Upcoming Recreational Advisory Panel Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Recreational Advisory Panel will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The meeting will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston
North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director,
New England Fishery Management Council; telephone:  (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion in the committee's
agenda are as follows:
    The Recreational Advisory Panel (RAP) will meet to discuss
recreational management measures for Gulf of Maine cod and Gulf of
Maine haddock for fishing year 2013. Measures may need to be modified
because of reduced quotas for these two stocks. The RAP will consider
alternative management measures and may make recommendations for
changes to account for these reductions. The RAP's advice will be
provided to the New England Fishery Management Council and its
Groundfish Oversight Committee. These two bodies may develop
recommendations based on this advice which will be forwarded to the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for consideration. Framework
Adjustment 48, currently under review, may revise measures to allow
changes to recreational management measures in advance of the fishing
year in order to reduce the possibility of overages, or facilitate
harvesting the recreational allocations. Subject to the final decision
on this management measure that was proposed in Framework Adjustment
48, NFMS may adjust measures for fishing year 2013. Any changes would
be announced as soon as possible. Other business may be discussed.