New England Fishery Management Council Meeting

January 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am – January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Harbor Events Center
100 Deer St
Portsmouth NH

Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 8 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 to be considered at this meeting. Please address comments to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies at: NEFMC, 50 Water St., Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Email submissions should be sent to


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

9:00 a.m.Introductions and Announcements (Chairman Dr. John Quinn)

9:05 Reports on Recent Activities – Council Chairman, Council Executive Director, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) Regional Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) General Counsel, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Update

10:30 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) (John Pappalardo)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00 Open Period for Public Comment – Opportunity for the public to provide brief comments on issues relevant to Council business but not listed on this agenda (please limit remarks to 3-5 minutes)

2:15 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)

3:15 Habitat Report (Doug Grout)

4:00 Decision-Making Under Uncertainty (Dr. Steve Cadrin, UMass Dartmouth SMAST)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. Fishery Data for Stock Assessment Working Group (FDSAWG) (Dr. Steve Cadrin, working group chair)

10:00 Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Review of FDSAWG (Dr. Patrick Sullivan, SSC sub-panel chair)

11:00 Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (Terry Stockwell)

11:45 Groundfish Committee Report Part 1 (Terry Stockwell)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00 New England Recreational Fishing Workshops (Moira Kelly, GARFO; Jessica Joyce, Tidal Bay Consulting)

2:15 Recreational Fishing Issues (Executive Director Tom Nies)

3:15 Groundfish Committee Report Part 2 (Terry Stockwell)

3:45 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) (Brad McHale, NMFS HMS)

4:15 Closed Session (Chairman Dr. John Quinn) – Consult on Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) appointments for 2019-2021

Thursday, January 31, 2019

8:45 Council Member Recusals (Executive Director Tom Nies; NOAA General Counsel)

9:45 Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program Review (Dr. Mike Sissenwine)

11:00 Fisheries Allocation Policy Directive (Executive Director Tom Nies)

12:00 p.m. Atlantic Herring (Peter Kendall)

12:30 Other Business

This meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 USC 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request.

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