ASMFC 79th Annual Meeting Webinar - October 19 - 22, 2020

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. It is our intent to begin at the scheduled start time for each meeting, however, if meetings run late the next meeting may start later than originally planned.  

For ease of access, meeting materials have been combined into two documents: (1) Main Meeting Materials, which includes all main meeting documents, with the exception of the 2020 American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report (which is available as a separate link under American Lobster Management Board); and (2) Supplemental Materials, which include all board supplemental materials with the exception of the ACCSP Coordinating Council (which is available under the ACCSP Coordinating Council header below). Links to individual board/committee materials can be found below. For those Boards that have FMP Reviews and Compliance Reports on their agendas, the compliance reports are not posted due to their large file sizes. If you would like a copy of a specific state's or jurisdiction's compliance report, please contact the respective FMP Coordinator. 

Live-Streaming

Board meeting proceedings will be broadcast daily via webinar beginning Monday, October 19 at 9:00 a.m. and continuing daily until the conclusion of the meeting (expected to be 1:45 p.m.) on Thursday, October 22. The webinar will allow registrants to listen to board deliberations and view presentations and motions as they occur. Meeting participants and attendees can register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1878402776294803471 (Webinar ID: 796-314-395).

Each day, the webinar will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the first meeting so that people can troubleshoot any connectivity or audio issues they may encounter.  If you are having issues with the webinar (connecting to or audio-related issues), please contact Chris Jacobs at 703.842.0790.

If you are joining the webinar but will not be using VoIP, you can also call in at 562.247.8422 (a pin will be provided to you after joining the webinar); see webinar instructions  for details on how to receive the pin. For those who will not be joining the webinar but would like to listen in to the audio portion only, you can do so by dialing 562.247.8422 (access code: 225-820-088).

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. Please note these guidelines have been modified to adapt to meetings via webinar.

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 the webinar (September 28) will be included in the briefing materials.

  2. Comments received by 5 PM on the Tuesday, October 13 will be included in the supplemental materials.

  3. Comments received by 10 AM on Friday, October 16 will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting.

Comments should be submitted via email at comments@asmfc.org. All comments must clearly indicate the commenter’s expectation from the ASMFC staff regarding distribution

General Background Materials

Monday, October 19
9 - 10 AM

Atlantic Herring Management Board  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (C. Patterson)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Set 2021 Fishery Specifications (M. Appelman) Final Action
    • Set Quota Period for Area 1A
  • Update on New England Fishery Management Council and Commission Coordination Discussions (T. Kerns)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
10 - 11 AM Break
11 AM- Noon

Winter Flounder Management Board  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Borden)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2019
  • Public Comment
  • Review 2020 Assessment Updates for Gulf of Maine and Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Winter Flounder Stocks
    • Presentation of Gulf of Maine Stock Assessment Report (P. Nitschke)
    • Presentation of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Stock Assessment Report (T. Wood)
  • Elect Vice-Chair (D. Borden) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Noon - 1:15 PM Lunch Break
1:15 - 4:15 PM

American Lobster Management Board  Benchmark Assessment & Peer Review Report  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. McKiernan)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2019
  • Public Comment
  • Consider 2020 American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment Final Action
    • Presentation of Stock Assessment Report (K. McKown)
    • Presentation of Peer Review Panel Report (M. Celestino)
    • Consider Acceptance of Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report for Management Use (D. McKiernan)
    • Consider Management Response to the Assessment and Peer Review (D. McKiernan)
  • Report on Data Collection Requirements for 2021 (A. Webb)
  • Report on Electronic Tracking Pilot Program (W. DeVoe)
  • Consider Approval of Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance (C. Starks) Action
    • American Lobster for the 2019 Fishing Year
    • Jonah Crab for the 2018 and 2019 Fishing Years
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Tuesday, October 20
9 AM - Noon

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board  Supplemental  Supplemental2

  • Welcome/Call to Order (S. Woodward)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Update on Fecundity Estimates Associated with the New Ecological Reference Points and Set 2021-2022 Fishery Specifications (S. Woodward) Final Action
    • Technical Committee Report (C. Flora)
    • Advisory Panel Report (J. Kaelin)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Noon - 1:15 PM Lunch Break
1:15 - 4:15 PM

South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (L. Fegley)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Atlantic Cobia Addendum l to Amendment 1 for Final Approval (T. Kerns) Final Action
    • Review Options and Public Comments
    • Consider Final Approval of Addendum I to Amendment 1
  • Review 2020 Traffic Light Analyses for Atlantic Croaker and Spot
    • Review 2020 Reports (D. Franco, H. Rickabaugh)
    • Review Management Response Requirements from Addendum III (S. Lewis)
  • Consider Approval of Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2019 Fishing Year for Red Drum, Atlantic Croaker and Atlantic Cobia (S. Lewis) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Wednesday, October 21
8  - 10 AM

Executive Committee  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher)
  • Committee Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Meeting Summary from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Report of the Administrative Oversight Committee (S. Woodward)
  • Consider Approval of Fiscal Year 2020 Audit Action
  • Future Annual Meetings Update (L. Leach)
  • Discuss Pennsylvania’s Participation on the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board (R. Beal)
  • Progress Update on Recommendations to Improve the Public Input Process (R. Beal)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
10 - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 - 11:15 AM

Horseshoe Crab Management Board  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Cimino)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from
  • Public Comment
  • Set 2021 Harvest Specifications Final Action
    • Review Horseshoe Crab and Red Knot Abundance Estimates and 2020 Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) Model Results (J. Sweka)
    • Set 2021 Harvest Specifications (J. Cimino)
  • Progress Update on ARM Revisions (J. Sweka)
  • Consider Approval of Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2019 Fishing Year (C. Starks) Action
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership (T. Berger) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Spiny Dogfish Management Board  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (C. Batsavage)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2019
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Revised Specifications for the 2021 and 2022 Fishing Seasons (J. Didden) Final Action
  • Elect Vice-Chair (Batsavage) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:30 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board  Supplemental  Supplemental2

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Borden)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Approval of State Implementation Plans for Addendum VI Mandatory Circle Hook Requirements (M. Appelman) Final Action
  • Review Technical Committee Report on Factors Limiting Recreational Release Mortality Estimates (K. Sullivan)
  • Consider Draft Amendment 7 Public Information Document for Public Comment (M. Appelman)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Thursday, October 22
8:30 - 9:45 AM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (L. Fegley)
  • Council Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Recommendations for FY2021 Submitted Proposals (J. Simpson) Action
  • Committee and Program Updates (J. Simpson, G. White)
  • Elect Chair and Vice-Chair (Fegley) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
10 - 11 AM

Business Session  Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher)
  • Committee Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Review and Consider Approval of the 2021 Action Plan (R. Beal) Final Action
  • Elect Chair and Vice-Chair (R. Beal) Action
  • Other Business/Recess
11:15 AM - Noon

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Chair's Report (P. Keliher)
  • Executive Committee Report (P. Keliher)
  • Recess

Noon - 12:30 PM Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board (continued)

  • Reconvene
  • Consider Dividing the South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board (T. Kerns) Final Action
  • Set 2021 Coastal Sharks Fishery Specifications (T. Kerns) Final Action
  • Review Noncompliance Findings (if Necessary) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
1:30 - 1:45 PM

Business Session  Supplemental

  • Reconvene
  • Consider Noncompliance Findings (if necessary)
  • Other Business/Adjourn