Monitoring Committees


Each of the Council’s fishery management plans (FMPs) has a Monitoring Committee which is responsible for annually reviewing the best available data and recommending commercial and recreational measures designed to assure that the target mortality level for each fishery managed under the FMP is not exceeded.  The Council and its Committees consider Monitoring Committee recommendations (along with input from the SSC, advisory panels, and the public) during the annual specification-setting process for each fishery.

Monitoring Committees consider a wide range of data, including commercial and recreational catch/landing statistics, current estimates of fishing mortality, stock status, the most recent estimates of recruitment, VPA results or length-based stock projection models, target mortality levels, beneficial impacts of size/mesh regulations, as well as the level of noncompliance by fishermen or states.


Monitoring Committees always include staff representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Greater Atlantic Regional Office, and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Other members may include staff from the New England and/or South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and state management agencies, as well as industry representatives involved in the affected fishery. The MAFMC Executive Director or his designee serves as chair the Committee. 

Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish

  • Jason Didden, MAFMC
  • Carly Bari, GARFO
  • Jay Hermsen, GARFO
  • Lisa Hendrickson, NEFSC
  • Charles Adams, NEFSC
  • Kiersten Curti, NEFSC 

Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass

  • Julia Beaty, MAFMC
  • Mike Bednarski, MA DMF
  • Peter Clarke, NJ Div of Fish and Wildlife
  • Kiley Dancy, MAFMC
  • Steve Doctor, MD DNR
  • Emily Gilbert, NOAA/NMFS
  • Moira Kelly, NOAA/NMFS
  • Wilson Laney, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Katie May Laumann, VA Marine Resources Commission
  • John Maniscalco, NY DEC, Marine Fisheries
  • Jason McNamee, RI Div of Fish and Wildlife
  • Kirby Rootes-Murdy, ASMFC
  • Mark Terceiro, NMFS/NEFSC
  • Gregg Waugh, SAFMC
  • Todd VanMiddlesworth, NC Div Marine Fisheries
  • Greg Wojcik, CT DEP
  • Rich Wong, DE Div of Fish and Wildlife


  • José Montanez, MAFMC
  • Max Appelman, ASMFC
  • Kurt Gottschall, CT Bureau of Marine Fisheries
  • Nicole Lengyel, RI Div of Fish and Wildlife
  • John Maniscalco, NY DEC, Marine Fisheries
  • Michael Celestino, NJ Div of Fish and Wildlife
  • Eric Durrell, MD DNR
  • Beth Egbert, NC Div Marine Fisheries
  • Wilson Laney, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Anthony Wood, NMFS/NEFSC
  • Elizabeth Scheimer, NOAA/NMFS
  • Gregg Waugh, SAFMC
  • Mike Bednarski, MA DMF
  • James Gartland, VIMS
  • Richard Wong, DNREC

Spiny Dogfish

  • Jason Didden, MAFMC
  • Fiona Hogan, NEFMC
  • Kathy Sosebee, NEFSC
  • Willie Whitmore, GARFO
  • Dan McKiernan, Massachusetts Div. of Marine Fisheries
  • Dr. Jack Musick, VIMS
  • Angel Willey, MD Dept. of Natural Resource
  • Eric Schneider, Rhode Island Div. of Fish & Wildlife
  • Beth Egbert, NC Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Chris Hickman*
  • Claire Fitzgerald*

*Non-voting, ex-officio industry representatives


  • José Montanez, MAFMC
  • Douglas Potts , GARFO
  • Stephen Heins, NYSDEC Div of Marine Resources
  • Dan Farnham, NY Fisherman
  • Paul Nitschke, NEFSC
  • Jeff Brust, NJ Div of Fish and Wildlife