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

Open Period for Public Comment – Sign Up Now: On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 1:30 p.m., the Council will give the public an opportunity to provide brief comments on issues relevant to Council business but not listed on the agenda. Interested in speaking? Email Janice Plante at to get on the list.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

9:00 a.m. Introductions and Announcements (Acting Chairman Eric Reid)

9:10 Swearing-in of New and Reappointed Council Members (GARFO Regional Administrator Mike Pentony)

9:20 Election of 2021-2022 Officers

9:40 Reports on Recent Activities - Council Acting 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 (ASMFC), U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

11:30 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) (Executive Director Tom Nies)

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

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

3:00 Atlantic Herring Committee Report (Rick Bellavance)                       

5:00 NS 1 Draft Tech Memo on Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for Data-Limited Stocks (Executive Director Tom Nies)          

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

9:00 a.m. Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) (Dr. Mike Sissenwine)                        

9:15 SSC Social Science Subpanel Review of Recent Groundfish and Scallop Frameworks (Dr. Lindsey Williams)            

10:00 Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin)                      

11:30 Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) (Tara Trinko Lake)                      

12:00 p.m. Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Report (SSC Chair Dr. Jason McNamee)    

12:15 Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) Report (Libby Etrie)                      

12:30 Lunch Break 

1:30 Groundfish Committee Report (Rick Bellavance)                    

4:15 Skate Committee Report (Libby Etrie)                  

4:45 Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) (Dr. Mike Sissenwine)                      

Thursday, September 30, 2021

9:00 a.m. Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee Report (John Pappalardo)

10:00 Habitat Committee Report (Eric Reid)                      

10:45 Monkfish Committee Report (Libby Etrie)                      

11:15 Peer Review Report on June 2021 Management Track Stock Assessments (Dr. Mark Terceiro, NEFSC)      

11:45 Whiting Committee Report (Rick Bellavance)                  

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 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)

1:45 2022 Council Priorities – Initial Discussion (Executive Director Tom Nies)

2:45 Other Business

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