The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Monkfish Committee on May 29, 2013 and May 30, 2013 to consider action affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
This meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.
ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Hotel
Providence, 139 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI 02903; telephone:
(401) 861-8000; fax: (401) 732-9309.
Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director,
New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Monkfish Oversight Committee will: (1)
Provide an assessment update review; (2) report on the May 16
Scientific and Statistical Committee meeting and recommendations for
Allowable Biological Catch (ABC); (3) report on the April 30 Plan
Development Team (PDT) meeting; (4) provide a presentation outlining
DAS/trip limit options developed by the PDT; (5) discuss and develop
recommendations to the New England and Mid-Atlantic Councils for a
range of alternatives to be included in Framework 8 including, but not
limited to, Annual Catch Targets (ACT--applying management uncertainty
to ACL), the range of DAS/trip limit alternatives (specifications),
changes to the permit category H fishery boundary and any other options
for DAS changes; (6) discuss, including motions, as appropriate, the
range of alternatives to be included in the Amendment 6 document,
including possible removal of the ITQ alternative; (7) discuss,
including development of recommendations, as appropriate, possible
revisions to the pending monkfish Emergency Action for the 2013 fishing
year; (8) consider and develop a recommendation to the Councils that
monkfish permit renewal be required at the start of the fishing year to
address state waters fishing; (9) time permitting, consider making
recommendations on changes to the Research Set-Aside priorities; (10)
closed session to review/recommend Advisory Panel applications.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come
before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject
of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to
those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising
after publication of this notice that require emergency action under
section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has
been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address