The New England Fishery Management Council is hosting two workshops to bring together active fishermen who use bottom-tending mobile and fixed gear to discuss issues related to its Deep-Sea Coral Amendment.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have approved revised specifications for the 2017 black sea bass fishing year as well as specifications for the 2018 fishing year for the Northern black sea bass stock.
Larger fish like striped bass and bluefish are popular with fishermen, but healthy populations of smaller fish and invertebrates form the base of the food web. This video produced by the Chesapeake Bay Program explains what fish are eating to survive in the Chesapeake Bay. Watch the Video >
The Council is seeking a contractor to conduct a Catch Share Program Review of the present and past social and economic conditions in the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries which are managed using individual transferrable quotas (ITQs). Proposal Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applications from qualified individuals to fill vacancies on the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel, Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel, and Surfclam/Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel. Applications are due by February 10, 2017.
The public is invited to attend the Council's February 2017 meeting to be held February 14-16, 2017 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The New England Fishery Management Council has scheduled six scoping hearings in Jan-Feb for an action that could lead to limited access for the skate fisheries.
A review by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences found that MRIP "has yielded impressive progress over the past decade in providing more reliable catch data to fishery managers."
The Council has initiated a framework action to review and modify accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial black sea bass fishery in response to new information indicating that commercial catch in 2015 exceeded the annual catch limit due to higher than anticipated discards.
The following summary highlights actions taken and issues considered at the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s December 2016 meeting in Baltimore, MD. Presentations, briefing materials, and audio recordings are available on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/december-2016.
NOAA Fisheries Announces Final Rule on Mid-Atlantic Council’s Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area
Today, NOAA Fisheries announced publication of the final rule for the Council's action to designate a large offshore protected area for deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic.
In August, about 2400 vessel owners in the Northeast were asked to provide data on 2015 business costs to fill this data gap. The deadline for submitting the information is December 15.
Monday, December 12 — Thursday, December 15, 2016
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, 550 Light St, Baltimore, MD, 21202, Telephone (410) 234-0550
On November 8, 2016, NOAA Fisheries announced a change to the southern and eastern boundaries of the Southern Scup Gear Restricted Area (in effect January 1-March 15), as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. This rule is intended to increase access to traditional squid fishing areas, while maintaining protection for juvenile scup.
The Council will hold public hearings November 15-17, 2016 to gather public comments on a request by the State of New Jersey to designate 13 artificial reef sites as Special Management Zones. Written comments will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.
The following summary highlights actions taken and issues considered at the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s October 2016 meeting in Galloway, New Jersey. Presentations, briefing materials, and audio recordings are available on the Council’s website at www.mafmc.org/briefing/october-2016.
Rick Robins, former Council Chairman, has been named as one of twelve “White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood."
Based on a comprehensive review of existing and planned conservation and management efforts, last week the Council determined that management of river herring and shad (RH/S) through a Council fishery management plan (FMP) is not warranted.
The Government Accountability Office has released a report which examines efforts by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the regional fishery management councils to incorporate climate information into management decisions.