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Council Meeting in Duck, NC: April 10-12, 2012
The public is invited to attend the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's April 2012 meeting to be held at the Sanderling Inn, 1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949, phone 800-701-4111. Below is the meeting agenda. NOTE: For online access to the meeting, register at: Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with the information you need to join the Webinar.


Tuesday, April 10
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Executive Committee (CLOSED SESSION)
·Review and approve advisor nominations
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee
·Deep Sea Coral presentation (NEFMC and SAFMC)
·Discuss Mid-Atlantic Council action
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Public Listening Session
·BOEM (formerly BOEMRE) and Wind Power
Wednesday, April 11
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Executive Committee
·Discuss Ecosystem/EBFM document
·Finalize goals and objectives, purpose and need
·Discuss transition strategies to move to EBFM
·SBRM - next steps
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. RSA Committee
·Review response letter from NOAA General Counsel
·Discuss integration of SSC into RSA research prioritization process
·Discuss alternatives to improve RSA program and develop recommendations to Council
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Council Convenes
1:00 p.m. Swearing in of new Council member
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
·Discuss reopening Georges Bank
·Identify any harvest restrictions
·Discuss PSP testing
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Finalize Tilefish Management Measures for 2013-2015
·Review SSC and Tilefish Monitoring Committee's recommendations for 2013 - 2015 harvest levels and management measures
·Adopt recommendations for 2013 - 2015 harvest levels and management measures
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Sturgeon
·Discuss potential actions to reduce Atlantic sturgeon bycatch in mid-Atlantic fisheries
Thursday, April 12
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Spiny Dogfish
·Approve alternatives for analysis in Amendment 3
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Framework 5 to Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish
·Council action to modify vessel hold certification requirements (Meeting 2)
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Framework 6 to Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish
·Council action to revise a provision of Council risk policy (Meeting 2)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Business Session
·Approval of February 2012 minutes
Organizational Reports
·NMFS Regional Administrator
·NMFS NEFSC Director
·NOAA Office of General Counsel
·Federal Enforcement Officials (NMFS and USCG)
·ASMFC Executive Director
Liaison Report
·South Atlantic Council (March 5-9, 2012, Savannah, GA)
Executive Director's Report - Dr. Moore
Science Report - Mr. Seagraves
Committee Reports
·Ecosystem and Ocean Planning
·Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
·Research Set-Aside
Continuing and New Business
The above agenda items may not be taken in the order in which they appear and are subject to change as necessary. Other items may be added, but the Council cannot take action on such items even if the item requires emergency action without additional public notice. Non-emergency matters not contained in this agenda may come before the Council and / or its Committees for discussion, but these matters may not be the subject of formal Council or Committee action during this meeting. Council and Committee actions will be restricted to the issues specifically listed in this agenda. Any issues requiring emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act that arise after publication of the Federal Register Notice for this meeting may be acted upon provided that the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. The meeting may be closed to discuss employment or other internal administrative matters.
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