Monkfish Committee Meeting May 29-30


The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Monkfish Committee on May 29, 2013 and May 30, 2013 to consider action affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

This meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.


ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Hotel 


Providence, 139 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI 02903; telephone: 

(401) 861-8000; fax: (401) 732-9309.

    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water 

Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, 

New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Monkfish Oversight Committee will: (1) 

Provide an assessment update review; (2) report on the May 16 

Scientific and Statistical Committee meeting and recommendations for 

Allowable Biological Catch (ABC); (3) report on the April 30 Plan 

Development Team (PDT) meeting; (4) provide a presentation outlining 

DAS/trip limit options developed by the PDT; (5) discuss and develop 

recommendations to the New England and Mid-Atlantic Councils for a 

range of alternatives to be included in Framework 8 including, but not 

limited to, Annual Catch Targets (ACT--applying management uncertainty 

to ACL), the range of DAS/trip limit alternatives (specifications), 

changes to the permit category H fishery boundary and any other options 

for DAS changes; (6) discuss, including motions, as appropriate, the 

range of alternatives to be included in the Amendment 6 document, 

including possible removal of the ITQ alternative; (7) discuss, 

including development of recommendations, as appropriate, possible 

revisions to the pending monkfish Emergency Action for the 2013 fishing 

year; (8) consider and develop a recommendation to the Councils that 

monkfish permit renewal be required at the start of the fishing year to 

address state waters fishing; (9) time permitting, consider making 

recommendations on changes to the Research Set-Aside priorities; (10) 

closed session to review/recommend Advisory Panel applications.

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 

before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 

of formal action during this meeting. 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.