ASMFC Spring Meeting Webinar - May 3-6, 2021

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. Interested parties should anticipate Boards starting earlier or later than indicated herein.

For ease of access, all meeting materials have been combined into two documents: Main Meeting Materials and Supplemental Materials. The Main Materials do not include the public comment summary for Atlantic Striped Bass Amendment 7 PID. Links to individual board/committee materials and well as the Striped Bass Public Comment Summary 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, May 3 at 1 PM and continuing daily until the conclusion of the meeting (expected to be 12:30 PM) on Thursday, May 6. The webinar will allow registrants to listen to board deliberations and view presentations and motions as they occur. To register for the webinar go to, Webinar ID# 647-565-931.
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 may also call in at 1.562.247.8321 (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 1.562.247.8321 (access code: 785-852-884).

Public Comment Guidelines

To provide a fair opportunity for public input, the ISFMP Policy Board  approved the following guidelines for use at management board meetings. Please note these guidelines have been modified to adapt to meetings via webinar:

For issues that are not on the agenda, management boards will continue to provide an 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 webinar (April 19) will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 27 will be included in the supplemental materials.
  3. Comments received by 10:00 AM on Friday, April 30 will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting.

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

General Background Materials

Monday, May 3
1-3:30 PM

American Lobster Management Board  Supplemental  Presentations  Audio

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. McKiernan)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Technical Committee Recommendation on Management Strategy Evaluation Options for Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank and Southern New England American Lobster Fisheries (K. Reardon) Possible Action
  • Update on Development of Draft Addendum XXVII on Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Resiliency (C. Starks)
    • Provide Guidance to Plan Development Team on Draft Management Options
  • Discuss Vessel Tracking for the Lobster Fishery (C. Starks) Possible Action
    • Update on Tracking Projects (A. Webb, W. DeVoe)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Tuesday, May 4
9-10:30 AM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council  Supplemental  Presentations  Audio

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Carmichael)
  • Council Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Meetings from February 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Review Funding Decision Document and 2022 Request for Proposals (J. Simpson) Action
  • Program Updates (G. White, J. Simpson)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
10:45-11:45 AM

American Eel Management Board  Supplemental  Presentations  Audio

  • Welcome/Call to Order (L. Fegley)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2019
  • Public Comment
  • Review 2020 Commercial Yellow Eel Landings (K. Rootes-Murdy)
    • Advisory Panel Report (M. DeLucia)
  • Progress Update on 2022 American Eel Benchmark Stock Assessment (K. Anstead)
  • Elect Vice-Chair Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
11:45 AM - 1 PM Lunch Break
1-2 PM

Discussion Session on President Biden's Executive Order: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad  Supplemental  Presentation  Audio

Speaker: Sam Rauch, NOAA Fisheries

Executive Order 14008 Section 216 (c) Directs NOAA to Collect Recommendations on How to Make Fisheries, Including Aquaculture, and Protected Resources more Resilient to Climate Change, Including Changes in Management and Conservation Measures, and Improvements in Science, Monitoring, and Cooperating Research

2:15-3:45 PM

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board  Supplemental  Presentations  Audio

  • Welcome/Call to Order (S. Woodward)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2020 Fishing Year (K. Rootes-Murdy) Action
  • Discuss Revisiting the Commercial Quota Provisions of Amendment 3 (K. Rootes-Murdy) Action
  • Review Data Needs for Spatially Explicit Management of Atlantic Menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay (J. Newhard)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Wednesday, May 5
8-10 AM

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

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher)
  • Committee Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Meeting Summary from February 3, 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Report of the Administrative Oversight Committee (S. Woodward)
    • Presentation of the FY 2022 Budget Action
    • Presentation of Statement of Investment Policy Guidelines Action
  • Update on Activities of the Allocation Subcommittee
  • Discuss Second Round of CARES Act Assistance (R. Beal)
  • Future Annual Meeting Update (L. Leach)
    • October 18-21, 2021 – Long Branch, New Jersey
    • 2022 – North Carolina
    • 2023 – Maryland
    • 2024 – Delaware
  • Other Business
  • Executive Director Performance Review (Closed Session)
  • Adjourn
10:30-11:30 AM

Shad and River Herring Management Board  Supplemental  Supplemental2  Presentations  Audio

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Davis)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Review Technical Committee Progress on Board Tasks (B. Neilan)
    • Consider Technical Guidance Document for Implementation of Amendments 2 and 3 to the Shad and River Herring Fishery Management Plan Action
    • Update on Methods to Evaluate Bycatch in Mixed-stock Fisheries in State Waters
    • Consider Technical Committee Recommendations on Addressing Fish Passage Performance Action
  • Consider Approval of Shad Habitat Plan Updates Action
    • Review Technical Committee Recommendations (B. Neilan)
  • Other Business/Adjourn
11:30 AM - 1 PM Lunch Break
1-4:30 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board  Public Comment Summary & Submitted Comments  Presentations  Audio

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Borden)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Consider the 2020 Albemarle Sound-Roanoke River Atlantic Striped Bass Stock Assessment Action
    • Presentation of Stock Assessment and Peer Review Panel Report (L. Lee, C. Godwin)
    • Technical Committee Report (K. Sullivan)
    • Consider Acceptance of Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report for Management Use
  • Public Comment Summary to Draft Amendment 7 Public Information Document
    • Public Comment Summary (E. Franke)
    • Advisory Panel Report (E. Franke)
  • Draft Amendment 7 (D. Borden) Action
    • Provide Guidance to the Plan Development Team for Draft Amendment 7
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership (T. Berger) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Thursday, May 6
9 AM - Noon

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board  Presentations  Audio

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Executive Committee Report (P. Keliher)
  • Review and Consider New York’s Appeal of Addendum XXXIII to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (P. Keliher) Final Action
  • Discuss de minimis within Commission Fishery Management Plans (T. Kerns)
  • Discuss East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning Initiative (T. Kerns)
  • Discuss the Board Process of Approving Fishery Management Plan Reviews and Recommendations from Plan Review Teams (T. Kerns)
  • Update on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Research Steering Committee to Evaluate Restarting the Research Set-aside Program (R. Beal)
  • SEAMAP Report (S. Murray)
  • Review Noncompliance Findings (if Necessary) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn
Noon - 12:30 PM

Business Session - No Business Session was held

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher)
  • Committee Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (if Necessary) Final Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn