August 27, 2020
The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene a joint workgroup to address Section 102: Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018. This section of the Act expands the range of management mechanisms for the recreational sector and provides additional flexibility for regional fishery management Councils to apply new approaches for recreational management. Any new approaches are still required to comply with the requirements set forth in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
This meeting will be held via webinar from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, EDT on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
The workgroup, comprised of Council members from both Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, will begin by hearing a summary of alternative approaches to collecting recreational catch and effort data. Next, the workgroup will discuss the interim analysis process for intermittently checking the health of a fish stock using an accepted index of abundance. Finally, the workgroup will consider different management approaches including zone management; annual catch limit carryover and phase-in strategies; and conditional accountability measures.
Public comment will be held over the webinar before the meeting adjourns.
View the Agenda and Meeting Materials here.
Register for the webinar here.