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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 22, 2023 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 2023 meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, ME. A webinar option will be available 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. Please participate remotely if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or do not feel well. Updates will be posted on the Council’s June 2023 meeting 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 Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 12:00 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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

9:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Council Chair Eric Reid)

9:05 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

10:30 CCC Subcommittee on Area-Based Management (Council Chair Eric Reid)

11:00 Skate Committee Report (Scott Olszewski)

12:00 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)

12:15 Lunch Break

1:30 Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Cheri Patterson)

3:15 National Standard 4, 8, and 9 Guidelines (Kelly Denit, NOAA Fisheries)

4:30 National Standard 1 Technical Guidance for Reference Points and Status Determinations (Staff)

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

9:00 a.m. GARFO/NEFSC Draft Strategic Plan (GARFO Regional Administrator Mike Pentony)

9:30 Groundfish Committee Report (Council Vice Chair Rick Bellavance; SSC Chair Dr. Lisa Kerr)

12:00 p.m. Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program Working Group (Libby Etrie)

12:30 Lunch Break

1:45 Monkfish/Dogfish Joint Action to Reduce Atlantic Sturgeon Bycatch (Libby Etrie)

3:15 Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program (Gray Redding, NFWF Fisheries Conservation Program Manager)

3:45 East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning (Staff)

Thursday, June 29, 2023

9:00 a.m. Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee (John Pappalardo; Dr. Gavin Fay, UMass-Dartmouth SMAST; SSC Subpanel Chair Dr. Sam Truesdell)

11:15 Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 Habitat Committee Report (Council Chair Eric Reid; BOEM)

3:00 Risk Policy Working Group (Megan Ware)

3:30 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) (Karyl Brewster-Geisz, NOAA Fisheries; Council Vice Chair Rick Bellavance; Mike Pierdinock)

4:30 Other Business

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