NEFMC to Hold 3 Day Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a 3-day meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18 through Thursday, June 20, 2013. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, and at 8:30 a.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101; telephone: (207) 775.2311; fax: (207) 761.8224; or online at

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    The Council will begin the first session of its 3-day meeting by
receiving brief reports from the NEFMC Chairman and Executive Director,
NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator, the Northeast Fisheries Science
Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, as well as
NOAA General Counsel, and representatives of the Atlantic States Marine
Fisheries Commission, Coast Guard, and NOAA Enforcement. During the
Herring Committee report which will follow, the Council intends to
initiate Framework Adjustment 3 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery
Management Plan (FMP). The report will include alternatives to
establish river herring/shad catch caps for the Atlantic herring
fishery, a review of the available fishery information, a summary of
the May 23, 2013 Herring PDT/Mackerel Monitoring Committee Report, a
summary the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's development of
river herring/shad catch caps for the mackerel fishery, and any

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related committee recommendations. The Council also will be asked to
provide guidance to further develop the Framework 3 alternatives.
    Following a lunch break and prior to a NOAA Fisheries Northeast
Regional Office (NERO) report on the status of Atlantic sturgeon, there
will be an open period for public comments during which any interested
party may provide brief remarks on issues relevant to Council business
but not listed on the meeting agenda. NERO staff also will present
information on a proposed commercial scale mussel farm to be located
8.5 miles off Cape Ann. MA. A summary of the recent Monkfish
Operational Assessment update will be presented, followed by the
Scientific and Statistical Committee's report. Its chairman will
provide an overview of the SSC's discussions about the monkfish
assessment and the future development of an Acceptable Biological Catch
(ABC) recommendation, as well as the committee's conclusions about the
approach used by the Council's Groundfish Closed Area Technical Team to
spatially analyze juvenile and spawning protection for key groundfish

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    The second day of meetings will start with the Northeast Fisheries
Science Center's (NEFSC) presentation on Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE)
trades and net revenue estimates in the groundfish fishery. NEFSC staff
also will provide an update on progress toward developing a full
profitability assessment. The Council will discuss Groundfish Committee
recommendations concerning the development of Amendment 18 to the
Northeast Multispecies FMP, in particular any revisions to the goals
and objectives of the amendment. It also may initiate a framework
adjustment to the plan to modify rebuilding plans and other measures.
The Habitat Committee will ask for final comments concerning a
Memorandum of Understanding concerning deep sea corals that is being
developed by the New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Councils.
The Joint Habitat/Groundfish Committee report will include a request
for approval of spatial management alternatives for purposes of
analysis in the Essential Fish Habitat Omnibus 2 Amendment
Draft Environmental Impact Statement. This report will continue until
the meeting adjourns for the day.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Representatives of the Transboundary Management Guidance Committee
will discuss options for trading quota under the provisions of the
U.S./Canada Resource Sharing Understanding and may ask the Council to
develop U.S./Canada trading mechanisms. The Enforcement Committee will
review its recommendations concerning a new Council Enforcement Policy
(as proposed by NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Coast Guard), and the issue
of minimizing the use of fishing vessel compartments to hide illegal
fish. The Monkfish Committee will ask the Council to initiate Framework
Adjustment 8 to the Monkfish (FMP). The action would include Annual
Catch Targets (ACT), days-a-sea (DAS) and trip limit specifications for
the 2014-2016 fishing years, and possibly other changes to the current
management program. The report also will provide an update on Amendment
6 to the FMP at which time there could be a request for the removal of
the Individually Transferable Quota (ITQ) alternative in that action.
Last, the Monkfish Report will include any committee recommendations
concerning the monkfish research set-aside research priorities.
    After a lunch break, representatives of the Northeast Regional
Ocean Council (NROC) will present an overview of the purpose of NROC's
series of public meetings, including the draft goals for regional ocean
planning and potential actions. Before the NEFMC meeting adjourns, NERO
staff will review and ask for Council approval of a draft environmental
assessment for the Standard Bycatch Reporting Methodology Omnibus
Amendment for the purpose of seeking public comments on the proposed
    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 that the public has been notified of the Council's intent to
take final action to address the emergency.