Recreational Advisory Panel to Meet in April

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 two-day meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 beginning at 12 p.m. and Wednesday, April 17, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m.


ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA 02048; telephone: (508) 339-2200; fax: (508) 339-1040.


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


Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Beginning at 12 p.m.

    The Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet to discuss several 

issues related to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. 

This will include a report from the Plan Development Team on catch 

reporting, as well as a progress report on issues related to the 

relative stock size of Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank haddock. Council 

staff will report on the feasibility of and progress on data analysis 

that would inform the development of Amendment 18. The Committee may 

also discuss recent sector operations plan exemption requests and may 

discuss a request for an exploration of the impact of climate change on 

status determination criteria and catch advice. If other business 

issues are raised, this will occur on the first day of the meeting.

 Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    The Committee will devote the entire day to considering area 

management options recommended by the Closed Area Technical Team. These 

measures are intended to replace existing year round and rolling 

groundfish closures. Following review at the April Council meeting, 

these groundfish area management options would be consolidated with the 

habitat management options being proposed by the Habitat Oversight 

Committee and included as alternatives in Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2.