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The Council is ahead of schedule on its June meeting agenda.  Please note the following changes.

  • Wednesday, June 23:  The Council discussed three items on Wednesday morning that were originally scheduled for Thursday, June 24:  (1) Financial Disclosures and Recusal; (2) Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Requirements; and (3) the ICCAT Advisory Committee report.
  • Thursday, June 24:  The Council will begin the meeting at 9:00 a.m. with the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) presentation on Amendment 13, followed by the HMS Advisory Committee report. The Council then will take up the Skate Committee report, followed by the EBFM item and other business.  Here is the revised schedule for Thursday with approximate times.

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - REVISED

9:00 a.m. Highly Migratory Species (HMS) (Tom Warren, NOAA Fisheries)                      

9:40 HMS Advisory Panel and ICCAT Advisory Committee (Rick Bellavance)                      

10:00 Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)            

11:30 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) MSE Steering Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)                

12:30 p.m. Other Business 

Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 17, 2021 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:  Due to ongoing public safety considerations related to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted by webinar. Please continue to monitor this webpage for updates.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

9:00 a.m. 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, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

10:45 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)

11:00 Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful (Sam Rauch, NOAA Fisheries; Council staff)

11:30 Electronic Monitoring Procedural Directive (Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries; Executive Director Tom Nies)                      

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 Habitat Committee Report (Eric Reid; Peter Burns, GARFO; Andy Lipsky, NEFSC; Brian Hooker, BOEM)                   

3:00 Atlantic Sea Scallop Biological Opinion (Bill Barnhill, GARFO)

3:45 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)                 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

9:00 a.m. Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Rick Bellavance, SSC Chair Dr. Jason McNamee)

11:30 2021-2025 Council Research Priorities (Staff; SSC Chair Dr. Jason McNamee)                      

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break 

1:30 Groundfish Report (Terry Alexander; Dr. Mackenzie Mazur, GMRI; SSC Chair Dr. Jason McNamee)   

Thursday, June 24, 2021

9:00 a.m. Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)                      

11:00 Financial Disclosures and Recusal (Executive Director Tom Nies)                     

11:30 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) MSE Steering Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)                      

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break 

1:00 Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Requirements (Rick Bellavance)                      

1:30 Highly Migratory Species (HMS) (Tom Warren, NOAA Fisheries)                      

2:00 HMS Advisory Panel and ICCAT Advisory Committee (Rick Bellavance)                      

2:15 Other Business 

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