October 2018 Council Meeting in Cape May, New Jersey

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will meet October 1-4, 2018 in Cape May, New Jersey. The meeting will be held at the Congress Hall hotel (200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, Telephone 609-884-8421).

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

Public Comments: Written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 to be included in the Council meeting briefing book. Comments received after this deadline but before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 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/october2018.


Monday, October 1, 2018 - Thursday, October 4, 2018
Congress Hall - 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, Telephone 609-884-8421

Monday, October 1st

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

  • Review 2018 and proposed 2019 implementation plans

  • Develop recommendations for 2019 priorities

Tuesday, October 2nd

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Spiny Dogfish Specifications

  • Develop and approve 2019-2021 specifications

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Annual Update on GARFO/NEFSC Fishery Dependent Data Initiative Project (FDDI), David Gouveia and Barry Clifford, GARFO

  • FDDI overview and update

  • Potential expansion and enhancement of electronic vessel trip reporting

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Risk Assessment

  • Review of Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee (EOP) meeting and recommendations

  • Identify high risk priorities and determine next steps

  • Overview of EOP Committee comments on draft Northeast

  • Regional Ecosystems-Based Fishery Management Implementation Plan

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Risk Policy Framework

  • Update on summer flounder economic Risk Policy analysis (D. Lipton, NEFSC)

  • Discuss next steps on Risk Policy Framework

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

  • Discuss timeline and approach

Wednesday, October 3rd

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Squids and Butterfish Specifications

  • Review 2019-2020 specifications and adopt modifications if needed.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment

  • Review history, pilot electronic monitoring results, and New England actions

  • Discuss next steps

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Illex Amendment

  • Review and approve scoping document

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Chub Mackerel Amendment

  • Review Fishery Management Action Team, Advisory Panel, and Committee recommendations for range of alternatives

  • Review and approve public hearing document

Thursday, October 4th

9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. South East Regional Office (SERO) Party/Charter Reporting Requirement, Rich Malinowski, SERO

  • Presentation on pending electronic reporting requirements for vessels with for-hire South Atlantic federal permits

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. HMS Permits and Law Enforcement Issues, Greg DiDomenico, Garden State Seafood Association

  • Discuss how permits are issued with respect to USCG safety regulations and law enforcement responsibilities of the USCG and NOAA

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Business Session

  • Committee Reports

    • Scientific and Statistical Committee Report

  • Executive Director's Report, Chris Moore

    • Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Framework and addendum on conservation equivalency, Block Island Sound transit, and slot limits - Review and approve modification to alternatives

  • Organization Reports

    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office

    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    • NOAA Office of General Counsel

    • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement

    • US Coast Guard

    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • Liaison Reports

    • New England Council

    • South Atlantic Council

  • Continuing and New Business