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NEFMC Meeting April 16-19, 2019 in Mystic, CT

The following was released by the New England Fishery Management Council:

The New England Fishery Management Council will hold a three-day meeting from Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 18, 2019. The public is invited to listen-in via webinar or telephone. Here are the details.

MEETING LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, 20 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355; Hilton Mystic.

START TIME: The webinar will be activated at 8:00 a.m. each day. However, please note that the meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The webinar will end at approximately 6:00 p.m. EST or shortly after the Council adjourns each day.

WEBINAR REGISTRATION: Online access to the meeting is available at Listen Live. There is no charge to access the meeting through this webinar.

CALL-IN OPTION: To listen by telephone, dial +1 (415) 655-0052. The access code is 470-718-207. Please be aware that if you dial in, your regular phone charges will apply.

AGENDA: The agenda and all meeting materials are available on the Council’s website at April 16-18, 2019 NEFMC Mystic, CT. Additional documents will be posted as they become available.

EBFM: The Council’s Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee will meet Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick, RI to conduct business that will be discussed on Wednesday, April 17 during the full New England Council meeting in Mystic. More information will be available shortly at EBFM Committee, April 15 meeting.

SPECIAL SESSION – OFFSHORE WIND: The Council has organized a special session titled “Offshore Wind in the Northeast Region” that will begin at roughly 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 18. The purpose of the session is to better inform Council members and stakeholders about regional offshore wind development activities and the wide range of issues involved. The session will cover four primary subject areas:

  • The total scope of planned offshore wind energy development in the region with emphasis on projects off New England and New York;
  • The players involved and their roles in the process with emphasis on NOAA Fisheries consultations with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM);
  • Research and monitoring issues, including current efforts, implications for fishery independent surveys, and regional coordination initiatives; and
  • Updates on the timing and status of specific projects with an opportunity for developers to share pertinent information.

THREE MEETING OUTLOOK: A copy of the New England Council’s Three Meeting Outlook is available HERE.

COUNCIL MEETING QUESTIONS: Anyone with questions prior to or during the Council meeting should contact Janice Plante at (607) 592-4817,