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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, January 27, 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

IMPORTANT:  Due to ongoing public safety considerations related to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted by webinar. 

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 February 2, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. should email Janice Plante at to get on the list.

EMERGENCY ACTION:  Please note that the Council will discuss a request for secretarial emergency action related to the Great South Channel Habitat Management Area under the Habitat Committee report.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

10:00 a.m. 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)

12:00 p.m. Skate Committee Report (Scott Olszewski)                  

12:30 Lunch Break

1:45 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Report (John Pappalardo)         

2:15 Habitat Committee Report (Council Chair Eric Reid) 

4:30 Closed Session (Council Chair Eric Reid)                      

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

9:00 a.m. Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin)                      

10:30 Atlantic Sturgeon Bycatch Working Group (Spencer Talmage, GARFO)                      

11:15 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) (Rick Bellavance; Sarah McLaughlin, NOAA Fisheries)                      

12:00 p.m. 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 Lunch Break 

1:30 Congressional Update (Dave Whaley)             

2:30 Atlantic Mackerel (Jason Didden, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council staff)

3:15 East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning (Staff)          

Thursday, February 3, 2022

9:00 a.m. Groundfish Committee Report (Rick Bellavance; Dr. Russ Brown, NEFSC; Dr. Erik Chapman, UNH; Dr. Lisa Kerr, GMRI)                      

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break 

1:30 Groundfish Committee Report Continued 

3:30 Other Business 
(1) Approve Council comment letter on the American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas, which is part of the America the Beautiful initiative under Executive Order 14008; (2) approve Council comment letter on the five-year review of the nomination for Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary; and (3) address other business as needed

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