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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

9:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Chairman Dr. John Quinn)

9:05 Reports on Recent Activities - Council Chairman, Council Executive Director, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) Regional Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) General Counsel, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel

10:30 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (Brian Hooker, BOEM)

10:45 Habitat Report (Doug Grout)

11:45 Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)

12:30 p.m.Lunch Break

1:45 Open Period for Public Comment - Opportunity for the public to provide brief comments on issues relevant to Council business but not listed on this agenda (please limit remarks to 3-5 minutes)

2:00 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)

3:00 Council Program Review (Review Panel Chairman Dan Hull, North Pacific Fishery Management Council)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

8:30 a.m.Draft Procedural Directive for Electronic Monitoring (EM) Cost Allocation (Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries)

9:30 Groundfish Committee Report (Terry Stockwell)

11:30 Northeast Fishery Sector (NEFS) IX (Liz Sullivan, GARFO)
NOTE: The Council will receive an overview of Northeast Fishery Sector IX’s steps to address its shortcomings, as well as a summary of Sector IX’s proposed operations plan as submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. Because of recent information received from the industry, NMFS’s consultation with the Council on Sector IX likely will include: (a) discussion of the proposed Sector VII operations plan amendments that relate to Sector IX; (b) other sectors as they relate to Sector IX; and (c) effects on the sector system generally. The Council may provide recommendations to NMFS on any topics discussed.

12:30 p.m.Lunch Break

1:45 Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit (Rick Bellavance, Mark Godfroy)

2:15 Best Scientific Information Available (BSIA) (Executive Director Tom Nies; SSC Chair Jason McNamee)

3:15 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (Mike Asaro, GARFO; Terry Alexander)

4:15 North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks (Tobey Curtis, NOAA Fisheries)

4:45 Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP), ICCAT Advisory Committee Report (Rick Bellavance)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

8:30 a.m.Atlantic Herring Report (Peter Kendall)

10:30 Industry-Funded Monitoring (IFM) (Libby Etrie; Carrie Nordeen, GARFO)

12:30 p.m.Lunch Break

1:30 Ecosystem Status Report (Sean Hardison, NEFSC)

2:30 Regulatory Reform Initiative (Deputy Director Chris Kellogg)

3:00 Other Business

This meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 USC 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request.