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Specifications for mackerel, squid and butterfish on the docket

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The Mackerel-Squid-Butterfish Monitoring Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has scheduled two webinars to develop recommendations for future specifications. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the planned meetings in the Federal Register of Monday, April 14. The first webinar takes place on Tuesday May 13, 2014, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. The meeting will conclude by 11 a.m.

The second event is scheduled to start on Tuesday May 27, 2014, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. It could go as late as 1 p.m. The public is welcome to listen in electronically or attend the meetings in person at the council office at 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901. If you wish to attend in person, call the office at (302) 674-2331. If you want to listen in or participate online, punch here for the link. (It may not be up yet; if not, try later.)

The office is equipped to accommodate people with disabilities. If you need sign language interpretation or other auxiliary help, contact M. Jan Saunders at the council office at least 5 days before the meeting date.

At the first meeting, the committee will review available information and discuss what further analysis it may need to take. At the following webinar, it plans to recommend action to the council. It has scheduled time at both meetings for public comments and questions.

The council will then consider the committee's recommendations when it meets in June to set specifications for the three species in upcoming years. The committee may discuss other matters at the webinars but will not take formal action on anything else, unless emergency matters come up as defined under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The public will be notified in advance should any such matters arise.

For more information, contact council Executive Director Christopher Moore at the above address or (302) 526-5255.

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