10:30 a.m.

The effect of bottom tending mobile gear in New England: A conservation perspective— Anthony Chatwin, Conservation Law Foundation

11:00 a.m.

Problems with the environmental assessments of bottom trawling and scallop dredging— Chris Zeman, American Oceans Campaign

11:30 a.m.

General Discussion

12:00 p.m.


Preliminary balance sheet for Georges Bank closed areas—Brian Rothschild, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

1:00 p.m.

Gear effect and habitat studies in Georges Bank closed areas—Frank Almeida, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NMFS

1:30 p.m.

Habitat concerns of the New England Fishery Management Council—Tom Hill, Chair, New England Fishery Management Council

2:00 p.m.

Marine habitat management in Maine—Linda Mercer, Maine Department of Marine Resources

2:30 p.m.

Management considerations for implementing habitat protection measures—Andy Rosenberg, University of New Hampshire

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

A fisherman’s perspective on trawling—Bill Amaru, Fisherman and New England Fishery Management Council Member

3:45 p.m.

Fishing gear and impacts of small boat trawlers—David Goethel, Fisherman

4:00 p.m.

Trawling and dredging effects: An industry perspective—Nils Stolpe, Garden State Seafood Association

4:30 p.m.

General Discussion

5:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourns for the day

Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center

7 Hope Boulevard

Galveston, TX 77554

March 5-6, 2001



1:00 p.m.

Welcome and introduction—John Steele, Chair

Gulf of Mexico Fisheries

1:30 p.m.

Management of bottom gear in the Gulf of Mexico with emphasis on trawling and thoughts on impacts to essential fish habitat—Rick Leard, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

2:00 p.m.

State management of bottom trawl fisheries—Jeff Rester, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission

2:30 p.m.


3:00 p.m.


Community Concerns

3:30 p.m.

Recommendations for addressing the impacts of bottom trawling in the Gulf of Mexico— Chris Dorsett, Gulf Restoration Network

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