October 2016 Council Meeting Agenda

The public is invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's October 2016 meeting to be held October 4-6, 2016 in Galloway, New Jersey. The meeting will be held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel, 401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ 08205, Telephone 609-652-1800.

Webinar: For online access to the meeting, enter as a guest at:  http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/october2016.

Meeting Materials: Briefing documents will be posted at http://ww.mafmc.org/briefing/october-2016 as they become available.


PDF Agenda

Tuesday, October 4th

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

  • Review 2016 and proposed 2017 implementation plans

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. River Herring and Shad Committee Meeting

  • Review updated decision document
  • Develop Committee recommendations on whether to develop an amendment to add RH/S as Council-managed stocks

Wednesday, October 5th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Blueline Tilefish Framework – Meeting 1

  • Review background materials
  • Approve range of alternatives

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Law Enforcement Reports

  • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
  • U.S. Coast Guard

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Spiny Dogfish Specifications

  • Review previously set 2017 specifications and consider any modifications if necessary

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. New Jersey Special Management Zone (SMZ) Consideration

  • Review Monitoring Team Report for SMZ designation of 13 NJ artificial reefs

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. River Herring and Shad Stocks in the Fishery

  • Review committee recommendations
  • Decide whether to develop an amendment to add RH/S as Council-managed stocks

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Council Communication and Outreach Plan

  • Review and discuss draft Communication and Outreach Plan

Thursday, October 6th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Draft Environmental Assessment for Amendment 10 to the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) FMP, Jennifer Cudney – HMS, NMFS

  • Council review and comment

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

  • Organization Reports
    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office
    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    • NOAA Office of General Counsel
    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Liaison Reports
    • New England Council
    • South Atlantic Council
  • Executive Director's Report, Chris Moore
  • Science Report, Rich Seagraves
  • Committee Reports
    • Executive Committee
    • Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel
  • Continuing and New Business

The above agenda items may not be taken in the order in which they appear and are subject to change as necessary.  Other items may be added, but the Council cannot take action on such items even if the item requires emergency action without additional public notice.  Non-emergency matters not contained in this agenda may come before the Council and / or its Committees for discussion, but these matters may not be the subject of formal Council or Committee action during this meeting.  Council and Committee actions will be restricted to the issues specifically listed in this agenda.  Any issues requiring emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act that arise after publication of the Federal Register Notice for this meeting may be acted upon provided that the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.  The meeting may be closed to discuss employment or other internal administrative matters.