Council Chairman, Executive Director, NMFS Regional Administrator, NOAA General Counsel, Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, and representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; Electronic Monitoring Working Group
Discussion of the draft U.S. House of Representatives bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
Final approval of specifications for fishing years 2014-2015, including an ABC, annual catch target, trip limits and the research-set aside catch
Final approval of Framework Adjustment 2 to the Northeast Skate Complex FMP; in addition to setting specifications, management measures will include possession limits and VTR and dealer code revisions; the Council also may consider and could possibly approve a control date for the skate wing fishery
Final approval of Framework Adjustment 25 to the Sea Scallop FMP; the action includes specifications for fishing years 2014-2015 (default), accountability measures (AMs) for Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic windowpane flounder and measures to address unused fishing year 2012 and/or 2013 Closed Area I access trips
Presentation and discussion of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Social Sciences Branch report on the performance of the groundfish fishery during fishing year 2012
Update on Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP to include an overview of progress to develop measures to promote fleet diversity, enhance sector management, promote resilience and stability of fishing businesses, and prevent excessive shares in the fishery
Council review of Scientific and Statistical Committee nominee qualifications
Review and approve draft alternatives for further analysis; the action would establish provisions for industry-funded monitoring across all fisheries; alternatives could include provisions that delineate cost-sharing between the government and fishing industry, a process for prioritizing additional monitoring needs, observer coverage targets for the Atlantic herring and mackerel fisheries (disapproved in Herring Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring FMP and Amendment 14 to the Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish FMP), and provisions for approving service providers; related Herring Committee recommendations will also receive consideration by the Council during the meeting
Review of the findings on swordfish and bluefin tuna contained in the full report from the November 2013 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas meeting in South Africa
Opportunity for the public to provide brief comments on items that are relevant to Council business but that are otherwise not listed on this agenda
Initial meeting for Framework Adjustment 4 to the Atlantic Herring FMP, which will include alternatives to address several measures disapproved in Amendment 5 (dealer weighing requirements and measures to address net slippage); the Council will review recommendations from the Herring Committee and Advisory Panel and provide guidance regarding further development of the alternatives
Times listed next to the agenda items are estimates and are subject to change. The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities Council member financial disclosure forms are available for examination at the meeting. Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subjects of formal action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305 (c) of the Magnuson- Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency. Documents pertaining to Council actions are available for review prior to a final vote by the Council.
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