The state Division of Marine Fisheries is holding online meetings in March for the shrimp fishery management plan advisory committee to review draft Amendment 2 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.
Workshops are from 6-8:30 p.m. March 2; 3-6 p.m. March 4 and March 9; 3-7 p.m. March 10 and March 11; and 5-8 p.m. March 15. Links to join each meeting or the number to listen by phone can be found on the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee Workshops Page. While the workshops are open to the public, no public comment will be accepted.
The workshops, part of a revised fishery management plan process, consists of the fishery management plan advisory committee and the division plan development team members working together to discuss issues and refine the draft amendment provided by the division, according to the division.
The advisory committee will offer input for consideration to refine management options in draft Amendment 2 of the plan. Workshop-style meetings will allow scientists, managers and stakeholders on the committee to address questions, comments and concerns more effectively and in a less formal setting.
Based on the outcome of the workshops, the division will present a revised draft of Amendment 2 to the Marine Fisheries Commission later this year. Additional public review and comment on the draft plan will then be solicited and is critical input to completing the final plan.