The Council is seeking public comments on its Draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Two webinars will be held in November for the public to provide comments, and written comments may be submitted until Friday, November 15.
This summary highlights actions taken and issues considered at the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s October 2019 meeting in Durham, NC.
Monday, October 7, 2019 - Thursday, October 10, 2019
Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701, Telephone 919-956-9404
The Council's Spiny Dogfish AP will meet via webinar on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The following was released by NOAA Fisheries:
Based on updated information, we increased the commercial Illex squid quota by 8-percent for 2019. We also maintained the previously approved 2019 annual quotas for longfin squid and butterfish by continuing the existing longfin squid quota, and increasing the butterfish commercial quota by 66 percent.
The increased 2019 Illex quota is based on an evaluation that similar historic catch has not harmed the stock. As new information becomes available, we may revise the proposed quotas for future fishing years.
Read the final rule that filed today in the Federal Register and the bulletin posted on our website. Supporting documents for this rule are available on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s website.
Fishermen: Contact Doug Christel, Sustainable Fisheries, 978-281-9141
Media: Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175
The Council will hold a webinar on Tuesday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m. to provide an update on the Commercial eVTR Framework and to review the available eVTR applications. This action could require electronic submission of Vessel Trip Reports (VTRs) for commercial permit holders. Participants will also have an opportunity to provide input on specific issues, such as the timing for submitting eVTRs.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Webinar link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/evtr_app_overview/
(telephone audio connection information will be provided when you open the webinar)
Audio only access via phone: 1-800-832-0736, Room Number: 5765379
To install the Adobe Connect app or test your connection, please visit: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
The updated eVTR framework document with action alternatives will be posted to the MAFMC eVTR webinar event page later this week.
For more information, contact Karson Coutre, firstname.lastname@example.org (302) 526-5259.
Mid-Atlantic Council to Hold Public Hearings for Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four public hearings in August and September 2019 to solicit public input on the Excessive Shares Amendment. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through September 14, 2019.
Request for Public Input on Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Individual Transferable Quota Program Review
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is seeking public comments on a review of the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) Program. Comments are due by May 8, 2019.
The Council will hold three in-person public meetings, and one public webinar meeting, to seek feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.
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.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Thursday, March 7, 2019
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