Finalize NEFMC management priorities for 2014, exclusive of the herring fishery priorities approved by the Council on November 20, 2013
Review of committee recommendations on overfishing level (OFL) and acceptable biological catch (ABC) recommendations for sea scallops for fishing years 2014-2015; the report also will include the SSC’s review of an OFL and ABC for Gulf of Maine haddock for fishing years 2013-2015
Framework Adjustment 25 – Review and approve recent Scallop Committee recommendations which include new specification alternatives for fishing years 2014-2015, as well as potential modifications to several other measures
Review of the July 2013 final rule concerning the National Standard 2 Guidelines, in which NOAA Fisheries provides guidance on what constitutes the best scientific information available for fisheries managed under federal fishery management plans, as well as related issues
Framework Adjustment 51 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) – Final action
Major issues to be considered include:
Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2 – Review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, identify preferred alternatives, and approve the DEIS for initial submission to NOAA
Times listed next to the agenda items are estimates and are subject to change.
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