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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, September 22, 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 September 2022 meeting at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester, MA. 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. 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, September 29, 2022 at 1:30 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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Monday, September 26, 2022

1:00 p.m. Introductions and Announcements (Council Chair Eric Reid)

1:05 Swearing-in of New and Reappointed Council Members (GARFO Regional Administrator Mike Pentony)

1:15 Election of 2022-2023 Officers

1:30 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, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel, South Atlantic Council Dolphin/Wahoo

3:30 Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) (Daniel Salerno)

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

9:00 a.m. Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (Captain Pete DeCola, Sanctuary Superintendent)

10:00 Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument (Dr. Cori Kane, NOAA Fisheries)

10:20 Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary (Council Executive Director Tom Nies)

10:40 Scallop Committee Report (Melanie Griffin; SSWG Co-Chairs Dr. Bill DuPaul and Peter Chase)

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:15 Scallop Committee Report Continued (Melanie Griffin)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

8:30 a.m. Closed Session (Council Chair Eric Reid) - Closed session to discuss internal administrative matters regarding policies for preventing harassment of Council staff and all other Council process participants

9:00 Atlantic Herring and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Winter Flounder Management Track Stock Assessments Peer Review (Dr. Jon Deroba and Dr. Tony Wood, NEFSC)

9:45 American Plaice Research Track Peer Review (Dr. Larry Alade, NEFSC)

10:15 Transboundary Management Guidance Committee Backgrounder (Council Staff)

11:00 Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (U.S. Co-Chair Dr. Talya ten Brink, NEFSC)

11:45 Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Report Part 1 (SSC Chair Dr. Lisa Kerr)

12:30 p.m. Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (U.S. Co-Chair Libby Etrie)

12:45 Lunch Break

2:00 Groundfish Committee Report (Rick Bellavance)

3:00 Atlantic Herring Committee Report and SSC Report Part 2 (Cheri Patterson; SSC Chair Dr. Lisa Kerr)

4:15 Habitat Committee Report (Council Chair Eric Reid)

Offshore Wind Informational Session: After the Council concludes its business for the day, fisheries liaisons from several offshore wind-energy development companies will host an informational meet-and-greet poster session. All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

9:00 a.m. NEFSC Northeast Fishery Monitoring and Research Division (Amy Martins, Acting Division Chief, NEFSC)

10:30 Monkfish Committee Report (Libby Etrie)

11:15 Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee (John Pappalardo)

12:00 Skate Report (Staff)

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)

1:50 Right Whale Speed Rule and Ropeless Fishing (Dr. Caroline Good, NOAA Fisheries; and Dr. Mike Asaro, NEFSC)

2:30 National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy (Russell Dunn, NOAA Fisheries)

3:15 Initial Discussion on 2023 Council Priorities (Executive Director Tom Nies)

4:45 Other Business

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