The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel working group is scheduled to meet Aug. 2 in Boston to discuss using commercial fishing vessels to supplement current stock assessment surveys conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Logan Airport Hilton Garden Inn (100 Boardman St., Boston).

Created in June by the ortheast Trawl Advisory Panel, the working group aims to address how how best to deploy additional survey capacity using chartered commercial fishing vessels funded by the science center. The science center provides the working group with meeting summaries and reports, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council provides staff support.

The working group will receive a short update on upcoming witch flounder work; review the draft “terms of reference” for augmenting current survey efforts; discuss the full range of options; and draft recommendations for consideration by the broader Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel. Final recommendations will be presented to the Mid-Atlantic and New England Councils.

Visit the Mid-Atlantic Council’s website for more information.

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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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