry-funded observer coverage; NMFS NEFSC Director; NOAA Office of General Counsel; Federal Enforcement Officials (NMFS and USCG); ASMFC Executive Director)
  • Liaison Reports (South Atlantic Council (September 16-20, 2013); New England Council)
  •  Executive Director's Report - Chris Moore
  • Science Report - Rich Seagraves 
  • Committee Reports
  • Continuing and New Business