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November 2022 Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

This is a hybrid meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC), which advises NOAA and the Department of Commerce on living marine resource issues.

Schedule

Day 1 – Tuesday,  November 29, 2022     8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET

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Time

Min

Subject

Presenter

8:30 – 8:45

15

Welcome, Roll Call, & Agenda Review

Megan Davis, PhD, MAFAC Chair

Jennifer Lukens, Director, Office of Policy and Designated Federal Officer (DFO)

8:45 – 9:30

45

Report of the Assistant Administrator

  • Updates and activities since May 2022
  • Questions/Discussion with MAFAC

Janet Coit, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries

9:30 – 9:45

30

Introduction of Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of Operations

  • General introduction of Jim Landon
  • DAAO Priorities, workforce, return to offices topics

Jim Landon, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of Operations

9:45-10:00

15

Break/Stretch

 

10:00-10:30

30

Updates from the Deputy Assistant Administrator

for Regulatory Affairs – Informational

  • America the Beautiful Initiative (presentation)
  • Draft EEJ Strategy - Discuss overview of comments received (presentation)

Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator of Regulatory Programs

10:30-11:30

60

NOAA Tribal Engagement – Informational

  • Reflections on his position, focus, and charge from Dr. Spinrad.

Zach Penney, PhD, NOAA Senior Tribal Policy Advisor

11:30-1:00

90

Lunch

 

1:00- 1:45

45

Workforce Development Working Group – (presentation)

Joe Schumacker,  Working Group Co-Chair

Roger Berkowitz,  Working Group Co-Chair

1:45 – 2:45

60

NOAA Fisheries Aquaculture Program 101 & Updates– Informational (presentation)

  • NOAA Aquaculture Program review for new members and presentation of the new NOAA Aquaculture Strategic Plan.
  • Updates on the NSTC Subcommittee on Aquaculture’s strategic plans

Kristine Cherry, Branch Chief, Regulatory and Policy Branch, Office of Aquaculture

David O’Brien, Acting Director, Office of Aquaculture

2:45 -2:55

10

Public comment

 

2:55 – 3:10

15

Break/Stretch

 

3:10 – 4:55

105

Work Plan Discussion – Part I

Fisheries & Seafood Resilience, Priorities, and Vision for the Future

Megan Davis, PhD, MAFAC Chair

Janet Coit, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries

Jennifer Lukens,  Director, Office of Policy and DFO

4:55 - 5:00

5

Recap & Overview of Wednesday’s Sessions

Megan Davis, PhD, MAFAC Chair

Jennifer Lukens, DFO

5:00 PM

 

Adjourn

 

Day 2 – Wednesday, November 30, 2022   8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET

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Time

Min.

Subject

Presenter

8:30 -8:40

10

Opening Remarks

Megan Davis, PhD, MAFAC Chair

Jennifer Lukens, DFO

8:40 – 9:10

30

Reports from the State Directors Meeting and Fisheries Commissions – Informational

Outlook for year ahead

Bob Beal, Executive Director, Atlantic States

David Donaldson, Executive Director, Gulf States

Barry Thom, Executive Director, Pacific States

9:10 -10:00

50

NOAA Fisheries Budget Outlook & Administrative Update – Informational (presentation)

  • Status of FY2023 budget outlook.
  • Response/action to NAPA recommendation.

Brian Pawlak, Director, Office of Management and Budget

10:00 -10:30

30

Overview of BIL Funding and Restoration Opportunities – Informational (presentation)

  • Discuss the unprecedented opportunity created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to restore habitat for our trust resources and increase coastal and community resilience across the country.

Carrie Robinson, Director, Office of Habitat Conservation 

10:30– 10:45

15

Break/Stretch

 

10:45-11:15

30

Recreational Fisheries Activities –Informational (presentation)

  • Review current National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy and provide context for the MAFAC discussion
  • Update on federal agency collaboration efforts related to recreational fishing.

Russ Dunn, Senior Recreational Fisheries Advisor

11:15-12:00

45

Recreational Fishing Subcommittee – Presentation

  • Review draft recommendations for the NOAA National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy.
  • Questions/Discussion

Donna Kalez,  Subcommittee Chair

12:00 – 1:30

90

Lunch

 

1:30 – 2:45

75

Science Update – Informational (presentation)

  • Synthesis of Climate Science and the Next-Gen Data Acquisition Plan (NG-DAP) moving forward in FY23.
  • Climate, Ecosystems, and Fisheries Initiative (CEFI) Updates
  • Other science enterprise updates may be included.

Cisco Werner, PhD, Director, Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor

2:45 -3:45

60

Work Plan Discussion – Part II

Fisheries & Seafood Resilience, Priorities, and Vision for the Future

Megan Davis, PhD, MAFAC Chair

Jennifer Lukens, Director, Office of Policy and DFO

3:45-4:00

15

Break/Stretch

 

4:00 – 5:00

60

Subcommittee Work Time

  1. Workforce Management Working Group
  2. Recreational Fisheries Subcommittee

 

5:00 pm

 

Adjourn

 

Day 3 – Thursday,  December 1, 2022     8:30 AM – 2:40 PM ET

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Time

Min.

Subject

Presenter

8:30 – 9:30

60

Protected Resources Subcommittee – Subcommittee Work Time

Subcommittee is developing a survey to use for creating a severity index related to different fishery interactions with marine mammals and effectiveness of deterrents.

Sara McDonald, PhD

Subcommittee Chair

9:30-9:35

5

Opening Remarks

Megan Davis, Chair

Jennifer Lukens, Director, Office of Policy and DFO

9:35 -10:05

30

NOAA Fisheries Seafood Communications Update – Informational

Website Updates, FishWatch, new features, and stories of the “faces” of seafood

Laura Diederick, External Affairs Lead, Office of Communications

10:05-12:05

120

Approval of Draft Recommendations ACTION

Discussion & Final Action on a MAFAC recommendation for the National Saltwater Fishing Policy and Workforce Development.

  • Documents considered and approved are listed under the Key Resources section above. 

Megan Davis,  MAFAC Chair

12:05-1:20

75

Lunch

 

1:20 – 2:20

60

Work Plan Discussion – Part III

Fisheries & Seafood Resilience, Priorities, and Vision for the Future

 Reflect on earlier discussions and identify next steps (work products, working groups, etc.).

Megan Davis,  MAFAC Chair

2:20- 2:40

20

Close Out: Review of Action Items, Next Steps, Next Meeting

Megan Davis, Chair

Jennifer Lukens, Director, Office of Policy

2:40

 

Adjourn

 

Last updated by Office of Policy on 01/04/2023