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THIS IS A WEBINAR MEETING: Due to ongoing federal and state travel restrictions and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to COVID-19, the Council’s June 2020 meeting will be conducted by webinar. Please continue to monitor this webpage for additional information.

  • 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 Council’s Remote Participation Guide with instructions for how to provide oral comments during the webinar meeting.
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Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2020 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

**IMPORTANT UPDATE: Note that the timeslots for the Habitat Committee and Skate Committee reports have been revised.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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

9:10 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 (MAFMC), Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

11:00 Executive Order 13921 (Council Executive Director Tom Nies)

11:30 2020-2024 Council Research Priorities (Staff, SSC Chair Dr. Jason McNamee)

12:30 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)

12:45 Lunch Break

1:45 EBFM Committee Report (John Pappalardo; Paula and David Jasinski, Green Fin Studio)

3:45 Habitat Committee Report (Eric Reid; Brian Hooker, BOEM; Emily Farr, NOAA Fisheries; Dr. Lyndie Hice-Dunton, ROSA)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

8:30 a.m. Monkfish (Dr. Cate O’Keefe, Fishery Applications Consulting Team)

9:30 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie) 

3:00 Northeast Ocean Data Portal (Nick Napoli, NROC; Dr. Fiona Hogan, RODA)

3:15 Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Peter Kendall)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

8:30 a.m. Small-Mesh Multispecies (Whiting) Report (Rick Bellavance)

10:00 Atlantic Cod Stock Structure Peer Review (Dr. Rich McBride; Review Panel Chair Dr. Jake Kritzer)

11:30 Petition for Rulemaking on Atlantic Cod (GARFO Regional Administrator Mike Pentony)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 Groundfish Committee Report (Terry Stockwell)

4:30 Other Business

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