Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meets This Week In Atlantic City - The Fisherman

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meets This Week In Atlantic City

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) is convening in Atlantic City this week from Tuesday, April 9 through Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel. This will be an in-person meeting with a virtual option.

The Mid-Atlantic Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976 to manage fisheries within U.S. federal waters.  The Mid-Atlantic Council’s management authority extends from 3 miles out to 200 miles off the coasts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Council members, other meeting participants, and members of the public will have the option to participate in person or virtually via Webex webinar (see the April 2024 Council Meeting Page for webinar details, briefing materials, and other updates).

Tuesday, April 9th

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Proposed Rule to Update Regulations Associated with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act’s Confidentiality Requirements

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Offshore Wind Fisheries Compensation Programs

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 2024 State of the Ecosystem Report

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 2024 Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Risk Assessment Report

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Habitat Activities Update (aquaculture, wind, and other projects) – Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office Habitat and Ecosystem Services Division

Wednesday, April 10th

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Joint MAFMC/NEFMC Framework to Reduce Atlantic Sturgeon Interactions in the Monkfish/Dogfish Gillnet Fisheries (Final action)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. NTAP Progress Report for Industry-Based Survey Pilot Program

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Lunch break

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Golden Tilefish Catch Share Program Review

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Golden Tilefish Research Track Assessment Overview

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy Construction Sounds on Behavior of Longfin Squid and Black Sea Bass

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Summer Flounder Commercial Mesh Exemptions Framework Meeting #1 (Approve draft range of alternatives for further analysis) – joint with ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Management Board

Thursday, April 11th

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Business Session

  • Committee Reports – Scientific and Statistical Committee
  • Executive Director’s Report
  • Organization Reports: NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Office of General Counsel, NOAA Office of Law Enforcement, US Coast Guard
  • Liaison Reports: New England Council, South Atlantic Council
  • Other Business and General Public Comment

Public comments will be accepted from in-person and remote participants on all major agenda items. The meeting will be live streamed to the Council’s YouTube channel.  For additional information contact Mary Sabo at [email protected] or 302-526-5261