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Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) office no later than 8:00 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2024 to be considered at this meeting. Please address comments to Council Chair Eric Reid or Executive Director Cate O’Keefe at: NEFMC, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Email submissions should be sent to ** Written comments must address items listed on the agenda for this meeting or issues that will be brought up under the open period for public comment.

IMPORTANT: The Council will hold its April 2024 meeting at the Hilton Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut. This will be a hybrid meeting with in-person participation, coupled with a webinar option for individuals who cannot or prefer not to attend in person.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: The Council’s “Guidelines for Providing Public Comments” can be found here. Anyone interested in speaking during the open period for public comment on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. should fill out the sign-up sheet on the table at the entrance to the Council meeting room. To speak remotely, email Janice Plante at to get on the list.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Council Chair Eric Reid)

10:05 Reports on Recent Activities - Council Chair, 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 (MAFMC), Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

11:30 Preventing Harassment in the Fishery Management Council Process (Council Chair Eric Reid)

11:45 Enforcement Committee Report (Pat Keliher)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin)

2:15 Northern Edge (Council Chair Eric Reid)

5:30 Council Adjourns

6:00 Council Public Outreach (Hilton Mystic – restaurant/lobby area) - Informational exchange to foster open lines of communication among Council members, staff, industry, and meeting attendees; all are welcome; light snacks provided

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 a.m. Applying State Space Models Research Track Peer Review (Kristan Blackhart, NEFSC)

10:00 Risk Policy Working Group Report (Megan Ware)

12:00 p.m. Habitat Committee Report Part 1 (Council Chair Eric Reid, SSC Vice Chair Conor McManus)

12:30 Lunch Break

1:45 Habitat Committee Report Part 2 (Council Chair Eric Reid)

3:00 Monkfish Committee Report (Matt Gates)

4:30 Atlantic Herring Report (Cheri Patterson)

5:15 Council Adjourns

6:00 Atlantic Herring Amendment 10 Scoping Meeting (Cheri Patterson)

Thursday, April 18, 2024

9:00 a.m. Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) (Dan Salerno)

10:00 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)

10:15 Groundfish Committee Report (Rick Bellavance; SSC Subpanel Chair Dr. Jason McNamee)

12:15 p.m. Other Business

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