ASMFC Spring Meeting Webinar - May 3-6, 2021

Preliminary Agenda

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). 

  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 PM

American Lobster Management Board

  • Consider Information on Priorities, Budgets,and Timelines for Different Levels of Management Strategy Evaluation of the American Lobster Fisheries
  • Update on Development of Draft Addendum XXVII on Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Resiliency
3:15-4:45 PM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program (ISFMP) Policy Board

  • Recreational Fisheries Reform Initiative Progress Report (This agenda item will be addressed in a joint meeting with Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.)
Tuesday, May 4
9-10:30 AM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council

  • Consider ACCSP 2022 Funding Decision Document and Request for Proposals
  • Committee and Program Updates
10:45-11:45 AM

American Eel Management Board

  • Review 2020 Commercial Yellow Eel Landings
  • Progress Update on 2022 Benchmark Stock Assessment
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

  • 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

  • Discuss Revisiting Commercial Allocations
  • Review Data Needs for Spatially Explicit Management of Atlantic Menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for 2020 Fishing Year
Wednesday, May 5
8-10 AM

Executive Committee

  • Review and Consider Approval of FY22 Commission Budget
  • Update on Activities of the Allocation Subcommittee
  • Discuss CARES Act Round 2
10:30-11:30 AM

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Review Technical Committee Progress with Board Tasks
    • Discuss Methods to Evaluate Bycatch in Mixed-stock Fisheries in State Waters
    • Consider Technical Guidance Document for Implementation of Amendments 2 and 3 to the Shad and River Herring Fishery Management Plan
  • Consider State Shad Habitat Plan Updates
11:30 AM - 1 PM Lunch Break
1-4:30 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Review and Consider the Albemarle Sound-Roanoke River Stock Assessment for Management Use
  • Discuss Draft Amendment 7
    • Review Public Comments and Advisory Panel Report on Amendment 7 Public Information Document
    • Consider Issues to Include in Draft Amendment 7
Thursday, May 6
9 AM - Noon

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board (continued)

  • Consider New York Appeal Request to Addendum XXXIII to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan
  • Discuss de minimis within Commission Fishery Management Plans
  • Discuss the Board Process of Approving FMP Reviews and Recommendations from the Plan Review Teams
  • Discuss East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning Initiative
    • Review Strategy for Scenario Planning Process
  • Update on the MAFMC’s Research Steering Committee to Evaluate Restarting the Research Set-Aside Program
  • SEAMAP Update
Noon - 12:30 PM

Business Session

  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (if necessary)
  • Review Noncompliance Findings (if necessary)