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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, November 30, 2023 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 December 2023 meeting at the Hotel Viking in Newport, RI. 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. Updates will be posted on the Council’s December 2023 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 5, 2023 at 11:45 a.m. should fill out the signup 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, December 5, 2023

9:30 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Council Chair Eric Reid)

9:35 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), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

11:15 Risk Policy Working Group Report (Megan Ware)

11:45 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)

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 East Coast Climate Coordination (Staff)

2:30 Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA Executive Director Dr. Reneé Reilly)

3:00 Habitat Committee Report (Council Chair Eric Reid)

4:15 NOAA Guidance to Councils on Financial Disclosures and Voting Recusals (Mitch MacDonald, NOAA GC)

5:00 Council Adjourns

6:00 Council Public Outreach - Informational exchange to foster open lines of communication among Council members, staff, industry, and meeting attendees; all are welcome; light snacks provided

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

9:00 a.m. September 2023 Management Track Stock Assessments (Dr. Mark Terceiro, NEFSC)

10:15 Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC Chair Dr. Lisa Kerr)

11:45 Skate Committee Report (Scott Olszewski)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Whiting Committee Report (Rick Bellavance)

2:30 Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin)

4:30 Northern Edge (Council Chair Eric Reid)

Thursday, December 7, 2023

9:00 a.m. Groundfish Committee Report (Rick Bellavance)

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:15 2024 Council Priorities (Executive Director Cate O’Keefe)

4:00 Other Business

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