Monkfish Assessment Udate

The New England Fishery Management Council is scheduling a public meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee on May 16, 2013 to review the Monkfish Operational Stock Assessment Update. 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, May 16, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire 

Street, Mansfield, MA 02048; telephone: (508) 339-2200; fax: (508) 339-1040.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water 
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NEFMC's Scientific and Statistical 
Committee will meet to review the Monkfish Operational Stock Assessment 
Update completed on May 8-9, 2013 and develop Acceptable Biological 
Catch (ABC) recommendations for monkfish (goosefish) for fishing years 
2014 through 2016. The Committee will consider additional information 
provided to it by the Council's Monkfish Plan Development Team. The 
Committee also will review the approach used by the Council's 
Groundfish Closed Area Technical Team to spatially analyze juvenile and 
spawning protection for key groundfish stocks. Other business may be 
    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.