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MAFMC plans four days of meetings in February

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) has a busy week planned starting Monday, Feb. 10. MAFMC announced on Friday, Jan. 24 that it has scheduled a series of meetings that week. All meetings are open to the public.

Starting on Monday, Feb. 10, MAFMC's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel will meet from 2 pm to 5 pm via webinar. The main item on the agenda concerns slippage, or what happens to catch that is released before it can be observed or documented. The council will discuss ways to discourage this.

For details and registration/hook-up info, go to http://www.mafmc.org/actions/msb-framework-9. The full council will take up the topic on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

And starting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, MAFMC has scheduled three days of meetings at the Double Tree by Hilton-Riverfront, 100 Middle St., New Bern, NC 28560. For the agenda, see www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-24/html/2014-01418.htm.

Tuesday, MAFMC will conduct a Climate Change and Fishery Science Workshop from 9 am to 5 pm.

On Wednesday and Thursday, MAFMC will discuss a variety of topics, including modifying or eliminating the rules concerning gear restricted areas for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass.

It also plans to set catch targets for monkfish and receive a variety of reports.