Risk Policy for Council Managed Species

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a two-day workshop to discuss issues that relate to establishing a risk policy for Council-managed species.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 20-21, 2013, starting at 8:30 a.m. on each day.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18
Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970; telephone: (978) 744-4080 or
(800) 729-7829; or email: info@hawthornehotel.com.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465-0492.


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


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 and Thursday, March 21, 2013

    The New England Fishery Management Council is holding a workshop to
advance the development of a comprehensive acceptable biological catch
(ABC) risk policy for New England fisheries through structured and
participatory discussions. It is an important early step in what will
be a multi-step process to develop the policy. The agenda will include
speakers outside of the Council and its SSC who have experience with
approaches that address risk and could be applied to fisheries
management. It will provide Council members and others with a common
understanding of the concepts needed to develop a risk policy. It also
will provide an opportunity for communications between participants
about management and science issues that relate to the ABC setting
    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.