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Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 to be considered at this meeting. Please address comments to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies at: NEFMC, 50 Water St., Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Email submissions should be sent to

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

10:30 Northeast Regional Ocean Council (Nick Napoli)

10:45 Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)

11:05 American Lobster (Toni Kerns, ASMFC)

11:20 Habitat Committee Report (Doug Grout; Brian Hooker, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 North Atlantic Right Whales (Mark Murray-Brown, GARFO)

2:45 Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Peter Kendall)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. Groundfish Operational Assessments (NEFSC staff)

9:00 Scientific and Statistical Committee Report (Jason McNamee)

10:30 Groundfish Committee Report (Terry Stockwell)

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 Groundfish Committee Report Continued

4:45 Regulatory Reform Initiative (Executive Director Tom Nies)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

8:30 a.m. 2018 Council Priorities – Final Action (Executive Director Tom Nies)

10:30 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 Scallop Committee Report Continued

2:45 Whiting Committee Report (Mark Gibson)

3:45 Spiny Dogfish (Dr. David Pierce)

4:15 Other Business

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