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Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 8 a.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018 to be considered at this meeting. Please address comments to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies at: NEFMC, 50 Water St., Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Email submissions should be sent to

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Chairman Dr. John Quinn)

9:05 Reports on Recent Activities - Council Chairman, 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, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement

10:30 Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)

11:15 Council Program Review (Executive Director Tom Nies)

12:00 Observer Policy/Industry-Funded Monitoring (IFM) Committee Report (Libby Etrie)

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 Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Peter Kendall)

5:00 Atlantic Herring Amendment 8 Public Hearing (Peter Kendall)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

8:30 a.m. Fisheries Allocation Policy Directive (Executive Director Tom Nies)

9:15 Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFSC)

10:15 Groundfish Committee Report (Terry Stockwell)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Groundfish Committee Report Continued

2:45 Research Set-Aside Program Review (Dr. Mike Sissenwine)

3:00 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)

4:15 Regulatory Reform Initiative (Deputy Director Chris Kellogg)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

8:30 a.m. Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) (Dr. Lisa Kerr; John Pappalardo)

10:00 Habitat Committee Report (Doug Grout)

12:00 Northeast Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) Stock Assessment Process (Deputy Director Chris Kellogg)

12:45 p.m. Other Business

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