February 11 - 13 Council Meeting in New Bern, NC

February 11 - 13, 2014 - New Bern, North Carolina

Doubletree by Hilton Riverfront- New Bern, NC
100 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560
Telephone: 252-638 3585


Briefing Book



Tuesday, February 11

9:00 a.m.  Council convenes

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.        Climate Change and Fishery Science Workshop
The purpose of the workshop is to inform the Council about the state of climate science relative to prediction of climate change and the expected ecosystem impacts/changes which may occur over the next two decades.  Workshop outcomes will help the Council in the development of an adaptive fishery management framework that will effectively deal with ecosystem responses related to climate change.

Wednesday, February 12 

9:00 a.m. Council convenes 

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish as a Committee of the Whole

  • Slippage Framework (Framework Meeting 2 - action to minimize slippage events on observed mackerel trips)
  • Omnibus Observer Funding Amendment (review purpose, goals, and preliminary alternatives)

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Ricks E Savage Award

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 p.m.  Council convenes 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) Framework
Tier 2 assessment revisions, multiyear issues, automatic incorporation of new reference points

  • Framework Meeting 1

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.        Framework 8 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Plan - Scup Gear Restricted Areas (GRAs)

  • Framework Meeting 1
  • Review data/analyses on the current Northern and Southern GRAs
  • Consider options to maintain, modify, or remove the current GRAs

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Amendment (Cancelled)
Doug Potts, NMFS 

  • Approve Amendment for submission

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Data Portal Presentation
Kevin St. Martin, Rutgers

  • Review project goals, methods and illustrative draft maps of Mid-Atlantic fishing activity summarized by port and gear groups
  • Provide advice to MARCO Portal team on best approaches and opportunities for engaging fishermen to review, discuss and improve project data and maps

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Public Hearing South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 1 - This amendment will update the Annual Catch Limits (ACL) for Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel and Gulf migratory group Spanish mackerel based on the recent stock assessment and new ABC recommendations from the Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs).  

Thursday, February 13

8:30 a.m. - 09:00 a.m.    Monkfish Framework 8

  • Approve final measurements which include: 
  • 2014‐2016 ABC/Annual Catch Target (ACT), Days‐at‐Sea, and Trip Limits 
  • Northern boundary for Permit Category H vessels

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Business Session

  • Organizational Reports
    • NMFS Regional Administrator
    • NMFS NEFSC Director
    • NOAA Office of General Counsel
    • Federal Enforcement Officials (NMFS and USCG)
    • ASMFC Executive Director
  • Liaison Reports 
    • New England Council (January 28-30, 2014)
    • South Atlantic Council
  • Executive Director's Report - Chris Moore
  • Science Report - Rich Seagraves
  • Committee Reports
  • Continuing and New Business