ASMFC 2022 Summer Meeting Preliminary Agenda

Please find below the preliminary agenda and public comment guidelines for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s 2022 Summer Meeting, August 2-4, 2022, in Arlington, VA. This will be a hybrid meeting (both in-person and remote) to allow for remote participation by Commissioners and interested stakeholders; the details of which will be provided two weeks prior to the meeting. The agenda is also available at http://www.asmfc.org/home/2022-summer-meeting. Also included in the attached is the travel authorization form, travel reimbursement guidelines and directions to the hotel. The final agenda and materials will be available on July 20th on the Commission website at http://www.asmfc.org/home/2022-summer-meeting.

A block of rooms is being held at The Westin Crystal City, 1800 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA  22202. Cindy Robertson will make Commissioner/Proxy reservations and will contact you regarding the details of your accommodations. Please notify Cindy of any changes to your travel plans that will impact your hotel reservations, otherwise you will incur no-show penalties. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

For all other attendees, please reserve online via our group link at Book your group rate for Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission ASMFC Meeting August 2022 or call Marriott Reservations directly at 888.627.8209 as soon as possible and mention the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to obtain the group room rate of $172.00 plus tax single/dbl. Please be aware you must guarantee your room reservation with a major credit card or one night’s advance payment. Hotel reservations must be made by Tuesday, July 12, 2022.  Room availability will not be guaranteed beyond this date.  If you are being reimbursed by ASMFC for your travel, please make your reservation directly with the hotel. Reservations made through travel websites do not apply toward our minimum number of required reservations with the hotel. Please note, cancellations at The Westin must be made by 4:00 p.m. two days prior to arrival to avoid penalty and an early departure fee of $100 will apply when checking out prior to the confirmed date. If you have any problems at all regarding accommodations please contact Cindy at 703.842.0740 or at crobertson@asmfc.org.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

 Summer Meeting

August 2-4, 2022

The Westin Crystal City

Arlington, Virginia

Preliminary Agenda

The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon at the meeting. 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.

Tuesday, August 2

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                   Atlantic Herring Management Board

  • Review 2022 Stock Assessment

 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       American Lobster Management Board

  • Discuss Implications of Proposed Measures of Draft Addendum XXVII: Increasing Protection of Spawning Stock Biomass of the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Stock
  • Update from Work Group on Implementation of Addendum XXIX: Electronic Vessel Tracking for Federal Permit Holders
  • Progress Update on Jonah Crab Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Elect Vice-Chair

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                   Lunch Break

 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.                     Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

  • Progress Update on 2022 Stock Assessment
    • Provide Guidance to Technical Committee for Management Options to Consider if the Assessment Indicates Reduction is Needed for Rebuilding
    • Discuss Timeline for Responding to the Assessment (if necessary)
  • Consider Next Steps for Draft Addendum I: Quota Transfers (formerly Draft Addendum VII)
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for 2021 Fishing Year

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.                     2022 Annual Awards of Excellence  

 Wednesday, August 3

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.                   Executive Committee

                                                  (A portion of this meeting will be closed for Committee members and Commissioners only)

  • CARES Act Update
  • Report of De Minimis Work Group

 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.                 Horseshoe Crab Management Board

  • Consider Draft Addendum VIII: Implementation of Recommended Changes from 2021 ARM Revision and Peer Review Report for Public Comment
  • Update on Plan Development Team Review of Biomedical Mortality, Biologically-based Options for Setting the Threshold, and Best Management Practices for Handling Biomedical Collections
    • Consider Technical Committee Recommendations
    • Consider Advisory Panel Report
  • Elect Vice-Chair

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.       Lunch Break

 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.       Legislators and Governors’ Appointees Luncheon

 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.                   Sturgeon Management Board

  • Presentation of NOAA Atlantic Sturgeon Bycatch Working Group Draft Action Plan

 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.                     Atlantic Menhaden Management Board

  • Consider Draft Addendum I to Amendment 3: Commercial Allocations, Episodic Event Set Aside Program, and Incidental Catch/Small-scale Fisheries for Public Comment
  • Presentation of Single-species Stock Assessment Update
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Review and State Compliance for 2021 Fishing Year

 Thursday, August 4

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.                   Sciaenids Management Board

  • Review Traffic Light Analysis for Spot and Atlantic Croaker and Technical Committee Recommendations
  • Discuss Spot Addendum III Management Measures
  • Progress Update on Black Drum Benchmark Stock Assessment
  • Update on a Proposed Spatial Model of the Spot Population
  • Consider Fishery Management Plan Reviews and State Compliance for Atlantic Croaker and Red Drum for 2021 Fishing Year
  • Elect Vice-Chair

10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.          Interstate Fisheries Management Program (ISFMP) Policy Board

  • Review De Minimis White Paper
  • Consider Revised Appeals Process
  • NOAA Climate Research Initiative
  • Discussion on the Risk and Uncertainty Policy
  • Review Blue Catfish Science in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Committee Reports
    • Legislative
    • Habitat
    • Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Stock Assessment Progress Reports
  • Review Noncompliance Findings (if necessary)

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.                     Business Session

  • Consider Noncompliance Recommendations (if necessary)

Public Comment Guidelines

To provide a fair opportunity for public input, the ISFMP Policy Board has approved the following guidelines for use at management board meetings:

For issues that are not on the agenda, management boards will continue to provide 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 three weeks prior to the start of a meeting week (July 11) will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, July  26th will be included in supplemental materials.
  3. Comments received by 10:00 AM on Friday, July 29th will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting.

The submitted comments must clearly indicate the commenter’s expectation from the ASMFC staff regarding distribution.  As with other public comment, it will be accepted via mail and email.

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