The Mid-Atlantic Council approved a suite of management measures for chub mackerel in federal waters from Maine through North Carolina, including a total allowable landings limit, permit requirements, and other measures. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the Chub Mackerel Amendment will add chub mackerel to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.
At their March 2019 meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recommended modifications to the current state-by-state commercial allocations for summer flounder. In addition, the Council and Commission approved revised Fishery Management Plan goals and objectives for summer flounder.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has extended the deadline for members of the public to take the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan Survey. The survey will now be available until March 8, 2019.
NEFMC to Hold Scoping Meetings on Scallop Northern Gulf of Maine, Limited Access General Category Amendment
The New England Fishery Management Council will include scoping meetings in the Mid-Atlantic region to gather public input on the development of Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Thursday, March 7, 2019
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront: 3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Telephone 757-213-3000
As a result of the government shutdown, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council cancelled or postponed a number of meetings. Below is a list of the meetings that were cancelled and rescheduled. We are working to reschedule as many of these meeting as possible. Please check back frequently for updates, as this page is being updated on an ongoing basis.
The following meetings have been RESCHEDULED:
The February 2019 Council Meeting has been rescheduled for March 6-7, 2019.
The Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting has been rescheduled for February 21, 2019.
The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee Meeting has been rescheduled for February 27, 2019.
The Joint Meeting of the MAFMC and ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panels scheduled has been rescheduled for March 1, 2019.
The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel Meeting has been rescheduled for March 14, 2019.
The Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Committee Meeting has been rescheduled for March 14, 2019.
The following meetings have been CANCELLED:
The Northeast Regional Marine Fish Habitat Assessment Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for January 30
The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) meeting scheduled for February 15
Rescheduled meeting dates will be posted on this page and at http://www.mafmc.org/council-events/.
Last Updated 2/4/19
Updated January 29, 2019
The February Council meeting has been rescheduled for March 6-7, 2019 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Telephone 757-213-3000). A detailed agenda and additional details will be posted on this page as they become available.
Updated January 22, 2019
The February Council meeting has been cancelled due to the government shutdown. The Council is considering rescheduling some of the planned agenda items for a shorter meeting tentatively scheduled for March 6 and 7 in Virginia Beach. However, feasibility of this option is highly dependent on when the government reopens. For additional information, please contact Chris Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-526-5255).
Additional information about cancellations of other MAFMC meetings is being posted on an ongoing basis at http://www.mafmc.org/newsfeed/2019/federal-shutdown-effects-on-mafmc-meetings.
The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel is seeking qualified candidates to serve on the panel. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, February 22, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
The Council is seeking public input on the future of fisheries management in the Mid-Atlantic. All interested stakeholders are invited to take a survey and weigh in on how the Council has performed under its existing strategic plan and what issues should be addressed in the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four scoping hearings from February 4 to February 7, 2019 to solicit public input on an amendment to review and consider modifications to both the permitting system for Illex squid and the goals and objectives of the entire Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.
Written Comments due January 18, 2019