ASMFC Winter Meeting Webinar - February 1 - 4, 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 (January 11) will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 26 will be included in the supplemental materials.
  3. Comments received by 10:00 AM on Friday, January 29 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, February 1
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management BOard and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC)

  • Review and Consider Approval of State Recreational Measures for 2021 Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fisheries
  • Review and Consider Approval of Addendum XXXIII and MAFMC Black sea Bass Commercial State Allocation Amendment


Noon -
1 PM
Lunch Break
Tuesday, February 2
8:30 AM - 12:15 PM

American Lobster Management Board

  • Consider Management Response to 2020 American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review
  • Discuss Development of Draft Addendum XXVII on Gulf of Maine Resiliency
  • Discuss Potential for Conducting a Management Strategy Evaluation for the American Lobster Fishery
  • Elect Vice-Chair
12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 - 2:15 PM

Winter Flounder Management Board

  • Consider Specifications for the 2021 Fishing Year
  • Review Technical Committee and Advisory Panel Reports Regarding Specification Recommendations
2:30 - 3:45 PM Atlantic Menhaden Management Board
  • Review Recent Fishery Performance Relative to Commercial Allocations
4 - 5:15 PM

Atlantic Herring Management Board

  • Set Area 1A Sub-Annual Catch Limit for 2021-2023 Fishing Season (Pending Approval of Final Rule by NOAA Fisheries)
  • Update on Amendment 8 and Consider Impacts to the Area 1A Fishery
  • Update on New England Fishery Management Council (Council) and Commission Coordination Discussions
  • Consider Postponed Motion on Addendum lll (Pending Outcome of Council/Commission Leadership Discussions and NOAA Fisheries Approval of Amendment 8)
Wednesday, February 3
8 - 10 AM

Executive Committee

  • CARES Act Update
  • Legislative and Appropriations Update
  • Annual Meeting Update
10:15 - 11 AM

Coastal Sharks Management Board

  • Review NOAA Fisheries Cooperative Shark Tagging Program
  • NOAA Highly Migratory Species Management Update
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council

  • Review Program Funding Update
12:15 - 1:45 PM Lunch Break
1:45 -
3:45 PM

Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Review Sensitivity Analysis of Different Recreational Release Mortality Rate Estimates in Stock Assessment
  • Consider Draft Amendment 7 Public Information Document for Public Comment
  • Consider Revisions to the Stock Assessment Update Schedule
Thursday, February 4
8:30 - 11:30 AM

Shad and River Herring Management Board

  • Consider Management Response to 2020 Shad Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Review Technical Committee Recommendations on Improvements to Amendments 2 and 3
  • Consider Shad Habitat Plan Updates
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 - 1:30 PM

Bluefish Management Board

  • Consider Draft Addendum ll for Public Comment
1:45 - 4:15 PM

Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board  Risk & Uncertainty Decision Tool

  • Consider Approval of the Risk and Uncertainty Policy
  • Review Commissioner Survey Results
  • Discuss Recreational Reform Timeline and Process
  • Review State Membership on Species Management Boards
  • Consider Approval of Artificial Reef State Profiles
  • Consider Approval of Living Shorelines Impacts to Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Policy
  • Review Noncompliance Findings (if necessary)
4:15 - 4:30 PM

Business Session

  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (if necessary)