ASMFC Spring Meeting Webinar - May 3-6, 2021
The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon during the webinar. 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
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).
Comments should be submitted via email at email@example.com. All comments must clearly indicate the commenter’s expectation from the ASMFC staff regarding distribution.
General Background Materials
|Monday, May 3|
American Lobster Management Board
Interstate Fisheries Management Program (ISFMP) Policy Board
|Tuesday, May 4|
Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council
American Eel Management Board
|11:45 AM - 1 PM||Lunch Break|
Discussion Session on President Biden's Executive Order: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
Atlantic Menhaden Management Board
|Wednesday, May 5|
Shad and River Herring Management Board
|11:30 AM - 1 PM||Lunch Break|
Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board
|Thursday, May 6|
|9 AM - Noon||
Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board (continued)
|Noon - 12:30 PM||