Council Meeting Documents
June 3-5, 2008
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101


June Council Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Review of Experimental Fishery Permit (EFP) Applications

Presentation: An Ecosystem Approach to the Assessment of the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Herring Complex (Dr. William Overholtz, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Skate Committee Report

Action Item: Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Amendment
Presentation: Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology: Consultation / Prioritization Process in 2008 (Dr. Paul Rago)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Groundfish Assessment Review Meeting Report (Dr. Paul Rago)

Final Report on Sector Monitoring (Howard McElderry, GMRI consultant)
NMFS Response to GMRI report

Groundfish Committee Report

Draft Amendment 16 dated June 1, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Scallop Scoping Review
Presentation by Staff on Scallop Amendment 15 Scoping
Survey Advisory Panel Meeting Briefing

Habitat Committee Report

Presentation: Discussion of the agency’s proposed rule to integrate Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act (MSRA) requirements with those in the National Environmental Policy Act (Adam Eisenberg, NMFS Office of Sustainable Fisheries staff)

Presentation: Discussion of the agency’s proposed rule to address MSRA requirements for annual catch limits and accountability measures (NMFS Office of Sustainable Fisheries staff)

Presentation: Update and Briefing on the National Marine Fisheries Service Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan (NMFS Regional Office staff)

Research Steering Committee Report

Presentation and Discussion: Review of the recently published Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS Superintendent Dr. Craig MacDonald)

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