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Public Comment Guidelines

With the intent of developing policies in the Commission’s procedures for public participation that result in a fair opportunity for public input, the ISFMP Policy Board has approved the following guidelines for use at management board meetings:

For issues that are not on the agenda, management boards will continue to provide opportunity to the public to bring matters of concern to the board’s attention at the start of each board meeting. Board chairs will use a speaker sign-up list in deciding how to allocate the available time on the agenda (typically 10 minutes) to the number of people who want to speak.

For topics that are on the agenda, but have not gone out for public comment, board chairs will provide limited opportunity for comment, taking into account the time allotted on the agenda for the topic. Chairs will have flexibility in deciding how to allocate comment opportunities; this could include hearing one comment in favor and one in opposition until the chair is satisfied further comment will not provide additional insight to the board.

For agenda action items that have already gone out for public comment, it is the Policy Board’s intent to end the occasional practice of allowing extensive and lengthy public comments. Currently, board chairs have the discretion to decide what public comment to allow in these circumstances.

In addition, the following timeline has been established for the submission of written comment for issues for which the Commission has NOT established a specific public comment period (i.e., in response to proposed management action).

  1. Comments received 3 weeks prior to the start of a meeting week will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5:00 PM on the Tuesday, October 10, 2017 will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting and a limited number of copies will be provided at the meeting.
  3. Following the Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:00 PM deadline, the commenter will be responsible for distributing the information to the management board prior to the board meeting or providing enough copies for the management board consideration at the meeting (a minimum of 50 copies).

The submitted comments must clearly indicate the commenter’s expectation from the ASMFC staff regarding distribution.  As with other public comment, it will be accepted via mail, fax, and email.

General Background Materials

Travel Reimbursement Guidelines Travel Authorization Travel Voucher
Official Roster Proxy Form AP Nomination Form
Compact, Rules & Regulations ISFMP Charter ASMFC Appeals Process
Conservation Equivalency Guidance Document Roberts Rules of Order 2017 Summer Meeting Summary
Financial Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy & Form Stock Status Overview Assessment Schedule

Preliminary Agenda

October 16
8:30 - 10 a.m. Plenary Session
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

American Lobster Management Board

  • Working Group Report on Future Management of Southern New England Stock
  • Update on Development of Lobster Draft Addenda XXVI and XXVII
  • Fishery Management Plan Reviews for American Lobster and Jonah Crab
1 - 5 p.m.

Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) Steering Committee

  • Prioritize Whitewater to Bluewater Conservation Areas
  • Discuss Prioritization of Southeast Fish Habitat Conservation Areas (GIS Mapping Project)
  • Prioritize FY2018 National Fish Habitat Action Plan Project Applications
  • Discuss ACFHP Website Update
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Tautog Management Board

  • Draft Amendment 1 for Final Approval
    • Review Regional Proposals
    • Consider Remaining Issues in the Draft
    • Consider Final Approval of Draft Amendment 1
  • Consider 2017 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance
3 - 3:45 p.m.

Spiny Dogfish Management Board

  • Review and Set  Fishery Specifications for the 2018/2019 Season
  • Consider 2017 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance
4 - 5 p.m.

Atlantic Herring Section

  • Set the 2018 Atlantic Herring Specifications for Area 1A
  • Discuss New England Fishery Management Council Participation
6 - 9 p.m. Welcome Reception
October 17
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Shad & River Herring Management Board

  • Discuss Shad Stock Assessment Update Process Recommendations
  • Consider Approval of Shad and River Herring Sustainable Fishery Management Plans (SFMP)
    • Technical Committee Report
      • Potomac River Fisheries Commission – Updated Shad SFMP
      • North Carolina – Updated Shad SFMP
      • South Carolina – Updated Shad SFMP
      • Georgia – Updated Shad SFMP
      • Virginia –Bycatch Plan
  • Consider 2017 Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ACFHP Steering Committee (continued)
9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Horseshoe Crab Management Board

  • Review Results of Eel and Whelk Bait Practices Survey
    • Evaluate Alternative, “Reduced” Horseshoe Crab Bait Practices Relative to Those Used in the Fisheries
  • Populate Advisory Panel Membership
  • Update on 2018 Stock Assessment
  • Set Harvest Specifications for 2018
    • Review Horseshoe Crab and Red Knot Indices of Abundance for 2017 Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) Model Runs
    • Review Results of 2017 ARM Model Runs
  • Review Results of ARM Model Runs Incorporating Biomedical Data
  • Consider 2017 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
1 - 5 p.m.

Law Enforcement Committee (LEC)
(A portion of this meeting will be a closed session fro committee members only)

  • Call to Order/Roll Call of the LEC representatives
  • Approval of Agenda and May 2017 Minutes
  • Public Comment
  • Review and Discussion of American Lobster Management Issues
  • Review and Discussion of Draft Cobia FMP
  • Review and Discussion of other ASMFC managed species
  • Review of 2017 Action Plan Results and Proposed 2018 Tasks
  • Review and Discussion of Ongoing Enforcement Issues (CLOSED SESSION)
  • Federal and State Agency Reports
  • Review and Discussion of New Member Orientation Process
  • Review of Changes to Enforceability Guidelines Matrix
  • Election of New Chair and Vice Chair
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Coastal Sharks Management Board

  • Highly Migratory Species Amendment 5b
    • Review of Relevant State-specific Measures that have been Implemented
    • Technical Committee Report on the Request to Improve Cooperative Research
    • Law Enforcement Committee Report on All Proposed Measures
    • Consider Complementary Measures
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

American Eel Management Board

  • American Eel Stock Assessment Update
  • Working Group Presentation on Allocation Issues
  • Consider 2018 Glass Eel Quota for Maine
4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) Coordinating Council

  • Program Update
  • Committee Update
  • Consider Approval of Recommendations of FY2018 Submitted Proposals
  • Integrated Reporting Workshop Report Presentation
  • Election of Chair and Vice Chair
6:30 - 9 p.m. Annual Dinner
October 18
8 - 10 a.m.

Executive Committee
(A portion of this meeting may be a closed session for committee members and Commisisoners only)

  • Consider Approval of FY17 Audit
  • Consider the Continued Need for Technical Meeting Weeks
8:30 a.m. - Noon Law Enforcement Committee (continued)
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Habitat Committee

  • Determine New Language for ASMFC Habitat of Particular Concern Designations
  • Finalize Recommendations for Goal 4 of 2018 Action Plan
  • Review Progress on Habitat Hotline Atlantic
  • Discuss the Habitat Committee Communications Strategy
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Atlantic Sturgeon Management Board

  • 2017 Benchmark Assessment
    • Presentation of Benchmark Assessment Report
    • Presentation of Peer Review Panel Report
    • Consider Acceptance of Benchmark Assessment and Peer Review Panel Report for Management Use
    • Consider Management Response to Benchmark Assessment and Peer Review Report
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Captian David H. Hart Award Luncheon
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Business Session

  • Consider Approval of 2018 Action Plan
  • Elect Chair and Vice Chair
2:30 - 4 p.m. Commissioner Workshop: ACCSP Data Collection and Management Efforts
4:15 - 6 p.m.

Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board

  • Draft Addendum XXX for Board Review
  • Review Preliminary 2017 Recreational Harvest Estimates
  • Consider 2017 Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance Reports
October 19  
8 - 9:15 a.m.

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Discuss Direction of Management and the Type(s) of Biological Reference Points to Pursue for the 2018 Benchmark Assessment
  • Consider 2017 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance
  • Elect Chair and Vice-Chair
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Review Risk and Uncertainty Workgroup Progress: Appling a Risk Policy Using Striped Bass as an Example
  • Review and Consider Committee on Economics and Social Sciences’ (CESS) Recommendation to Change the ISFMP Charter Guidance on CESS Membership
  • Committee Reports: Law Enforcement, Habitat, and ACFHP
11:30 a.m. - Noon

Business Session

  • Consider Final Approval of Northern Shrimp and Tautog Amendments
  • Consider Non-compliance Recommendations (If Necessary)
12:30 - 3 p.m.

South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board

  • Consider Cobia Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Final Approval
    • Review Public Comment
    • Advisory Panel Report
  • Progress Update on Traffic Light Analyses for Atlantic Croaker and Spot
  • Consider 2017 FMP Reviews and State Compliance Reports for Red Drum, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Spanish Mackerel
  • Discuss Removal of Spotted Seatrout from Commission Management