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ASMFC SPRING MEETING AGENDA

The final agenda and meeting materials for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's 2015 Spring Meeting in Virginia have been released.
By The Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Comission  |  April 27, 2015
ASMFC SPRING MEETING AGENDA

The final agenda and meeting materials for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's 2015 Spring Meeting [is as follows]. Please note the cancellation of the Legislative and Governors’ Appointee Luncheon, originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 12:45 p.m., and the addition of a meeting of the South Atlantic Board on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m., which has prompted a change in the scheduling and sequence of meetings that day. The agenda is subject to change. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for scheduled meetings. The Commission may adjust this agenda in accordance with the actual duration of meetings. Interested parties should anticipate meetings starting earlier or later than indicated herein.

For ease of access, all Board and Section materials have been combined into one PDF at ASMFC.org. This document as well as all other meeting materials can be accessed individually by Board/Committee within the agenda. The combined file does not include the Law Enforcement Committee, ACCSP Coordinating Council and ACCSP Executive Committee. Some documents may be large, so please be patient downloading. Supplemental materials will be posted to the website on Wednesday, April 29th.

Board/Section meeting proceedings will be broadcast daily via webinar beginning at 12:45 PM on May 4th, continuing daily until the conclusion of the meeting (expected to be Noon) on May 7th. The webinar will allow registrants to listen to board/section deliberations and view presentations and motions as they occur. No comments or questions will be accepted via the webinar. Should technical difficulties arise while streaming the broadcast, the boards/sections will continue their deliberations without interruption. We will attempt to resume the broadcast as soon as possible. To register for the webinar, please visit GoToWebinar.com.

May 4
12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Atlantic Herring Section

  • Welcome/Call to Order (T. Stockwell)
  • Section Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from October 2014
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment (M. Yuen) Action
  • Technical Report on GSI-Based Spawning Monitoring System (M. Dean)
  • Review Options (M. Yuen)
  • Advisory Panel Report (J. Kaelin)
  • Law Enforcement Committee Report (M. Robson)
  • Consider 2014 FMP Review and State Compliance (M. Yuen) Action
  • Update on New England Fishery Management Council Herring Committee Activities (M. Yuen)
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership (M. Yuen) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

American Lobster Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. McKiernan)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Draft Jonah Crab Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Public Comment (T. Kerns) Action
  • Review and Consider Previous Changes to LCMA 4 and 5 Closed Seasons for Consistency (B. Muffley) Final Action
  • Consider Draft Addendum XXIV for Final Approval (T. Kerns) Final Action
  • Report on Fishing for Energy Workshop (T. Kerns)
  • Update on Lobster Trap Tag Database Progress (D. McKiernan)
  • Update on Lobster Stock Assessment Progress (T. Kerns)
  • Review and Populate Jonah Crab Advisory Panel Membership (T. Kerns) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

May 5
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (R. Boyles, Jr.)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Biological Ecological Reference Points Workgroup Report (J. McNamee)
  • Review Ecological Reference Point Task
  • Consider 2015 FMP Review and State Compliance (M. Waine) Action
  • Technical Committee Report (J. McNamee)
  • Review Biological Reference Points
  • Review Stock Projections
  • Review and Set Atlantic Menhaden Specifications (M. Waine) Final Action
  • Advisory Panel Report (J. Kaelin)
  • Discuss Next Steps for Management Based on Results of the Benchmark Assessment and Ecological Reference Points Term of Reference (R. Boyles, Jr.)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

11:15 a.m – Noon

South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Geer)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Report from the NOAA Southeast Regional Office on Draft Strategic Plan for FY2016-2020 (H. Blough)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Blank Rome Workshop

  • Budget Status
  • Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization
  • Horseshoe Crab Trawl Survey Funding
  • Committee Membership Updates

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Law Enforcement Committee (LEC)

  • Call to Order/Roll Call of the LEC Representatives (L. Ingerson)
  • Approval of Agenda and Minutes from October 2014
  • Public Comment
  • Review Draft Jonah Crab Management Options
  • Report on Outside Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Activities (AFWA/NACLAC/Councils)
  • Review and Update of Species Board Representatives and Alternates
  • Discussion of Other ISFMP Species (tentative)
  • Discussion of Possible Joint Meeting with Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission LEC (tentative)
  • Review and Discussion of Ongoing Enforcement Activities (Closed Session)
  • Joint Enforcement Agreement Update/Federal Agency Reports
  • Review Recent Safe Harbor Issues
  • Recess

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Grout)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Technical Committee Reports (C. Godwin)
  • Progress Report on Producer Area Reference Points
  • Review Virginia’s Tagging, Monitoring, and Seine Proposals Action
  • Update on State Implementation of Addendum IV (M. Waine)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Update
  • Progress Report on Changes and Improvements to the MRIP (G. Colvin)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Annual Awards of Excellence Reception

May 6

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Executive Committee (Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m.)
(A portion of this meeting will be a closed session for Executive Committee members only)

  • Welcome/Call to Order (L. Daniel)
  • Committee Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Meeting Summary from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Closed Session
  • Staffing Update
  • Commission Budget Discussion (ACFCMA Funding, State Assessments)
  • Administrative Oversight Committee Report (D. Grout)
  • Presentation of the FY16 Budget Action
  • Review Revised Language on Appeal Criteria
  • Review Suggested Changes to Commission Guidance Documents
  • Stock Assessment Update (M. Cieri)
  • Future Annual Meetings Update (L. Leach)
  • November 2-5 – St. Augustine, Florida
  • 2016 – Maine
  • 2017 – Virginia
  • 2018 – New York
  • Other Business/Adjourn

8:30 a.m. – Noon

Law Enforcement Committee (continued)

  • Update on State Implementation Plans for Striped Bass (tentative)
  • State Agency Reports
  • Discussion of ASMFC 2015 Action Plan Issues
  • Discussion of Closed Area Configurations and Enforcement
  • Review of Management Options for Atlantic Herring (Amendment 3)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Interstate Fisheries Management Program (ISFMP) Policy Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (L. Daniel)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Update from Executive Committee (L. Daniels)
  • Review and Discuss 2014 Commissioner Survey Results (T. Kerns) Action
  • Review and Approve Stock Status Definition Revisions (T. Kerns) Action
  • Assessment Science Committee Report (S. Madsen) Action
  • Update to the Stock Assessment Schedule
  • Committee on Economics and Social Science Report (S. Madsen)
  • Discuss Direction of the Winter Flounder Letter to the New England Fishery Management Council and the Greater Atlantic Regional Office (T. Kerns)
  • Update on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Unmanaged Forage Fish Activities (T. Kerns)
  • Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Report (L. Havel)
  • Habitat Committee Report (L. Havel)
  • Law Enforcement Committee Report (M. Robson)
  • Review and Discuss the Northeast Regional Ocean Council Spatial Characterization of Commercial Fisheries (G. Lapointe)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) Executive Committee

  • Welcome/Introductions (C. Patterson)
  • Public Comment
  • Committee Consent Action
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from March 2015
  • ACCSP Status Report
  • Program Status (M. Cahall)
  • Committee Updates
  • Independent Program Review Progress
  • APAIS Update (G. White)
  • Governance Review Update (C. Patterson)
  • Long-term Funding Decision Document
  • Review Action Items from Previous Meetings
  • An update of the Governance Options Paper will be provided to the Executive Committee in May. (Draft Options Paper developed)
  • Completed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) sections will be reviewed by the Executive Committee at the June meeting.
  • A definition and description of the Executive Committee will be developed to be incorporated into the SOP document.
  • M. Cahall will provide options to the Executive Committee of how to cut $83,000 from ACCSP funded projects by March 19th
  • Other Business
  • Closed Session
  • Adjourn (C. Patterson)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (T. Stockwell)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Review the River Herring Technical Expert Working Group Conservation Plan (K. Rootes-Murdy)
  • Technical Committee Report(K. Drew) Action
  • Recommendations for Assessment Schedule and River Herring Data Standardization
  • Other Business/Adjourn

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

ACCSP Coordinating Council

  • Welcome/Introductions (C. Patterson)
  • Public Comment
  • Council Consent Action
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • ACCSP Status Report
  • Program Update (M. Cahall)
  • Committee Updates
  • Independent Program Review (IPR) Progress
  • Review and Consider Approval of 2015 Request for Proposals Action
  • Long-term Funding Decision Document Action
  • Other Business
  • Adjourn

May 7

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Tautog Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Gilmore)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from February 2015
  • Public Comment
  • Technical Committee Report (J. McNamee)
  • Clarification to Selecting Regional Tautog Stock Definition
  • New Reference Points
  • Consider Initiation of an Amendment in Response to the Benchmark Assessment (J. Gilmore) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

ISFMP Policy Board (If Necessary)

  • Welcome/Call to Order (L. Daniel)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Public Comment
  • Review of Non-compliance Findings (if necessary)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Business Session (If Necessary)

  • Welcome/Call to Order (L. Daniel)
  • Board Consent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Proceedings from October 2014
  • Public Comment
  • Other Business/Adjourn

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