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Sending comments? Written comments must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 8 a.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019 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 comments@nefmc.org.

Monday, September 23, 2019

1:30 p.m. Introductions and Announcements (Chairman Dr. John Quinn)

1:35 Swearing-In of Reappointed Council Members (Sarah Heil, Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries)

1:45 Election of 2019-2020 Officers

2:05 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, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

3:30 Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Peter Kendall)

4:45 Alewife/Blueback Herring Endangered Species Act (ESA) Listing Decision (Jean Higgins, GARFO)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

8:30 a.m. Commercial Electronic Vessel Trip Reports (eVTRs) (Staff)

9:30 Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Report (SSC Vice Chair Dr. Lisa Kerr)

10:30 Monkfish Committee Report (Libby Etrie)

11:15 Deep-Sea Red Crab Report (Jessica Joyce, Tidal Bay Consulting)

11:45 Skate Committee Report (Dr. Matt McKenzie)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Committee Report (EBFM) (John Pappalardo)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

8:30 a.m. Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (Terry Alexander)

9:00 Groundfish Catch Share Program Review (Gulf of Maine Research Institute, MRAG Americas Inc.)

9:45 Enforcement Committee Report (Mark Godfroy)

10:45 NMFS Draft Policy Directive on EM Video Retention Periods (Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries; Council staff)

11:15 Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) Report (Tara Trinko Lake, NEFSC)

11:45 Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) Report (Terry Stockwell)

12:00 p.m. Groundfish Committee Report Part 1 (Terry Stockwell)

12:30 Lunch Break

1:45 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)

2:00 Groundfish Committee Report Part 2 (Terry Stockwell)
NOTE: During the Groundfish Committee report, the Council will not be approving the DEIS and selecting preliminary preferred alternatives for Amendment 23 as initially intended. Instead, the Council will use the time at this meeting to gain a detailed understanding of the alternatives and analyses in order to facilitate future decision-making.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8:30 a.m. 2020 Council Priorities – Initial Discussion (Executive Director Tom Nies)

9:45 Scallop Committee Report (Vincent Balzano)

12:00 p.m. Small-Mesh Multispecies (Whiting) Report (Terry Alexander)

12:45 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45 Habitat Committee Report (Doug Grout)

3:15 Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP), ICCAT Advisory Committee (Rick Bellavance)

3:30 Other Business

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