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.
The meetings will be held Monday, October 5, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and, Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Due to public health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Start Printed Page 57833October meeting will be conducted by webinar only. This webinar-based meeting replaces the in-person meeting previously scheduled to be held in Riverhead, NY. Please see the Council's website (www.mafmc.org) for log-in procedures.
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 website, 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 website when possible).
Monday, October 5, 2020
Executive Committee—2021 Implementation Plan
Review progress on 2020 Implementation Plan, review staff recommendations for 2021 actions and deliverables, public comment opportunity, and develop draft recommendations for 2021 actions and deliverables
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Spiny Dogfish Committee, Meeting as a Committee of the Whole—Spiny Dogfish Specifications
Review SSC, Advisory Panel, Monitoring Committee, and staff recommendations and adopt 2021-22 specifications
Chub Mackerel Specifications
Review SSC, Advisory Panel, Monitoring Committee, and staff recommendations for 2021 specifications and review previously implemented 2021 specifications and recommend changes if necessary
Executive Order 13921 on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth
Finalize prioritized list of recommendations for submission to NMFS
Research Priorities Update
Review approach and timeline for 2021 research priorities evaluation
Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Updates (EAFM)
Summer flounder recreational discard management strategy evaluation and other EAFM activities
Joint Council/SSC Meeting
Direction for SSC Socioeconomic workgroup, science considerations due to missing 2020 data, and risk policy considerations for ocean quahog
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment
Approve a range of alternatives for inclusion into a public hearing document
Recreational Reform Initiative
Update on progress and consider initiating a management action
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Update/Overview of the Proposed Rule for the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan
Committee Reports (SSC and Executive Committee); Executive Director's Report; Organization Reports; and, 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: September 11, 2020.
Rey Israel Marquez,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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