ASMFC 2021 WINTER MEETING WEBINAR AGENDA – The Fisherman
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ASMFC 2021 WINTER MEETING WEBINAR AGENDA

Bucktails with pork rind, tube and worm, eel skin plugs; so what about them? With the new circle mandate in place along the Striper Coast for anglers using natural baits, there are still a few public questions left to be specifically answered by fisheries managers. On Wednesday, February 3 from 1:45 to 5 p.m. there may be some additional clarity when the Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board meets virtually to discuss striped bass.

The annual Winter Meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is scheduled to take place beginning February 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. through February 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Due to concerns over COVID-19, this will once again be held via virtual webinar format. The public may attend virtually as the meeting will be streamed online, sign up in advance online.

Coastal striper anglers and recreational fishing industry reps should pay particular attention to the Wednesday afternoon discussions in the below agenda.

Monday, February 1

9:30 – 10 AM
Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (A. Nowalsky)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • 2021 Recreational Management Measures for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass (D. Colson Leaning, S. Lewis)
    • Consider State Proposals for Adjusting 2021 Recreational Measures Possible Final Action
    • Consider Virginia Proposal for Wave 1 Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishery Final Action
  • Recess for ISFMP Policy Board & Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management (MAFMC) Discussion on Recreational Management Reform Initiative; Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board & MAFMC to Reconvene at 1:00 p.m.

10:15 – 11:45 AM
Interstate Fishery Management Program Policy Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher, ASMFC)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Review State Membership on Species Management Boards (T. Kerns) Action
    • Review State Declared Species of Interest
  • Discuss Recreational Management Reform Initiative (J. Beaty) Possible Action (This agenda item will be discussed jointly with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.)
  • Recess until Thursday, February 4 at 1:45 p.m.

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

  • Lunch Break

12:45 – 4:30 PM
Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board and MAFMC

  • Reconvene as a Joint Meeting with MAFMC
  • Consider Draft Addendum XXXIII and Council Amendment on Black Sea Bass Commercial State Allocations for Final Approval (S. Lewis, C. Starks) Final Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

Tuesday, February 2

8:30 AM – 12:45 PM
American Lobster Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. McKiernan)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Review and Discuss Proposed Rule and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Proposed Modifications for 2021 (J. Anderson)
  • Consider Management Response to the 2020 American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review (D. McKiernan) Possible Action
    • Review Stock Status, Reference Points and Assessment Recommendations (C. Starks)
    • Discuss Development of Draft Addendum XXVII on Gulf of Maine Resiliency (C. Starks)
  • Discuss Potential for Conducting a Management Strategy Evaluation for the American Lobster Fishery (B. Shank/J. Kipp)
  • Discuss Executive Order on Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument (C. Starks) Possible Action
  • Review and Populate Jonah Crab Advisory Panel Membership (T. Berger) Action
  • Elect Vice-Chair Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

12:45 – 1:45 PM

  • Lunch Break

1:45 – 2:30 PM
Winter Flounder Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Borden)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Specifications for the 2021 Fishing Year (D. Colson Leaning) Final Action
    • Technical Committee Report
    • Advisory Panel Report
  • Other Business/Adjourn

2:45 – 4 PM
Atlantic Menhaden Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (S. Woodward)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Review Recent Fishery Performance Relative to Commercial Allocations (K. Rootes-Murdy)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

4:15 – 5:15 PM
Atlantic Herring Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (C. Patterson)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Set Sub-Annual Catch Limit for 2021-2023 Fishing Years (K. Rootes-Murdy) Final Action
  • Update on Amendment 8 and Consider Impacts to the Area 1A Fishery (K. Rootes-Murdy)
  • Update on New England Fishery Management Council and Commission Coordination Discussions (R. Beal)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

Wednesday, February 3

8 – 10 AM
Executive Committee Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (P. Keliher)
  • Committee Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Meeting Summary from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Update on Second Round of CARES Act Assistance (R. Beal)
  • Legislative and Appropriations Update (R. Beal)
  • Review Letter to the Office of Management and Budget Regarding Commission’s FY22 Funding Priorities (R. Beal)
  • Discuss Legislative Committee Membership (R. Beal)
  • Future Annual Meeting Update (L. Leach)
  • Other Business/Adjourn

10:15 – 11 AM
Coastal Sharks Management Board

  • Welcome/Call to Order (C. Batsavage)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from February 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Review NOAA Fisheries Cooperative Shark Tagging Program (C. McCandless)
  • Update from NOAA Fisheries on Highly Migratory Species Management (K. Brewster-Geisz)
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership (T. Berger) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Coordinating Council Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (J. Carmichael)
  • Council Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Review Project and Program Funding (G. White) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

12:15 – 1:45 PM

  • Lunch Break

1:45 – 5:00 PM
Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (D. Borden)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval Proceedings from October 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Review Technical Committee Report on Release Mortality Sensitivity Runs (K. Sullivan)
  • Consider Stock Assessment Update Timeline (K. Drew) Action
  • Discuss Circle Hook Implementation (T. Kerns) Possible Final Action
  • Consider Draft Amendment 7 Public Information Document for Public Comment (T. Kerns)
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership (T. Berger) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

Thursday, February 4

8:30 – 11:30 AM
Shad and River Herring Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (M. Armstrong)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Management Response to 2020 Shad Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review (M. Armstrong)
    • Review Technical Committee Recommendations (B. Neilan)
    • Advisory Panel Report (P. Lyons Gromen)
  • Review Technical Committee Recommendations on Improvements to Amendments 2 and 3 (B. Neilan) Possible Action
  • Consider Shad Habitat Plan Updates Action
    • Review Technical Committee Recommendations (B. Neilan)
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for the 2019 Fishing Year (C. Starks) Action
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership (T. Berger) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

  • Lunch Break

12:45 – 1:30 PM
Bluefish Management Board Supplemental

  • Welcome/Call to Order (C. Batsavage)
  • Board Consent
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of Proceedings from August 2020
  • Public Comment
  • Consider Revisions to the Addendum l Biological Monitoring Program (D. Colson Leaning) Final Action
  • Review and Populate Advisory Panel Membership (T. Berger) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

1:45 – 4:15 PM
Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board Risk & Uncertainty Decision Tool

  • Reconvene from February 1, 2021
  • Public Comment
  • Executive Committee Report (P. Keliher)
  • Progress Update on the Risk and Uncertainty Policy (J. McNamee)
    • Review Draft of the Risk and Uncertainty Policy
    • Discuss Steps to Consider Final Approval of the Policy
  • Review and Discuss 2020 Commissioner Survey Results (D. Tompkins)
  • Review State Membership on Species Management Boards (T. Kerns) Action
    • Review Pennsylvania’s Membership on the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board
  • Discuss Commission Process for Working on Recreational Reform Issues with the MAFMC (T. Kerns)
  • Discuss Possible Reporting Programs to Capture Recreational Release Data (T. Kerns)
  • Committee Reports Action
    • Habitat Committee (L. Havel)
    • Artificial Reef Committee (L. Havel)
    • Atlantic Coast Fisheries Habitat Partnership (L. Havel)
  • Review Noncompliance Findings (if Necessary) Action
  • Other Business/Adjourn

4:15 – 4:30 PM
Business Session

  • 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

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