ASMFC Summer Meeting - August 1 - 3, 2017

The Westin Alexandria

400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

703.253.8600

Final Agenda

The agenda is subject to change. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for scheduled Board meetings. The Commission may adjust this agenda in accordance with the actual duration of Board meetings. Interested parties should anticipate Boards starting earlier or later than indicated herein.

For ease of access, all Board/Section meeting documents have been combined into two documents - Main Meeting Materials 1 (which includes all of the meeting materials for August 1 through the American Eel Board on August 2) and Main Meeting Materials 2 (which inlcudes Atlantic Menhaden Board materials and all meeting materials for August 3). Links to individual board/committee materials can be found below.

Live-Streaming

Board meeting proceedings will be broadcast daily via webinar beginning August 1st at 9:45 a.m. and continuing daily until the conclusion of the meeting (expected to be 4:30 p.m.) on Thursday, August 3rd. The webinar will allow registrants to listen to board/section deliberations and view presentations and motions as they occur. No comments or questions will be accepted via the webinar. Should technical difficulties arise while streaming the broadcast the boards/sections will continue their deliberations without interruption. We will attempt to resume the broadcast as soon as possible. Please go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3016985523909460737 to register.

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 July 25, 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, July 25, 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 Spring Meeting Summary
Financial Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy & Form Stock Status Overview Assessment Schedule

Final Agenda

August 1
8 – 9:30 a.m.

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

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Grout)
  • Committee Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Meeting Summary from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Discuss Council/Commission Line in NOAA Budget
  • Discuss the Secretary of Commerce Decision Regarding New Jersey Summer Flounder Recreational Measures
  • Discuss Executive Director’s Contract Renewal (Closed Session)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(with 30 minute lunch break from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.) 

South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Estes)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Review and Consider Cobia Draft Fishery Management Plan for Public Comment (L. Daniel) Action
  • 2017 Spot Benchmark Stock Assessment Final Action
    • Presentation of Benchmark Assessment Report (C. McDonough)
    • Presentation of Peer Review Panel Report (P. Campfield)
    • Consider Acceptance of Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report for Management Use
    • Consider Management Response to Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report (J. Estes)
  • Consider 2017 Traffic Light Analyses for Atlantic Croaker and Spot (C. McDonough)
    • Review 2017 Traffic Light Analyses
    • Progress Update on Exploratory Analyses for Incorporation of Additional Indices and Adjustments to the Atlantic Croaker Traffic Light Analysis
  • Consider 2017 Atlantic Croaker FMP Review and State Compliance (M. Schmidtke) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council

  • Welcome/Introductions (R. Boyles, Jr.)
  • Public Comment*
  • Council Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • ACCSP Status Report (M. Cahall)
    • Program Updates
    • Committee Updates
  • Review and Consider Approval of the Marine Recreational Information Program Atlantic Regional Implementation Plan (G. White) Action
  • Recreational Data Collection: Changes on the Horizon (G. White)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

See Public Comment Guidelines: http://www.accsp.org/sites/all/themes/aqua/File/ACCSP_PublicCommentPolicyOct2013.pdf

3 – 6 p.m.

American Lobster Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Borden)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Consider American Lobster Addendum XXV for Final Approval Final Action
    • Presentation of Proposals from Lobster Conservation Management Teams (LCMT) 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
    • Technical Committee Report on LCMT Proposals (K. Reardon)
    • Consider Final Approval of Addendum XXV
  • State and Federal Inconsistencies in Lobster Conservation Management Area 4 Season Closure  (M. Ware) Possible Action
  • American Lobster Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Subcommittee Report (M. Ware) Possible Action
  • Update on Development of American Lobster Draft Addendum XXVI (M. Ware)
  • Law Enforcement Committee Report on American Lobster Chain of Custody (M. Robson)
  • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement Draft Enforcement Priorities 2018-2022 (M. Ware) Possible Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
August 2
8 – 10 a.m.

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Clark)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Review Update for River Herring Stock Assessment (B. Chase)
  • Review Update for Shad Stock Assessment Timeline (J. Kipp)
  • Consider Approval of Shad and River Herring Sustainability Fishery Management Plans (SFMPs) Final Action
  • Review SFMPs and Technical Committee Memo (B. Chase)
    • South Carolina: Updated River Herring SFMP
    • Florida: Updated Shad SFMP
  • Consider Approval of 2016 FMP Review and State Compliance Reports (K. Rootes-Murdy) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

 American Eel Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Clark)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from January 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Consider North Carolina Glass Eel Aquaculture Plan for 2018 (K. Rootes-Murdy) Action
    • Technical Committee Report
    • Law Enforcement Committee Report (M. Robson)
  • Consider 2016 Yellow Eel Landings Overage and Coastwide Cap (K. Rootes-Murdy) Possible Action
  • Consider 2016 American Eel FMP Review and State Compliance (K. Rootes-Murdy)Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
11:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m
(with 1 hour lunch break from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (R. Ballou)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Review 2017 Atlantic Menhaden Stock Assessment Update (J. McNamee)
  • Biological Ecological Reference Point Work Group Report (S. Madsen)
    • Review of Hilborn, et al (2017) Paper
  • Consider Draft Amendment 3 for Public Comment Action
    • Biological Ecological Reference Point Workgroup Report on Interim Reference Points (K. Drew)
    • Review of Management Issues and Alternatives (M. Ware)
    • Plan Development Team Report on New York Proposal to Recalibrate Landings (M. Ware)
    • Advisory Panel Report (J. Kaelin)
  • Set 2018 Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Specifications Final Action
    • Overview of Specification Process (M. Ware)
    • Technical Committee Report (J. McNamee)
    • Advisory Panel Report (J. Kaelin)
  • Update on 2017 Episodic Events Set Aside (M. Ware)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
August 3
8 – 11:15 a.m.

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Grout)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Update from the State Director’s Meeting and Executive Committee (D. Grout)
  • Review and Consider New Jersey Appeal of Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan Final Action
    • Postponed Motion: Move to postpone the New Jersey Appeal of the Summer Flounders, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Addendum XXVIII until the Summer/August ISFMP Policy Board Meeting. Motion by Mr. Nowalsky; Second by Mr. Keliher. 
  • Discuss the Secretary of Commerce Decision Regarding New Jersey Summer Flounder Recreational Measures
  • Review of the Annual Performance of the Stocks (T. Kerns)
  • Discuss New England Fishery Management Council Participation on the Atlantic Herring Section(T. Kerns) Possible Action
  • Review and Consider Approval of Standard Meeting Practices (T. Kerns) Action
  • Progress Update on the 2017 Atlantic Sturgeon Benchmark Stock Assessment (K. Drew)
  • Review and Consider Approval of the Assessment Schedule (S. Madsen) Action
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Habitat and Artificial Reefs (L. Havel) Action
    • Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (L. Havel)
  • Review Non-compliance Findings (if necessary) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Business Session

  • Welcome/Introductions (D. Grout)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Review Non-compliance Findings (if necessary) Final Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
(with 25 minute lunch break from 12:30 - 12:55 p.m.)

Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (M. Luisi)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Summer Flounder Recreational Working Group Report (K. Rootes-Murdy) Possible Action
  • Review of 2017 Black Sea Bass Recreational Measures (K. Rootes-Murdy) Possible Action
  • Black Sea Bass Recreational Working Group Report (K. Rootes-Murdy)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
2 – 4:30 p.m.

Tautog Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (A. Nowalsky)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from May 2017
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Amendment 1 for Final Approval Final Action
    • Review Public Comment and Review Management Options (T. Kerns)
    • Advisory Panel Report
    • Law Enforcement Report (J. Snellbaker)
    • Consider Final Approval of Amendment 1
  • Elect Vice-Chair Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn