April 12-14, 2011

The public is invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's April 2011 meeting to be held at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, 58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401 (telephone: 410-263-2641).  Below is the meeting agenda. NOTE:  For online access to the meeting register at:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/822828928.  Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with the information you need to join the Webinar.

Tuesday, April 12

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.              Ecosystems / Ocean Planning Committee

  • Prioritize recommendations from December Workshop

Wednesday, April 13

8:30 a.m. -   11:00 a.m.          Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee

  • Review AP Membership
  • Review Amendment 14 analysis and direct FMAT as necessary
  • Adjust Amendment 14 range of alternatives as appropriate

11:00 a.m. -   12:00 p.m.        HMS Presentation - Squid Trawl Proposed Rule

  • Options to minimize discards of swordfish in the Illex fishery
  • Trawl retention limits for incidental catch of smooth dogfish

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.            Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.              Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee (Cont'd)

  • See above for agenda items

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.              Spiny Dogfish Committee

  • Identify action alternatives in Amendment 3

5:00 p.m.  -  6:00 p.m. Public Listening Session

  • The Council invites the public to engage Council leadership and NMFS representatives in a Q & A roundtable session.  Those in attendance will be able to ask questions or comment on any issue related to                                                             Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management including annual specifications, ecosystem management, bycatch reduction, catch shares, etc.

For online access to the Public Listening Session, register at:



Thursday, April 14

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.              Executive Committee

  • Council Budget
  • Process and timeline for 2012 specifications
  • AP Performance Report
  • Ecosystem based fisheries management goals and objectives
  • Advisory panel composition and governance
  • Council communications
  • NRCC meeting review

9:00 a.m.                                 Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.            3-Year SBRM Report

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.          Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Presentation

  • BOEMRE Overview of Offshore Wind Energy
  • Introduction to the Smart from the Start Energy Initiative
  • Overview of the Proposed Mid-Atlantic Wind Energy Areas

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.          Update on Amendment 6 Monkfish FMP

11:30a.m. - 1:30 p.m.             Business Session

  • Approval of February 2011 minutes

Organizational Reports

  • NMFS Regional Administrator
  • NMFS NEFSC Director
  • NOAA Office of General Counsel
  • Federal Enforcement Officials (NMFS and USCG)
  • ASMFC Executive Director

Liaison Report

  • South Atlantic Council

Executive Director's Report

Science Report

Committee Reports

  • Ecosystems / Ocean Planning
  • Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish
  • Highly Migratory Species (HMS)
  • Spiny Dogfish
  • River Herring / Shad
  • Executive Committee
  • Visioning Committee

Continuing and New Business