The Roosevelt Hotel
Madison Avenue @ 45th Street
New York, NY

Preliminary Agenda

The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon at the meeting. The final agenda will include additional items and may revise the bulleted items provided below. 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.

Annual Meeting Registration

All of the business meetings scheduled during this week (with the exception of closed sessions) are open to the public, free of charge. However, if you plan on attending any of the Annual Meeting social events, please help us prepare for these events by registering early.  Payment is not required until you arrive at the meeting; however, we ask that you please assist us in planning for the meeting by registering as soon as possible. You may register by submitting the registration form to Lisa Hartman by October 15. After October 15th, late fees will apply.

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 October 16, 2018 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 October 16, 2018 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

 

 

October 21

6 - 8 PM Hosts' Reception (Tentative)

October 22

9 AM  - Noon

American Lobster Management Board

  • Update on the Atlantic Right Whale Section 7 Consultation on the American Lobster Fishery
  • Review Recommendations from the October 2019 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting
  • Review American Lobster Addendum XXVII Timeline
  • Discuss Implementation of Addendum XXVI
  • Progress Update from the American Lobster Electronic Tracking and Reporting Subcommittees
  • Progress Update on the American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance Reports for American Lobster and Jonah Crab

1 - 3 PM

Atlantic Herring Section

  • Review 2018 Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Workshop/Stock Assessment Review Committee Peer Review Report
    • Review and Consider Approval of Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report for Management Use
  • Discuss White Paper on Atlantic Herring Spawning Protections
  • Update on 2019-2021 Fishery Specifications
3:15 - 4:15 PM

American Eel Management Board

  • Presentation on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Workshop and Discuss Next Steps
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
6:30 - 8 PM Welcome Reception

October 23

8 - 10:15 AM

Strategic Planning Workshop
10:15 - 11:15 AM

Business Session

  • Review and Consider Approval of the 2019 Action Plan
  • Elect Chair and Vice-Chair
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Coastal Sharks Management Board

  • Review and Consider Addendum V for Final Approval
  • Review Proposed 2019 Coastal Sharks Fishery Specifications
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
12:30 - 5 PM

Law Enforcement Committee

  • Review 2018 Action Plan and New Tasks for 2019
  • Progress Report on Enforcement of the Offshore American Lobster Fishery
  • Update on American Eel Addendum V and State Aquaculture Proposals
  • Review Federal Transit Zone Proposal for Striped Bass in Block Island Sound
  • Review Transit Zone Proposal for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass
  • Review Tautog Commercial Tagging Program
  • Review ASMFC Managed Species
  • Review Ongoing Enforcement Issues (Closed Session)
  • Federal and State Agency Reports
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Spiny Dogfish Management Board

  • Review 2018 Stock Assessment Update
  • Set Spiny Dogfish 2019-2021 Fishery Specifications
  • Discuss Adjustments to Federal Commercial Trip Limit
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
2:45 - 4 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Review Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Lifting the Ban on Atlantic Striped Bass Fishing in the Federal Block Island Sound Transit Zone
  • Update on North Carolina Cooperative Winter Tagging Program
  • Progress Update on the Benchmark Stock Assessment
4:15 - 5:15 PM

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Review Status of the 2018 Fishery
6:15 - 9 PM Annual Dinner

October 24

8 - 10 AM

Executive Committee

  • Consider Approval of FY18 Audit
  • Discuss Priorities for Use of Plus-up Funding
  • Consider Changes to the Appeals Process
  • Appointment of Aquaculture Committee
  • Report from the Awards Committee
8:30 AM - Noon Law Enforcement Committee (continued)
10:15 - 11 AM

Weakfish Management Board

  • Review Technical Committee Report on Commercial Discards
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
  • Elect Vice-Chair
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Horseshoe Crab Management Board

  • Set 2019 Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Fishery Specifications
  • Progress Update on the Horseshoe Crab Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
12:15 - 1:30 PM Captain David H. Hart Award Luncheon
1:30 - 3:30 PM

Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board

  • Consider Approval of Draft Addendum XXXII (2019 Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder Recreational Management) for Public Comment
  • Progress Update on Black Sea Bass Commercial Working Group
3:45 - 4:45 PM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statitistics Program Coordinating Council

  • Program/Committee Updates
  • Progress Report on SAFIS Redesign
  • Consider Recommendations of FY2019 Submitted Proposals
  • Clarify Funding Decision Process
  • Discuss Formation of Data Reporting Committee on Data Accountability

October 25

8 - 9 AM

Tautog Management Board

  • Progress Update on Development of the Commercial Harvest Tagging Program
  • Technical Committee Report on Biological Sampling Requirements
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
9:15 - 10:15 AM

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Technical Committee Report on Inconsistencies Involving Monitoring Requirements of Amendments 2 and 3
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Update from the Executive Committee
  • Progress Update on Risk and Uncertainty Workgroup
  • Review Recommendations of the October 2019 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting and Possible Impact to Commission Species
  • Review and Consider Approval of the Stock Assessment Schedule
  • Update on the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
    • Law Enforcement Committee
  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (If Necessary)
12:15 - 12:30 PM

Business Session

  • Review Noncompliance Findings (If Necessary)
1:30 - 3 PM

South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board

  • Review Public Comment Summary for Cobia Draft Amendment 1 Public Information Document
  • Provide Guidance to the Cobia Plan Development Team on Options for Inclusion in Draft Amendment 1
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance Reports for Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Spanish Mackerel