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Atlantic fish management research to be addressed at September meeting

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The Scientific & Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) of the National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday and Thursday Sept. 17 and 18, 2014. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 and end by noon on September 18. The council is announcing the meeting in the Federal Register of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

The meeting will be open to the public. It takes place at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, (410) 522-7377. If you have any questions, contact council Executive Director Christopher M. Moore Ph.D., MAFMC, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901, (302) 526-5255. The facility is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need special assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, contact M. Jan Saunders at (302) 526-5251 at least five days before the meeting.

The committee will discuss a variety of matters. These include reviewing the fishery performance report and multi-year acceptable biological catch specifications for spiny dogfish. The committee will also talk to leaders of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center on MAFMC risk policy, stock assessment tier assignment and research needs. The docket also includes reviewing a white paper on forage fish management, an update on five-year research plan development and a discussion of Wave 1 Marine Recreational Fisheries Survey data regarding black sea bass acceptable biological catch specifications.

The committee will also talk about developing its Fifth National SSC Workshop to be conducted sometime next year. Other matters may also come up but will not be the subject of formal action unless an emergency occurs.

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