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Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) office no later than 8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2022 to be considered at this meeting. Please address comments to Council Chair Eric Reid or Executive Director Tom Nies at: NEFMC, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Email submissions should be sent to ** Written comments must address items listed on the agenda for this meeting or issues that will be brought up under the open period for public comment.

IMPORTANT: The Council will hold its June 2022 meeting at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, ME. This will be a hybrid meeting with in-person participation, coupled with a webinar option for individuals who cannot or prefer not to attend in person. The Council continues to follow all public safety measures related to COVID-19 and intends to do so for this meeting. The Council is encouraging all in-person participants to wear masks in the meeting room except when seated. Additional spacing between seats will be provided to allow for social distancing. Please participate remotely if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or do not feel well. Updates will be posted on this webpage.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: The Council’s “Guidelines for Providing Public Comments” can be found here. Anyone interested in speaking during the open period for public comment on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 2:45 p.m. should fill out the sign-up sheet on the table at the entrance to the Council meeting room. To speak remotely, email Janice Plante at to get on the list.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

9:00 a.m. Reports on Recent Activities - Council Chair, 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 (ASMFC), U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, ICCAT Advisory Committee, Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel, Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP)

11:00 CCC Subcommittee on Area-Based Management (Council Chair Eric Reid)

11:30 Northeast Climate Regional Action Plan (Dr. Vince Saba, NEFSC; Dr. Lisa Kerr, SSC Chair; Tom Nies, Council Executive Director)

12:15 p.m. East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning (Staff)

12:45 Lunch Break

2:00 Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Cheri Patterson)

3:30 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee (John Pappalardo; Tom Balf, Oceanvest)

4:15 2022-2026 Council Research Priorities (Staff; SSC Chair Dr. Lisa Kerr)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

9:00 a.m. National Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy (Dr. Matt Cutler, NEFSC)

9:30 2023 State-Space Modeling Research Track Assessment (Dr. Tim Miller, NEFSC)

10:15 Monkfish Committee Report (Libby Etrie)

11:45 Eastern Georges Bank and Georges Bank Haddock Research Track Assessment (Dr. Russ Brown, NEFSC)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Groundfish Committee Report (Rick Bellavance; Dr. Lisa Kerr, SSC Chair, GMRI)

3:45 Groundfish Sectors (Jackie Odell, Northeast Seafood Coalition; Hank Soule and David Leveille, Sector Managers)

Thursday, June 30, 2022

9:00 a.m. Atlantic Sturgeon Bycatch Working Group (Spencer Talmage, GARFO)

9:30 Habitat Committee Report (Council Chair Eric Reid)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Marisa Trego, GARFO)

2:15 Ropeless Fishing (Henry Milliken, NEFSC)

2:45 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)

3:00 Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin)

4:30 Other Business

  • Discuss NOAA scoping process to consider designating a national marine sanctuary in the Hudson Canyon area, as well as factors that will contribute to the determination; approve Council comments

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