April 2018 Council Meeting Agenda

The public is invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's April 2018 meeting to be held April 10-12, 2018 in Montauk, NY. The meeting will be held at the Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY 11954, Telephone 631-668-3100).

Meeting Materials: Briefing documents will be posted at http://ww.mafmc.org/briefing/april-2018 as they become available.

Public Comments: Written comments must be received by Wednesday, March 28 to be included in the Council meeting briefing book. Comments received after this deadline but before Thursday, April 5, 2018 will be posted as “supplemental materials” on the Council meeting web page. After that date, all comments must be submitted using an online comment form available at available at http://www.mafmc.org/public-comment.

Webinar: For online access to the meeting, enter as a guest at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/april2018.


Tuesday, April 10th

1:00 p.m. Council Convenes

1:00 p.m. Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee Meeting as a Committee of the Whole

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Summary of SAW/SARC 64
Jim Weinberg - NEFSC

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Mackerel and Squid Issues

  • Approve range of rebuilding alternatives and identify preliminary preferred alternative (Framework Meeting 1)
  • Consider mackerel closure impacts on Atlantic herring fishery
  • Approve range of 2019-2021 mackerel specifications and identify preliminary preferred alternatives
  • Approve range of 2019-2021 river herring/shad cap measures and identify preliminary preferred alternatives
  • Possible emergency action regarding squid trimester 2 closure

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shortfin Mako Shark
Guy DuBeck – NMFS, Highly Migratory Species Management Division

  • Emergency Interim Final Rule Measures
  • Management options for upcoming amendment

Wednesday, April 11th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Status of the Ecosystem Report Sarah Gaichas - NEFSC

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Blueline Tilefish Specifications

  • Develop and approve 2019-2021 blueline tilefish specifications

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Law Enforcement Report

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

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Golden Tilefish Specifications

  • Review SSC, Advisory Panel, Monitoring Committee, and staff recommendations for 2019 specifications

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Golden Tilefish Permit Issue

  • Discuss permit data and next steps

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Mesh Selectivity Study
Emerson Hasbrouck - Cornell

Thursday, April 12th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

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

  • Committee Reports
    • Scientific and Statistical Committee
  • Executive Director's Report, Chris Moore
    • Develop Comments for South-Atlantic For-Hire Electronic Reporting Amendment
  • 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
    • Regional Planning Body
  • Continuing and New Business