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
3:00pm-3:30pm Unmanaged Commercial Landings Report
3:30pm-4:00pm Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR): National Standard 4, 8, and 9 Guidelines – Dr. Tara Scott, NOAA Fisheries
Wednesday, June 7th
11:30am-12:00pm Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Updates – Karyl Brewster, Rulemaking Branch Chief – HMS Division, NOAA Fisheries
2:30pm-3:00pm Draft 2024-2028 Regional Strategic Plan – Mike Pentony, Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries
3:00pm-5:00pm Offshore Wind Update
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.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 6.5.2023
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!