Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet March 13-14, 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will meet March 13-14, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta, 550 Light Street Baltimore, MD, 21202.

This meeting is open to the public and will be accessible via a listen-only webinar.

Agenda items include:

  • Develop blueline tilefish 2019-2021 ABC recommendations
  • Review golden tilefish data and recommend any changes to the previously-implemented ABC for 2019
  • Discuss NEFSC clam dredge survey redesign and provide recommendations
  • Review NEFSC Mid-Atlantic State of the Ecosystem Report and discuss alignment with Council’s Risk Assessment
  • Review and approve the discussion document on coefficients of variation (CVs) for estimates of the overfishing limit (OFL)
  • Other topics: National SCS meeting, SSC Species and Topic leads, and Atlantic mackerel rebuilding

A detailed agenda and briefing materials are available on the Council website at

To join the webinar, go to, select “Enter as Guest,” and type your name in the box. Please note that this is listen-only webinar, meaning that participants must use their computer or the Adobe Connect mobile app to access the meeting using the link above. There is no call-in option. In listen-only mode, webinar attendees are not able to provide comments or participate in any way. 

For additional information contact Brandon Muffley,


The Scientific and Statistical Committee provides ongoing scientific advice for fishery management decisions, including recommendations for acceptable biological catch, preventing overfishing, maximum sustainable yield, and achieving rebuilding targets, and reports on stock status and health, bycatch, habitat status, social and economic impacts of management measures, and sustainability of fishing practices.  The SSC also plays a role in the stock assessment process for Northeast regional fisheries.