ASMFC Spring Meeting Webinar - May 5 & 6, 2020

Preliminary Agenda

Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus and follwing the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission cancelled its in-person Spring Meeting. Instead, a number of Boards will be meeting via webinar to either (1) take required actions to allow for the fishery to be prosecuted now and into next year or (2) make non-decisional actions that allow for the continued development of draft management documents. Specifically, the Atlantic Herring and Tautog Management Boards will consider management actions. The Atlantic Menhaden and Atlantic Striped Bass Management Boards will be informational thought he Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board may provide feedback on next steps. The Bluefish and Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Boards will be meeting jointly the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to review public comment on two scoping/public information documents, and provide further direction on the development of the respective Draft Amendments. Unless stated otherwise by the respective Board chairs, all votes will be recorded via roll call.

The public and stakeholders should anticipate limited opportunity to provide comment via the webinar. When public comment is allowed, it will be at the discretion of the individual Board chairs as time allows. Given the limited opportunity to present public comment at the meeting, we strongly encourage members of the public to submit written comments in advance to be included in the meeting materials. Please see the revised Public Comment Guidelines for more information about submitting public comment prior to the meeting.  

For the remainder of Board actions that had been scheduled to occur at the Spring Meeting, these actions have been deferred to the Summer Meeting or will be addressed via email.

Details about the webinar and meeting process will be provided prior to the meeting.

Live-Streaming

Board meetings will occur via webinar beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5th and ending at approxinately 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th. The webinar will allow registrants to listen to board deliberations and view presentations and motions as they occur. 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. To register, please go to 

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 will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5 PM on the Tuesday, April 28, 2020 will be included in the supplemental materials.
  3. Comments received by 10 AM on Monday, May 4, 2020 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

Tuesday, May 5

9:30 - 10:30 AM            

Atlantic Herring Management Board (Board action anticipated.)

  • Consider Final Approval of Addendum III Final Action
  • Reconsider 2020 Area 1A Specification (Allocation Distribution) Possible Final Action
10:45 - 11:45 AM

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board (Informational only; no action to be taken on postponed ERP motion)

  • Review Ecological Referece Point Workgroup Analysis and Determine if Additional Analyses are Needed
11:45 AM -
1 PM

Lunch Break

1 - 1:30 PM

Atlantic Coastal Coopertaive Statistics Program Coordinating Council (Council action anticipated.)

  • Consider Approval of Funding Decision Document and Request for Proposals Final Action
1:45 - 2:45 PM

Tautog Management Board (Board action anticipated.)

  • Consider Approval of Rhode Island Conservation Equivalency Proposal Final Action 
3 - 4 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Informational only, with possible further Board tasking; no action to be taken on postponed motions.)

  • Review and Discuss Predicted Fishery Performance in 2020 Based on Final Addendum VI Measures and New Stock Projections with Updated Data
  • Consider Forming a Workgroup to Provide Advice Concerning High Priority Issues and Next Steps for Striped Bass Management

Wednesday, May 6

10 AM - Noon

ASMFC Bluefish Management Board and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) (Informational only, with Board/Council guidnace to Plan Development Team/Fishery Management Action Team on elements to inlcude in draft management documents.)

  • Review Public Comment Summary on the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment Public Information and Scoping Document
  • Provide Guidance to the Plan Development Team/Fishery Management Action Team (PDT/FMAT) for the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Draft Amendment
Noon - 1:15 PM Lunch Break
1:15 - 3:15 PM

ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board and MAFMC (Informational only, with Board/Council guidnace to Plan Development Team/Fishery Management Action Team on elements to inlcude in draft management documents.)

  • Review Public Comment Summary on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment Public Information and Scoping Document
  • Provide Guidance to the PDT/FMAT for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Draft Amendment