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Regional fishery councils plan a get-together to discuss common issues

The Council Coordinating Committee of fishery management councils plans a four-day meeting in May. The schedule includes a major list of topics ranging from its budget to reauthorization of the Maguson-Stevens Fishery Conservation & Management Reauthoirization Act of 2006, fish habitats, a working group report, bycatch, climate change, activities, council guidelines and a bunch of other matters. The committee includes the chairs, vice chairs and executive directors of all the nation's eight regional fishery management councils. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will host the meeting.

The meeting was announced in the Federal Register of Friday, April 25, 2014. It starts on Monday, May 12, 2014 and runs through Thursday, May 15. The event takes place at the Hilton Virginia Beach
Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, Va. 23451,(757) 213-3000.

The agenda are subject to change. Monday, registration goes on all day. Tuesday, the committee plans to hear reports on current and future activities and discus its relationship with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. It also plans to take up budget issues and the relationship between fish habitat and catching fish.

On Wednesday, the committee will turn its attention to reauthorization and hear a variety of reports. It will also discuss climate change and other issues. Then on Thursday, the committee will discuss enforcement activities in the various regions that went on during the last three years as well as guidelines for the future. It will hear about the Electronic Technologies Initiative Update and plan future meetings. (The committee plans a webinar next February.) It will adjourn after discussing any other issues that might come up.

For more info, contact MAFMC Executive Director Christopher Moore, (302) 674-2331 or (877) 446-236.

The public is welcome to attend. The meeting area is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other aids should be made at least five days before the meeting to Jan Saunders at (302) 526-5251.

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