The New England Fishery Management Council announces a schedule of coast-wide scoping hearings being convened to inform the public of both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Councils’ intent to consider catch share management in the monkfish fishery. The attached document defines and explains the different types of catch share programs, the elements and requirements of a catch share program, and various alternative approaches for public consideration.

The Councils hope to elicit early comment from stakeholders by encouraging the public to voice its opinions, comments and concerns about catch share management generally, and about specific elements or programs, in order to assist them in the development of alternatives for formal consideration. The public also is invited to ask questions that the Councils may answer in the course of plan development. See page 6 for some examples.
All correspondence should be emailed to the following address: monkfisha6@noaa.gov. Alternative forms of communication are listed on page 11 of the scoping document. The deadline for comments is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2011.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station
30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Monday, January 10, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn
1127 Route 132, Hyannis, MA 02601

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 9:00 a.m.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
185 Macarthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
One Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Clarion Hotel
1230 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101


Fourth North American Workshop on Rainbow Smelt

January 24-25, 2011

Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine,

• Register: by December 1, 2010.

• Registration fee: $25.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn by the Bay at a reduced rate

• Abstract Submission: Scientists and resource specialists at all levels and backgrounds are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations and posters. Please indicate whether the abstract should be considered for a presentation only, poster only, or both presentation and poster.

or by mail at: Brad Chase
South Coast Marine Fisheries Station
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
1213 Purchase Street, 3rd Floor
New Bedford, MA 02740


Maine Lobster Advisory Council
January 2011 Meeting

Wednesday, January 12 , 2011 at 12:00 pm
at the Natural Resource Services Center in Hallowell.

• Always call ahead to confirm that the meeting is being held:
(207) 624-6567


Maine Lobster Zone Councils
January 2011 Meeting

Zone G

January 19 7:00 pm
York Village Fire House


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