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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, December 1, 2022 to be considered at this meeting. Please address comments to Council Chair Eric Reid or Executive Director Tom Nies 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 December 2022 meeting at the Hotel Viking in Newport, RI. A webinar option will be available for individuals who cannot or prefer not to attend in person. The Council continues to follow all public safety measures related to COVID-19 and intends to do so for this meeting. Please participate remotely if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or do not feel well. Updates will be posted on the Council’s December 2022 meeting webpage.

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 Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 1:45 p.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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Monday, December 5, 2022

1:00 p.m. Introductions and Announcements (Council Chair Eric Reid)

1:05 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, Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP)

2:45 NOAA Guidance to Councils on Financial Disclosures and Voting Recusals (Mitch MacDonald, NOAA GC)

3:30 Introduction to Chief of BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs (Karen Baker, BOEM)

4:00 Habitat Committee Report (Council Chair Eric Reid)

5:00 Preventing Harassment in the Fishery Management Council Process (Council Chair Eric Reid)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

9:00 a.m. Monkfish Management Track Stock Assessment Peer Review (Dr. Jon Deroba, NEFSC)

9:30 September 2022 Groundfish Management Track Stock Assessments (Dr. Russ Brown, NEFSC)

11:00 Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Report (SSC Chair Dr. Lisa Kerr)

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 (Rick Bellavance)

After the Council concludes its business for the day, Ørsted will host an open house of its Revolution Wind Navigation Simulator at the U.S. Maritime Resource Center (USMRC). Fisheries liaisons from other offshore wind developers will be present to share information as well. Details are available in the open house flyer.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

9:00 a.m. Atlantic Sturgeon (Executive Director Tom Nies; Spencer Talmage, GARFO)

9:45 Monkfish Committee Report (Libby Etrie)

11:00 Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Climate Change Scenario Planning (Staff; Jonathan Star, Scenario Insight)

Thursday, December 8, 2022

9:00 a.m. Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee (John Pappalardo; Tom Balf, Oceanvest; Dr. Gavin Fay, UMass-Dartmouth)

10:30 Spiny Dogfish Committee (Melanie Griffin; Jason Didden, MAFMC)

11:30 Whiting Report (Staff)

12:00 p.m. National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy (Executive Director Tom Nies)

12:15 Lunch Break

1:15 2023 Council Priorities (Executive Director Tom Nies)

4:00 Other Business

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