ASMFC Winter Meeting - February 5-7, 2019

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.

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 January 29, 2019 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, January 29, 2019 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






Preliminary Agenda

9 - 11:15 AM

Atlantic Herring Management Board

  • Review and Consider Draft Addendum II for Public Comment
  • Advisory Panel Report on Flexibility in Setting Area 1A Specifications
  • Update on Draft Addendum III and New England Fishery Management Council 2019 Priorities
  • Consider Postponed Motion from October 2018:
    • Move to initiate an Addendum which considers providing the Atlantic Herring Board greater flexibility to set annual quota period specifications for the Area 1A fishery. This issue can be included in the addendum initiated regarding the Gulf of Maine herring spawning protections, or it can be a separate document.  Task the PDT to expand the quota period options to increase flexibility when distributing harvest during the months of July through September. However, in years of higher sub-ACLs, choose options that would allow for expansion of harvest to meet the needs of the market.

      Move to postpone the motion until the AP can be convened to discuss options for greater flexibility for Area 1A allocations.  Motion made by Adam Nowalsky and seconded by Emerson Hasbrouck. Motion carried (7 in favor, 2 opposed)
  • Set Specifications for the 2019 Fishing Year
11:30 AM - Noon

Winter Flounder Management Board

  • Set Specifications for 2019 Fishing Year
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board

  • Consider Approval of Scup Proposals for 2019 Recreational Measures
  • 2019 Black Sea Bass Recreational Measures
    • Consider Approval of Status Quo Measures
    • Consider Methodology Adjusting 2019 Recreational Measures
  • Report from Black Sea Bass Commercial Working Group
2:45 - 5 PM

American Lobster Management Board

  • Report from the Right Whale Working Group
  • Report from the American Lobster Enforcement Vessel Working Group
  • Review Implementation of the Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan for Delaware and New York
  • Progress Update on the American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment

February 6

8 - 10 AM

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

  • Federal Budget Update
  • Discuss Priorities for Use of Remaining Plus-up Funding
  • Update on Aquaculture Activities
  • Discuss Use and Structure of Management Board Working Groups
  • Finalize Awards Committee Standard Operating Procedures and Policies
10 - 11 AM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council

  • Review Results of Data Accountability Survey
  • Progress Update on eTrips/Mobile Version 2 Preparations to Support For-hire eVTRs in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
  • Progress Update on Access Point Angler Intercept Survey Tablet Deployment
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board

  • Progress Update on Development of Draft Amendment 1 to the Cobia Fishery Management Plan
    • Provide Additional Guidance to the Cobia Plan Development Team on Options to be Included in Draft Amendment 1
  • Consider Approval of 2018 Spot Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance Reports
12:15 - 1:15 PM Legislators and Governors' Appointees Luncheon
1:15 - 2:15 PM

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Report on NOAA Fisheries 5-year Status Review of River Herring
  • Technical Committee Report on Inconsistencies Involving Monitoring Requirements of Amendments 2 and 3
  • Consider Approval of Merrimack River Update
  • Progress Update on the Shad Benchmark Stock Assessment
2:30 - 5:30 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Review 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Reports and Consider Management Response
  • Consider Providing Comment to NOAA Fisheries Regarding Proposed Measures to Lift the Ban on Recreational Fishing in the Federal Block Island Sound Transit Zone
  • Review Maryland’s Conservation Equivalency Effectiveness Report of 2018 Recreational Measures for the Chesapeake Bay Summer and Fall Fishery
  • Review Changes to Virginia’s Striped Bass Monitoring Programs

February 7

8 - 10 AM

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Review Synthesis of Scientific Findings of Atlantic Menhaden’s Role in the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem
  • Consider Postponed Motion from August 2018:
    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 Amendment 3: The annual total allowable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay by the reduction fishery is limited to no more than 51,000 mt.

    Move to postpone to the February 2019 Commission meeting.
    Motion made by Martin Gary and seconded by Dennis Abbott. Motion carried (13 in favor, 5 opposed)
10:15 - 11:30 AM

Strategic Planning Workshop

  • Review Draft Strategic Plan for 2019-2023
11:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Progress Update on Risk and Uncertainty Workgroup
  • Consider Revisions to the Appeals Policy Guidance Document
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
    • Habitat Committee
  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (If Necessary)
1:45 - 2:15 PM

Business Session

  • Review and Consider Approval of 2019-2023 Strategic Plan
  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (If Necessary)