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Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 8:00 a.m., Thursday, October 22, 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: Due to ongoing federal and state travel restrictions and public safety guidelines related to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted by webinar. Please continue to monitor the Council’s October 2020 meeting webpage.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:  The Council’s “Guidelines for Providing Public Comments” can be found here.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

12:30 p.m. Introductions and Announcements (Chairman Dr. John Quinn)

12:40 Abbreviated Reports on Recent Activities - Council Chairman, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) Regional Administrator, and Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)

1:00 2021 Council Priorities and Response to Executive Order 13921 (Executive Director Tom Nies)
Discuss and approve final 2021 Council Priorities; identify and approve list of actions responding to the May 7, 2020 Executive Order 13921, Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth

4:45 Other Business
Consider a change to 2020 groundfish priorities that, within Framework Adjustment 61, would: (1) add a universal sector exemption allowing fishing for redfish, and (2) remove investigating ways to increase Georges Bank haddock utilization; discuss other business as needed

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