New England Fisheries

Get Your Daily Dose: April Council Meeting

Today begins a three-day meeting of the NEFMC (New England Fishery Management Council), the body responsible for the oversight and planning of commercial and recreational fishing in New England. CLF’s Peter Shelley will be attending and reporting from Mystic, CT. Learn more about the Council here.


The agenda will cover some areas of particular interest to Talking Fish readers. Here are the highlights:

Tuesday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m.Mr. Eric Schwaab, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries, will summarize the agency’s management review of the relationships between the NEFMC, the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries Service and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. He will discuss the factors that affect the effectiveness of these three Northeast management entities to carry out their responsibilities under fisheries law. This review was done at the request of Council Chairman John Pappalardo.

Tuesday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m. – The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will report on its review of the Massachusetts Fisheries Institute’s report Economic and Scientific Conditions in the Massachusetts Multispecies Groundfishery, among other topics.

Wednesday, April 27, at 1:15 p.m. – The Herring Committee Chair will give an update on its work in developing a new management plan for Atlantic herring, called Amendment 5. The Council’s discussion will focus on the requirement that federally-permitted herring dealers accurately weigh all fish.

Thursday, April 28, at 11:00 a.m. – The Groundfish Committee will advise the Council to take final action on what is called Framework 46 to the groundfish management plan, which considers adjustments to the haddock catch cap in the Atlantic herring fishery.

Other things may also arise that are related to our discussions on Talking Fish, and Peter will be there so you can keep your finger on the pulse – and get the skinny on what actually happens.

You can also tune in directly to the NEFMC meeting via its first-ever Webinar (details below).

To attend, register for the conference here. Once registered, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar. If any of you are also at the meeting and care to comment, please keep the feedback coming.


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