ASMFC 80th Annual Meeting Webinar
October 18-21, 2021

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 ask members of the public to raise their hands to let the chair know they would like to speak. Depending upon the number of commenters, the board chair will decide 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 the meeting (September 27) will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5 PM on Tuesday, October 5 will be included in the supplemental materials.
  3. Comments received by 10 AM on Friday, October 15 will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting.

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

Monday, October 18

9 AM - Noon

American Lobster Management Board

  • Review Annual Data Update of American Lobster Abundance Indices
  • Consider Draft Addendum XXVII: Increasing Resiliency of the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Stock for Public Comment
  • Consider Draft Addendum XXIX: Electronic Vessel Tracking Devices in the Federal American Lobster and Jonah Crab Fisheries for Public Comment
  • Consider Next Steps for Development of a Management Strategy Evaluation of the American Lobster Fisheries
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance for American Lobster and Jonah Crab for the 2020 Fishing Year
Noon - 12:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 - 1:15 PM

Atlantic Herring Management Board

  • Consider Seasonal Allocations for the 2022 Area 1A Fishery
  • Update on ASMFC/NEFMC Coordination Discussions
1:30 - 4 PM

Tautog Management Board

  • Review 2021 Tautog Stock Assessment Update
  • Review Risk & Uncertainty Decision Tool for Tautog
  • Update on Commercial Tagging Program Implementation, if necessary
4:15 - 5:15 PM Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Update

Tuesday, October 19

9 - 10:30 AM

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Consider American Shad Habitat Plans/Updates
  • Consider Technical Committee Report on Methods for Evaluating Mixed-stock Bycatch
  • Progress Report on Prioritizing Systems for Shad Recovery and Developing an Inventory of Available Data to Support Development of fish Passage Criteria
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance for Shad and River Herring for the 2020 Fishing Year
10:30 - 11 AM Break
11 AM - 12:30 PM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council

  • Consider FY22 Funding Proposals
12:30 - 1:15 PM Lunch Break
1:15 - 5:15 PM (includes break)

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Consider Draft Addendum I: Modifications to Commercial Allocations, Episodic Event Set Aside Program, and Incidental Catch & Small-scale Fisheries Provision for Public Comment
  • Provide Guidance to the Technical Committee and Ecological Reference Points Work Group on Priorities for Completing Next Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Update on 2021 Atlantic Menhaden Mortality Events
Wednesday, October 20
8 - 10 AM

Executive Committee

  • Review and Consider Approval of FY21 Audit
10 - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 - 11 AM

Coastal Sharks Management Board

  • Set Specifications for 2022 Fishing Year
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2020 Fishing Year
  • Elect Vice-Chair
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Business Session

  • Consider 2022 Draft Action Plan
  • Elect Chair and Vice-Chair
12:15 - 1 PM Lunch Break
1 - 5:15 PM (includes break)

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Consider Draft Amendment 7 for Public Comment
  • Consider Draft Addendum VII: Voluntary Transfer of Commercial Striped Bass Quota between
    States with Commercial Quota
    for Public Comment
Thursday, October 21
8:30 - 10 AM

Horsehoe Crab Management Board

  • Set 2022 Fishery Specifications
    • Review Horseshoe Crab and Red Knot Abundance Estimates and 2020 Adaptive Resource Management (ARM) Model Results
  • Progress Update on Revision to the ARM Framework
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2020 Fishing Year
10:15 - 11:15 AM

Spiny Dogfish Management Board

  • Review Analysis on Trip Limit and Market Price
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2020 Fishing Year
  • Update on Research Track Assessment
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

American Eel Management Board

  • Consider Extending Maine’s Glass Eel Quota for 2022-2024
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2020 Fishing Year
  • Progress Update on Benchmark Stock Assessment
12:15 - 12:45 PM Lunch Break at Hotel
12:45 - 4:30 PM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board

  • Consider Draft Addendum/Framework on Harvest Control Rule for Bluefish, Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass for Public Comment (This agenda item will be discussed with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.)
  • Discuss Policy on De Minimis Programs within Fishery Management Plans
  • Consider Changes to the Appeals Process
  • Consider Changes to the Conservation Equivalency Process
  • Committee Reports
    • Executive Committee
    • Law Enforcement Committee
    • Habitat Committee
    • ACFHP Steering Committee
  • Review Noncompliance Findings (if necessary)
4:30 - 4:45 PM

Business Session

  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (if necessary)