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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the winter storm that is impacting the region, the Council will begin the meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3 instead of 9 a.m. as originally scheduled in order to allow for additional travel time.

  • Please note the new start times for Tuesday’s agenda items.
  • Most notably, the open period for public comment and the item titled “Carlos Rafael Case/Misreporting Issues” both will take place following the lunch break under the revised agenda.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

10:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Chairman Dr. John Quinn)

10:05 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 (MAFMC), Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA Enforcement

11:35 Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) (Dr. Mike Sissenwine)

11:50 Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) (Vincent Balzano)

12:05 p.m. Draft National Standard 1 Technical Guidance (Deputy Director Chris Kellogg)

12:30 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 Carlos Rafael Case/Misreporting Issues (NOAA Special Agent Troy Audyatis; Coast Guard Capt. Kevin King)

3:15 Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)

3:40 Spiny Dogfish (Jason Didden, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council)

4:10 Atlantic Herring Report (Peter Kendall)

4:40 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management MSE Steering Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)

5:55 Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Executive Director Tom Nies)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

8:30 a.m. Groundfish Operational Assessments (Northeast Fisheries Science Center)

9:45 Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) (Dr. Jason McNamee)

10:45 Groundfish Committee Report (Terry Stockwell)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Groundfish Committee Report Continued (Terry Stockwell)

4:45 New England Recreational Fishing Workshops (Moira Kelly, GARFO; Jessica Joyce, Tidal Bay)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

8:30 a.m. 2020 Council Priorities (Executive Director Tom Nies)

10:30 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)

12:45 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Habitat Report (Eric Reid)

2:45 Large-Mesh Belly Panel in Small-Mesh Fisheries (Emerson Hasbrouck, Cornell Cooperative Extension)

3:15 Small-Mesh Multispecies (Whiting) Report (Rick Bellavance)

4:15 Other Business

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