National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice of public meetings.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public meetings of the Council and its Committees.
The meetings will be held Monday, December 11, 2017 through Thursday, December 14, 2017. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
The meeting will be held at: The Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401, telephone: (410) 972-4300.
Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 526-5255. The Council's Web site, www.mafmc.org also has details on the meeting location, proposed agenda, webinar listen-in access, and briefing materials.
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The following items are on the agenda, though agenda items may be addressed out of order (changes will be noted on the Council's Web site when possible.)
Monday, December 11, 2017
Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Risk Assessment
Review and approve EAFM based assessment
Risk Policy Framework—Meeting 2
Review and approve recommended modifications to Council's Risk Policy
Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization
Review proposed MSA reauthorization legislation and CCC Working Paper
Tilefish Survey Project Report
Update of the fisheries-independent pilot survey for tilefish
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Executive Committee—CLOSED SESSION
Ricks E Savage Award
Squid Buffer Zone Framework—Meeting 1
Discuss framework goals and review and approve preliminary alternatives
Chub Mackerel Amendment
Review scoping comments and discuss next steps
Law Enforcement Reports
Reports will be received from the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard
Scup Recreational Specifications
Review Monitoring Committee and Advisory Panel recommendations and adopt recommendations for 2018 Federal waters management measures
Summer Flounder Recreational Specifications
Review Monitoring Committee and Advisory Panel recommendations and recommend Conservation Equivalency or coastwide management and associated measures for 2018
Summer Flounder Amendment
Review and approve November 2017 Demersal Committee recommendations for further staff analysis
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Black Sea Bass Recreational Specifications
Review Monitoring Committee and Advisory Panel recommendations and adopt recommendations for 2018 Federal waters management measures. Review Wave 1 fishery implementation. Board Addendum XXX
Black Sea Bass Wave 1 Letter of Authorization Framework
Review background and provide guidance for development of draft alternatives
Black Sea Bass Amendment
Review initiation of black sea bass amendment (December 2015 motion)
Initiate Bluefish Amendment and discuss next steps
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Presentation
Updates of Atlantic Offshore Renewable Projects and Atlantic Start Printed Page 56007Renewable Energy Studies
Thursday, December 14, 2017
2018 Implementation Plan
Review and approve 2018 Implementation Plan
Committee Reports; Executive Director's Report (Golden Tilefish IFQ review and NEFMC Framework 57 update); Science Report; Organization Reports; Liaison Reports
Continuing and New Business
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.
These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.
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Dated: November 21, 2017.
Jeffrey N. Lonergan,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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