Monkfish Committee Meeting

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Monkfish Committee to consider actions 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 Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 9 a.m.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Monkfish Oversight Committee will review
the report of the Monkfish Advisory Panel's January 9th meeting, and
consider finalizing its recommendations on the range of alternatives in
Amendment 6 pertaining to modifications to the current management
system based on days-at-sea (DAS) and trip limits. These changes may
include adoption of a DAS leasing program, and in that context, the
NMFS Regional Office staff will give a presentation on the DAS leasing
program adopted in the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan.
The Committee will meet in closed session at the end of the meeting to
review applications to fill two vacant seats on the Advisory Panel.
    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.