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Don’t forget! If you want to speak during opportunities for public comment, you need to: (1) register for the webinar; and (2) actually “join” the webinar. People who call in by telephone without joining the webinar will be in listen-only mode. Those who take both steps – register and then join the webinar – will see the meeting screen and be able to click on a “raise hand” button, which will let the meeting organizer know you want to be unmuted to speak.

  • Here is the updated Remote Participation Guide” with instructions for how to provide oral comments during the webinar meeting.

IMPORTANT:  The Groundfish Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in advance of the full Council meeting.  The committee meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m.  When the committee concludes its business and adjourns, the full Council will convene and immediately take up the Groundfish Committee Report.

SAME WEBINAR LINK: The Council will use the same webinar link posted above for both the Groundfish Committee meeting and the full Council meeting.

  • The joint agenda for the Groundfish Committee’s January 26, 2021 meeting and the New England Council’s January 26-28, 2021 meeting is posted HERE.
  1. Meeting Memo
  2. Agenda
  3. Committee Meeting Documents

The Groundfish Committee will:

  • Receive the Groundfish Advisory Panel’s latest report;
  • Discuss and vote on the last component of Framework Adjustment 61 – a proposed universal sector exemption to allow fishing for redfish;
  • Receive the Recreational Advisory Panel’s latest report;
  • Discuss and develop recommendations on fishing year 2021 recreational measures for Gulf of Maine cod and Gulf of Maine haddock;
  • Receive a summary of public feedback on developing a strawman proposal for a potential limited entry program for party/charter vessels in the recreational groundfish fishery plus discuss the proposal and next steps;
  • Receive an update on work to revise acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rules for groundfish stocks;
  • Receive an update on Cod Stock Structure Working Groups; and
  • Discuss other business as needed.