Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) meets this week Tuesday, June 6th – Thursday, June 8th at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451).


You can also listen and comment online using this link: Click here to join the meeting


Meeting agenda can be found here: Agenda


Briefing materials: Combined Briefing Book



Agenda items that may be of specific interest to our readers:


Tuesday, June 6th


1:00pm-2:00pm 2024 Blueline Tilefish Specifications 

Briefing Materials (Tab 1)


3:00pm-3:30pm Unmanaged Commercial Landings Report

Briefing Materials (Tab 3)


3:30pm-4:00pm Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR): National Standard 4, 8, and 9 Guidelines – Dr. Tara Scott, NOAA Fisheries

Briefing Materials (Tab 4)


Wednesday, June 7th


11:30am-12:00pm Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Updates – Karyl Brewster, Rulemaking Branch Chief – HMS Division, NOAA Fisheries

Briefing Materials (Tab 10) 


2:30pm-3:00pm Draft 2024-2028 Regional Strategic Plan – Mike Pentony, Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries 

Draft Regional Strategic Plan


3:00pm-5:00pm Offshore Wind Update 

Briefing Materials (Tab 13)


We will be listening in during the MAFMC meeting this week. If you have any questions or comments about the meeting or anything else, please let us know.


Thomas Newman 

Fisheries Liaison 




There’s a lot going on in the General Assembly, most of it with the budget. We’re working on some fish stuff but nothing that is specifically a fish bill, just part of something else. We’re also keeping tabs on H-655, the fishing license bill that we don’t like. It has not been scheduled for any committee deliberations as of now.

As for the length of the session, the hope was to get out of town by the end of June but I keep hearing that it may go longer. Regardless, I’m moving the RV back to New Bern at the end of the month and if they’re still in session, travel there as needed.

The Knights of Columbus at my home church in Pennsylvania held a sporting raffle last weekend. Thanks to all who bought tickets. Of the 52 I sold, there were 2 guys winning 3 items. Senator Bobby Hanig won some cash and Representative Keith Kidwell won some cash and a rifle. Congratulations to Bobby & Keith!

God bless,