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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council plans 4 days of meetings

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) has scheduled four days of public meetings starting on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 and concluding on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. MAFMC announced the meetings in the Federal Register of Thursday, July 24, 2014.

The meetings will take place at the W Washington DC hotel, 515 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, (202) 661-2400. If you have questions, contact MAFMC Executive Director Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., at the council, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901, (302) 674-2331.

MAFMC will begin its business at 2 p.m. Monday by swearing in new and reappointed members and then electing officers. Then it will discuss the Deep Sea Coral Amendment. The day concludes with an hour-long listening session starting at 5 p.m.

The council reconvenes on Tuesday at 9 a.m. The docket for the day includes the Black Sea Bass Wave 1/May 1 Opening Framework and Special Management Zone Proposed Rule and then the Research Set-Aside. The day concludes with a two-hour discussion with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) Bluefish Board about bluefish specifications. The bluefish conversation starts at 3 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, business again begins at 9 a.m. MAFMC will meet as a committee of the whole with ASMFC's Summer Flounder, Scup & Black Sea Bass Board to review specifications for all three species. The day concludes with a two-hour discussion about the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment starting at 3 p.m.

Finally, on Thursday, the council starts work again at 9 a.m. It opens with a discussion of the Omnibus Amendment to Simplify Vessel Baselines. It will then conclude the sessions by hearing a variety of reports and taking care of any other business. The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 1 p.m.

The facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need special help, such as a sign language interpeter, contact M. Jan Saunders at the council at (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days before the meeting.

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