New England Fishery Management Council Meeting
Sheraton Colonial Hotel
One Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: 781-245-9300 ; Fax: 781-245-0842
December 20, 2012


Thursday, December 20, 2012

9:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Chairman Rip Cunningham)

9:05   Groundfish Committee Report (Terry Stockwell)

 Review and select preferred alternatives for inclusion in Framework Adjustment 48 to the
Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The following issues will be considered:
 acceptable biological catch and annual catch limits for FY 2013 and beyond;
 management measures for sector vessels (including measures related to at-sea and
dockside monitoring of sector trips);
 sector vessel access to parts of the year-round closed areas; and
 changes to the accountability measures for commercial and recreational vessels, gear
requirements for small-mesh bottom trawl vessels fishing on Georges Bank and several
other issues.

 Review of proposed monitoring requirements for a sector exemption request designed to
facilitate targeting of redfish

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:15 Groundfish Committee Report – continued until meeting adjournment

4:30 Other Business

5:00 Adjourn

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