ASMFC Summer Meeting - August 7 - 9, 2018

The Westin Crystal City

1800 S. Eads Street
Arlington, VA 22202


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.


Board meeting proceedings will be broadcast daily via webinar beginning August 7th at 10:15 a.m. and continuing daily until the conclusion of the meeting (expected to be 1:45 p.m.) on August 9th. 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. Go here - - to regisetr for the webinar.

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 July 31, 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 Tuesday, July 31, 2018 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 Authorization Travel Voucher Travel Reimbursement Gudielines
Official Roster Proxy Form AP Nomination Form
Compact, Rules and Regulations ISFMP Charter Appeals Process
Conservation Equivalency Guidance Document Policy on Commissioner Financial Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Financial Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Forms
Stock Status Overview Assessment Schedule 2018 Summer Meeting Summary

Tuesday, August 7

8 - 10 AM

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

  • Consider Changes to the Appeals Process
  • Update on Right Whale Lawsuit
  • Update on Federal Appropriations
  • Discuss the Commission’s Role in Aquaculture Activities
  • Discuss Development and Use of Ecosystem Reports
  • Review White Paper on Future Scope of Recreational Data Collection Programs

10:15 AM - Noon & 1 - 2 PM

Atlantic Herring Section

  • Review and Consider Approval of 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment for Management Use
  • Discuss Recent New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) Action on 2018 Quotas
  • Reconsider the ASMFC 2018 Area 1A Sub-Annual Catch Limits
  • Provide Recommendation to NEFMC for 2019-2021 Fishery Specifications
2:15 - 3:15 PM NOAA Fisheries Presentation on Revised Recreational Catch Histories Resulting from Changes to the Marine Recreational Information Program Survey
3:30 - 5 PM

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Consider Postponed Motion from May Meeting: Move the Atlantic Menhaden Board recommend to the ISFMP Policy Board that the Commonwealth of Virginia be found out of compliance for not fully and effectively implementing and enforcing Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan if the State does not implement the following measure from Section 4.3.7 (Chesapeake Bay Reduction Fishery Cap) of Amenment 3: The annual total allowable harvest from the Chespaeake Bay by the reduction fishery is limited to no more than 51,000 mt. Motion by Mr. Batsavage and seconded by Mr. Estes.
  • Elect Vice-Chair

Wednesday, August 8

8 - 10:30 AM

American Eel Management Board 

  • Consider Addendum V for Final Approval
  • Review Maine Aquaculture Proposal
10:45 AM  - 12:15 PM

Atlantic Sturgeon Management Board

  • NOAA Fisheries Update on 5-year Status Review of the Endangered Species Act Listing and Recovery Plan
  • Review Technical Committee Report Regarding Highest Priority Data Sources for Stock Assessment
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
1 - 2:15 PM

Coastal Sharks Management Board

  • Review of Draft Addendum V for Adjusting Coastal Shark Regulations Annually
  • Update on NOAA Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Draft Amendment 11
  • Discuss Best Practices for Safe Handling and Release of Coastal Sharks from Shore Sites
2:30 - 4:30 PM

Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board

  • Working Group Progress Report on Strategic Plan for Black Sea Bass Management
  • Discuss Options for 2019 Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder Recreational Management
  • Consider Approval of 2017 Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance Reports for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass
4:45 - 5:30 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board  

  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
  • Update on the Benchmark Stock Assessment Progress
  • Elect Vice-Chair

Thursday, August 9

8 - 10:30 AM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Executive Committee Update
  • Review Annual Performance of the Stocks
  • Update on Risk and Uncertainty Policy
  • Discuss the Commission’s Role in Aquaculture Activities
  • Update on the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program
  • Update on the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Review Progress on Horseshoe Crab and Shad Benchmark Stock Assessments
  • Review Noncompliance Findings, If Necessary
10:30 - 11 AM

Business Session

  • Review Noncompliance Findings, If Necessary
11:15 AM - 1:45 PM

South Atlantic States/Federal Fisheries Management Board  

  • Review Progress on 2018 Traffic Light Analyses for Atlantic Croaker and Spot
  • Consider Postponed Motion to Initiate an Addendum to the Spot and Atlantic Croaker Fishery Management Plans that Incorporate the New Traffic Light Analyses and Management Responses to Those Analyses
  • Consider Approval of Public Information Document for Amendment 1 to the Cobia Fishery Management Plan for Public Comment
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports for Atlantic Croaker and Red Drum
  • Elect Vice-Chair