The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and its Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee have scheduled three days of meetings in February to discuss a multitude of recreational fishing and other measures.
The meetings take place Tuesday, Feb. 12 through Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads, 1700 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, VA 23666, (757) 827-8200.
The public is welcome to attend. For details, see www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-25/html/2013-01504.htm.
The Tuesday docket includes a Marine Recreation Information Program update from 4:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. followed by a public listening session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., the council will discuss the timely topic of black sea bass catch limits for 2013 and 2014. The council needs to clarify the limits for this year and set ones for next year.
From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., it will review and approve alternatives to be included in the Omnibus Amendment for Recreational Accountability Measures.
And from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m, the council will conduct a scoping hearing on restricting fishing to protect deep sea corals (see story linked to below for details).
The council will conduct its regular business meeting on Thursday.