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The joint FMAT/PDT formed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) will meet on Friday, April 21, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. via webinar.

The MAFMC and NEFMC have initiated a joint framework action to address Atlantic sturgeon bycatch in the monkfish and spiny dogfish gillnet fisheries. The joint FMAT/PDT will meet to discuss:

  • The Action Plan to Reduce Atlantic Sturgeon Bycatch in Federal Large-Mesh Gillnet Fisheries (Action Plan) that was developed by the Atlantic Sturgeon Bycatch Working Group
  • The application of the Action Plan recommendations to the jointly managed spiny dogfish and monkfish gillnet fisheries
  • Potential alternatives and further data needs
  • Other business, as necessary

Webinar connection details and additional information are available here.