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Panels to consider amending summer flounder management plan

Two summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass advisory panels have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, July 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The event takes place at the Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore – BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum, Md. 21090, telephone (410)-859-8400. The meeting was announced in the Federal Register of Friday, June 13, 2014.

The panels of both the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will meet together. The public is welcome to attend. The docket consists of two main items.

First, the panels will address relevant fishery performance reports. They will review the specifications for next year, which have already been set, to see if they need to make any changes. Next, the panels will discuss what they need to do about the new amendment to MAFMC's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. This recent amendment concerns goals and strategies relating to summer flounder.

Amendment 21 was initiated last December. MAFMC determined last year that the summer flounder stock was rebuilt in 2010 and is not overfished. But input MAFMC received last year from a number of sources, including surveys, indicate that it may need to rethink its management strategy.

The panels may talk about other issues but will not take formal action on anything else, unless emergency action is required. If it is, the public will be notified in advance, as required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation & Management Act.

The meeting facility is accessible to people with physical challenges. If anybody needs special accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, contact M. Jan Saunders of MAFMC at (302) 526-5251 at least five days before the meeting.

If you have any questions, contact Christopher M. Moore Ph.D., executive
director, MAFMC, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901, telephone (302) 526-5255.