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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

9:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Council Chairman Rip Cunningham)

9:05 Reports on Recent Activities

Council Chairman, Executive Director, NMFS Acting Regional Administrator, NOAA General Counsel, Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, and representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement/VMS, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; John Weber from the Northeast Regional Ocean Council also will provide an update during this portion of the meeting

10: 50 Experimental Fishery Permit (EFP) Applications

11:00 Essential Fish Habitat Omnibus Amendment 2 Update

11:30 Research Steering Committee Report

Noon Open Period for Public Comment

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Response to the Touchstone Report on the New England Fisheries Management Process

2:45  Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) Update and Discussion)

3:45 Scallop Committee Report

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

8:00 a.m. Summary of the Findings of the Stock Assessment Workshop/Stock Assessment Review 53 Committee Meetings

9:30 Scientific and Statistical Committee Report

11:00 Marine Recreational Information Program Briefing

Noon Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Groundfish Committee Report

1:15 Groundfish Committee Reportcontinued until meeting adjournment

Thursday, February 2, 2012

8:30 a.m. Whiting Committee Report

11:00 Monkfish Committee Report

Noon Lunch Break

1:15 Briefing by NMFS Highly Migratory Species Division

2:15 Enforcement Committee Report

3:00 Other Business