Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings, 25018-25021 [E5-2338]

Download as PDF 25018 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 91 / Thursday, May 12, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 050905A] Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico; Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Gulf of Mexico Vermillion Snapper, Greater Amberjack, and Gray Triggerfish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of SEDAR Workshops for Gulf of Mexico vermillion snapper, greater amberjack, and gray triggerfish. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The SEDAR assessments of the Gulf of Mexico stocks of vermillion snapper, greater amberjack, and gray triggerfish will consist of a series of three workshops: a Data Workshop, an Assessment Workshop, and a Review Workshop. This is the ninth SEDAR. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. DATES: The Data Workshop will take place June 20 – 24, 2005; the Assessment Workshop will take place August 22 – 26, 2005; and the Review Workshop will take place December 12 – 16, 2005. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific information regarding dates, times and locations for the meetings. ADDRESSES: The Data Workshop will be held at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Phone: (504) 523–3341. The Assessment Workshop will be held at the Wyndham Grand Bay, 2669 South Bayshore Drive, Miami FL 33133. Phone:(305) 868–9600. The Review Workshop will be held at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Phone: (504) 504–523–3341. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Atran, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC), 3018 North U. S. Highway 301, Tampa, FL 33619. Phone: (813) 228–2815 or (888) 833–1844. John Carmichael, SEDAR Coordinator, 1 Southpark Circle # 306, Charleston, SC 29414. (843) 571–4366. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR includes VerDate jul<14>2003 19:04 May 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 three workshops: (1) Data Workshop, (2) Stock Assessment Workshop and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop and the Stock Assessment Workshop is a stock assessment report, which describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The Assessment Report is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is a Consensus Summary which reports Panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the regional Fishery Management Councils, the SERO, and the SEFSC and include data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and NGO’s International experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and Federal agencies. assessment developed during the Data and Assessment Workshops. Workshop Panelists will review the assessment and document their comments and recommendations in a Consensus Summary. Panelists will summarize the assessment results in an Advisory Report. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 business days prior to each workshop. May 9, 2005. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E5–2336 Filed 5–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SEDAR 9 Workshop Schedule [I.D. 050905D] June 20 – 24, 2005; SEDAR 9 Data Workshop Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings June 20, 2005: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; June 21 – 23, 2005: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; June 24, 2005: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. An assessment data set and documentation will be developed during the Data Workshop. The assessment data set will include catch statistics, discard estimates, length and age composition, fishery descriptions, biological sampling intensity, fishery dependent and fishery independent monitoring results, and life history characteristics. AGENCY: August 22 – 26, 2005; SEDAR 9 Assessment Workshop August 22, 2005: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; August 23 – 25, 2005: 8a.m. – 8 p.m.; August 26, 2005: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Using the data set collected from the Data Workshop, participants will develop population models, evaluate the status of the stock, estimate population benchmarks and Sustainable Fisheries Act criteria, and complete the Assessment Report. December 12 – 16, 2005; SEDAR 9 Review Workshop December 12, 2005: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; December 13 – 15, 2005: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; December 16, 2005: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Review Workshop is an independent peer review of the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings and hearings. SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 127th meeting and Advisory Panel meetings to consider and take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. DATES: The 127th Council meeting, Advisory Panel meetings and public hearings will be held on May 30 - June 2, 2005. For specific times, and the agenda, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The 127th Council meeting, Advisory Panel meetings and public hearings will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel,410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI; telephone: 808–955–4811. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; telephone: (808)522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In addition to the agenda items listed here, the Council will hear recommendations from other Council advisory groups. Public comment periods will be provided throughout the agenda. The order in which agenda items are E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 12MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 91 / Thursday, May 12, 2005 / Notices addressed may change. The Council will meet as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. Schedule and Agenda for Council Standing Committee Meetings Monday, May 30, 2005 Standing Committee 1. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Executive, Budget and Program Standing Committee Tuesday, May 31, 2005 A. Commercial Advisory Panel Report and Recommendations B. Recreation Advisory Panel Report and Recommendations C. Indigenous and Subsistence Advisory Panel Reports and Recommendations D. Ecosystem and Habitat Advisory Panel Report and Recommendations 6. Full Panel Discussion and Recommendations 7. Other Business 2. 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Ecosystem and Habitat Standing Committee 3. 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Pelagic and International Standing Committee 4. 9:30 a.m. – Noon Bottomfish Standing Committee 5. 9:30 a.m. – Noon Indigenous Rights Standing Committee Schedule and Agenda for Public Hearings Schedule and Agenda for Council Advisory Panel Meetings Community Demonstration Projects Program AP Recommendations Tuesday, May 31, 2005 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2005 11:30 a.m. – Noon Black Coral Management Options 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing Plan 7:30 a.m. – Noon 1. Introduction and Overview 2. Council Action Items A. Bigeye Overfishing a. Pelagic Plan Team Recommendations b. SSC Recommendations B. Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing a. Bottomfish Plan Team Report and Recommendations b. SSC Recommendations C. Data Intiatives a. Pelagic and Bottomfish Plan Team Recommendations b. SSC Recommendations D. Fishery Ecosystem Plans a. Coral Reef Ecosystem Plan Team Recommendations b. SSC Recommendations E. Black Coral Research and Management a. Precious Coral Plan Team Recommendations b. SSC Recommendations 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 3. Island Area Reports A. American Samoa B. Guam C. CNMI D. Hawaii 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 4. Discussion on Island Area Issues A. American Samoa B. Guam C. CNMI D. Hawaii Wednesday June 1, 2005 7:30 a.m. – Noon (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. if required) 5. Sub-Panel Chairman Reports VerDate jul<14>2003 19:04 May 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 Thursday, June 2, 2005 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Bigeye Tuna Overfishing Plan 11:30 a.m. – Noon MPA Objectives and Goals, Criteria for Establishing Monitoring and Evaluating MPAs First Draft. For more information on public hearing items, see Background Information. The agenda during the full Council meeting will include the items listed here. Schedule and Agenda for Council Meeting 1 p.m – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2005 1. Introductions 2. Approval of agenda 3. Approval of 126th meeting minutes 4. Island reports A. American Samoa B. Guam C. Hawaii D. CNMI 5. Reports from fishery agencies and organizations A. Department of Commerce a. NMFS i. Pacific Islands Regional Office ii. Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center b. National Marine Sanctuary Program i. Pacific Sanctuaries update c. NOAA General Counsel Southwest Region/Pacific Islands Region B. The Department of the Interior The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25019 C. State Department 6. Enforcement/vessel monitoring systems A. US Coast Guard activities B. NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) Activities C. Status of Violations 8 a.m – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday June 1, 2005 7. Protected Species A. Olive Ridley Sea Turtle BiOp B. Report on Marine Mammal Advisory Committee C. Report on Turtle Advisory Committee 8. Precious Coral Fisheries A. Black Coral Management a. State of Hawaii Black Coral Research b. Black Coral Management Options (ACTION ITEM) B. Advisory Panel Recommendations C. Plan Team Recommendations D. SSC Recommendations 9. Fishery Rights of Indigenous Peoples A. Community Demonstration Projects Program AP Recommendations (ACTION ITEM) B. South Pacific Community (SPC)Council- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Community-Based Management Workshop. C. SSC Recommendations D. Standing Committee Recommendations E. Advisory Panel Recommendations 10. Bottomfish Fisheries A. Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing Plan (ACTION ITEM) B. Plan Team Recommendations C. SSC Recommendations D. Standing Committee Recommendations E. Advisory Panel Recommendations 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday June 1, 2005 11. Fishers Forum A. Fish Tagging Programs B. Bottomfish and Bigeye Tuna Overfishing 8 a.m – 6 p.m. Thursday June 2, 2005 12. Pelagic Fisheries A. Bigeye Overfishing Plan (ACTION ITEM) B. Swordfish Season Report C. Stock Assessment Report and Status D. Plan Team Recommendations E. SSC Recommendations F. Standing Committee Recommendations G. Advisory Panel Recommendations 13. Ecosystems and Habitat A. MPA Objectives and Goals, Criteria for Establishing Monitoring and Evaluating MPAs First Draft (ACTION ITEM) B. Fishery Ecosystem Plans a. Strategic Level Alternatives for Marianas FEP E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 12MYN1 25020 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 91 / Thursday, May 12, 2005 / Notices b. Fishery Ecosystem Plan Workshop C. Plan Team Recommendationss D. SSC Recommendations E. Advisory Panel Recommendations F. Standing Committee Recommendations 14. Program Planning and Budget A. Hawaii Data Collection and Reporting Options B. Update on Legislation C. Magnuson Act Reauthorization D. Advisory Panel Recommendations E. Standing Committee Recommendations 15. Administrative Matters A. Financial Reports B. Administrative Report C. Meetings and Workshops D. Advisory Group Changes E. Standing Committee Recommendations 16. Other Business Background Information 1. Black Coral Management Options (Initial Action) A public hearing will be held on initial action to implement a framework adjustment to the Precious Corals FMP to revise the minimum harvest size for black corals (Antipathes sp.) due to the effects of Carijoa riisei and harvest pressure on black corals in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Based on comments received during Precious Coral Plan Team meetings, as well as subsequent SSC, Council, and public working group meetings, the Council developed an options document that includes: (1) Removing the exemption allowing harvest of black corals with a minimum base diameter of 3/4 inch (1.905 cm) or minimum height of 36 inches (0.9144 m) by persons who reported harvest to the State of Hawaii within 5 years prior to April 17, 2002; (2) establishing a 48– inch(1.2192 m)minimum height only requirement for harvest of black coral colonies; (3) eliminating any minimum base diameter requirement; and (4) eliminating any minimum height requirement. At its 127th meeting, the Council may take initial action to identify and support a range of alternatives, including selection of a preliminary preferred alternative, to be further analyzed in a framework adjustment to the Precious Coral Fishery Management Plan. 2. Community Demonstration Projects Program AP Recommendations (Action Item) A public hearing will be held on initial action to implement a framework adjustment to the Precious Corals FMP to revise the minimum harvest size for black corals (Antipathes sp.) due to the VerDate jul<14>2003 19:04 May 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 effects of Carijoa riisei and harvest pressure on black corals in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Based on comments received during Precious Coral Plan Team meetings, as well as subsequent SSC, Council, and public working group meetings, the Council developed an options document that includes: (1) Removing the exemption allowing harvest of black corals with a minimum base diameter of 3/4 inch(1.905 cm) or minimum height of 36 inches (0.9144 m) by persons who reported harvest to the State of Hawaii within five years prior to April 17, 2002; (2) Establishing a 48–inch(1.2192 m)minimum height only requirement for harvest of black coral colonies; (3) eliminating any minimum base diameter requirement; and (4) eliminating any minimum height requirement. At its 127th meeting, the Council may take initial action to identify and support a range of alternatives, including selection of a preliminary preferred alternative, to be further analyzed in a framework adjustment to the Precious Coral Fishery Management Plan. 3. Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing Plan (Initial Action) The Council is currently reviewing its responsibilities for sustainable fisheries under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, with respect to National Standard 1, which requires Councils to prevent overfishing and keep resources from becoming overfished. Under the reference points adopted by the Council, bottomfish resources in Hawaii are likely to soon be determined by the Secretary of Commerce to be experiencing overfishing due to excessive fishing effort in the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). Once that determination is made, the Council will have 1 year to recommend management measures to reduce fishing effort in the MHI bottomfish fishery. The Council will consider taking action to address two concerns: (1) the lack of data regarding bottomfish fishing mortality by recreational fishermen in the MHI and (2) the need to reduce bottomfish fishing mortality around the MHI to prevent overfishing on MHI bottomfish resources. Options to be considered by the Council to address data collection include: 1. No Option 2. Expand the Hawaii Marine Recreational Fishery Survey 3. Implement ‘‘Drop box’’ reporting 4. Require Federal permits and logbooks for recreational bottomfish fishermen 5. Conduct targeted surveys of Hawaii recreational bottomfish fishermen using PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the State’s bottomfish management registry Options to be considered by the Council to address excess fishing mortality in the MHI include: 1. No action. 2. Incorporate the State’s Main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish management regime into Federal regulations. 3. Establish new bottomfish area closures in Federal waters in the MHI in addition to the current state closures: 3a. Close Federal waters around Penguin Banks to bottomfish fishing 3b. Close Federal waters around Middle Bank to bottomfish fishing 4. Establish a control date for future MHI fishery participation. 5. Establish a limited entry program for the MHI fishery. 6. Establish individual fishing quotas for MHI fishermen. 7. Establish a Federal permit and logbook program for all fishermen targeting bottomfish on Penguin Banks or Middle Bank. 8. Establish July-September seasonal closures for targeting and landing of bottomfish from the MHI 4. Bigeye Tuna Overfishing Plan (Final Action) In December 2004, the Western Pacific and Pacific Councils were officially notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, that overfishing is occurring on bigeye tuna in the Pacific. As required by the Magnuson-Stevens Act (16 U.S.C. 1854 (e)(3)) and the implementing regulations at 50 CFR 600.310(e)(3), the Councils must take action to address overfishing within one year of an identification by the Secretary that overfishing is occurring. The overfishing determination was made in the annual report on the status of fisheries in 2003, which was transmitted to Congress on June 15, 2004, which means that the Council has until June 14, 2005 in which to take remedial action to end overfishing. Accordingly, 126th Council Meeting recommended that Council staff develop a plan to address BET overfishing in the Pacific Ocean and it elements and recommendations for domestic and international fisheries. The principal domestic measure recommended by the Council at it 126th meeting was that the Hawaii offshore tuna handline, private FAD, vertical longline and short-line (mainline < 1 nm) fisheries in the EEZ be federally permitted fisheries with log books, limited entry programs, and observers where appropriate. However, a more recent review of the data on the offshore E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 12MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 91 / Thursday, May 12, 2005 / Notices tuna handline by the Pelagic Plan Team (PPT)in May 2005, suggests that the available data on landings may not require a limited entry program at this time. However, there were concerns that the reported statistics for this fishery (which is actually a mix of different hook and line gears) may be underestimates, and that serious efforts should be made to pursue accurate landings data for the fishery. The PPT also approved a protocol to be incorporated into the Pelagics FMP by which the Council would take action on international management of HMS species. This includes ensuring Council inclusion in US delegations to international fishery management meetings and the drafting of position papers on measures to reduce overfishing and rebuild stocks. The Council will review PPT and SSC comments and recommendations and may take final action on an FMP amendment on how to deal with BET overfishing both in the domestic and international fisheries. 5. MPA Objectives and Goals, Criteria for Establishing Monitoring and Evaluating MPAs First Draft (Action Item) The Council MPA Working Group is developing a guide for Council family reference when working on MPA issues. ‘‘MPA Goals and Objectives, and Criteria for Establishing, Monitoring and Evaluating MPAs’’ is a dynamic document, updated with the best available science. The Document incorporates a flowchart illustrating a NEPA based process to establish, monitor and evaluate MPAs, and criteria for establishing, monitoring and evaluating MPAs are detailed. The Council is asked to review a first draft of this document. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before the Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issue arising after publication of this document that requires emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, VerDate jul<14>2003 19:04 May 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 (808)522–8220 (voice) or (808)522–8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: May 9, 2005. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E5–2338 Filed 5–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 041905B] Endangered Species; File No. 1356 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of permit amendment. 25021 extending south, west and north of the Marquesas Keys. Issuance of this modification, as required by the ESA was based on a finding that such permit modification (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of any endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: May 6, 2005. Stephen L. Leathery, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–9516 Filed 5–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Inwater Research Group Inc. has been issued a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1356. ADDRESSES: The modification and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727)824–5312; fax (727)824– 5517. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Opay or Ruth Johnson, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 23, 2005, notice was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 8767) that a modification of Permit No. 1356, issued July 11, 2002 (67 FR 45959), had been requested by the above-named organization. The requested modification has been granted under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222–226). The modification authorizes the Holder to attach satellite transmitters to a subset of the green sea turtles already authorized to be captured under the existing permit. It also allows researchers to conduct sampling all months of the year and to modify their study area to include a 30 kilometer area PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Preparation of a Special Area Management Plan and Associated 404 Permit Actions for the San Juan Creek and Western San Mateo Creek Watersheds, Orange County, CA AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Revised Notice of Intent (NOI). SUMMARY: The Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in the Federal Register (Vol. 66, No. 76, pages 20135–20136) on April 19, 2001, for a Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) within the San Juan Creek and western San Mateo Creek Watersheds. The Notice of Intent stated that the eventual document would be a joint state and federal document in coordination with the California Department of Fish and Game (Department). The Department intended to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act for the Department’s proposed Master Streambed Alteration Agreement (MSAA), a proposed state program analogous to the SAMP. It is now necessary to revise the Notice of Intent to reflect that the doucment will now be a federal document and not a joint federal and state document. Scoping commenced on April 19, 2001 with the publication of the original Notice of Intent in the Federal Register. In addition, the Corps issued a special public notice on the SAMP dated April 18, 2001, to the general public. A public scoping meeting was held on May 8, 2001, in San Juan Capistrano, California. E:\FR\FM\12MYN1.SGM 12MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 050905D]


Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

AGENCY:  National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION:  Notice of public meetings and hearings.

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SUMMARY:  The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold its 127\th\ meeting and Advisory Panel meetings to consider and 
take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific 
Region.

DATES:  The 127th Council meeting, Advisory Panel meetings and public 
hearings will be held on May 30 - June 2, 2005. For specific times, and 
the agenda, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The 127th Council meeting, Advisory Panel meetings and 
public hearings will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel,410 Atkinson Drive, 
Honolulu, HI; telephone: 808-955-4811.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; 
telephone: (808)522-8220.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In addition to the agenda items listed here, 
the Council will hear recommendations from other Council advisory 
groups. Public comment periods will be provided throughout the agenda. 
The order in which agenda items are

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addressed may change. The Council will meet as late as necessary to 
complete scheduled business.

Schedule and Agenda for Council Standing Committee Meetings

Monday, May 30, 2005

Standing Committee
    1. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Executive, Budget and Program Standing Committee

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    2. 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Ecosystem and Habitat Standing Committee
    3. 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Pelagic and International Standing Committee
    4. 9:30 a.m. - Noon Bottomfish Standing Committee
    5. 9:30 a.m. - Noon Indigenous Rights Standing Committee

Schedule and Agenda for Council Advisory Panel Meetings

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

7:30 a.m. - Noon
    1. Introduction and Overview
    2. Council Action Items
    A. Bigeye Overfishing
    a. Pelagic Plan Team Recommendations
    b. SSC Recommendations
    B. Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing
    a. Bottomfish Plan Team Report and Recommendations
    b. SSC Recommendations
    C. Data Intiatives
    a. Pelagic and Bottomfish Plan Team Recommendations
    b. SSC Recommendations
    D. Fishery Ecosystem Plans
    a. Coral Reef Ecosystem Plan Team Recommendations
    b. SSC Recommendations
    E. Black Coral Research and Management
    a. Precious Coral Plan Team Recommendations
    b. SSC Recommendations
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    3. Island Area Reports
    A. American Samoa
    B. Guam
    C. CNMI
    D. Hawaii
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    4. Discussion on Island Area Issues
    A. American Samoa
    B. Guam
    C. CNMI
    D. Hawaii

Wednesday June 1, 2005

7:30 a.m. - Noon (1 p.m. - 5 p.m. if required)
    5. Sub-Panel Chairman Reports
    A. Commercial Advisory Panel Report and Recommendations
    B. Recreation Advisory Panel Report and Recommendations
    C. Indigenous and Subsistence Advisory Panel Reports and 
Recommendations
    D. Ecosystem and Habitat Advisory Panel Report and Recommendations
    6. Full Panel Discussion and Recommendations
    7. Other Business

Schedule and Agenda for Public Hearings

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

11:30 a.m. - Noon
    Black Coral Management Options
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Community Demonstration Projects Program AP Recommendations
5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing Plan

Thursday, June 2, 2005

9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Bigeye Tuna Overfishing Plan
11:30 a.m. - Noon
    MPA Objectives and Goals, Criteria for Establishing Monitoring and 
Evaluating MPAs First Draft.
    For more information on public hearing items, see Background 
Information.
    The agenda during the full Council meeting will include the items 
listed here.

Schedule and Agenda for Council Meeting

1 p.m - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    1. Introductions
    2. Approval of agenda
    3. Approval of 126th meeting minutes
    4. Island reports
    A. American Samoa
    B. Guam
    C. Hawaii
    D. CNMI
    5. Reports from fishery agencies and organizations
    A. Department of Commerce
    a. NMFS
    i. Pacific Islands Regional Office
    ii. Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
    b. National Marine Sanctuary Program
    i. Pacific Sanctuaries update
    c. NOAA General Counsel Southwest Region/Pacific Islands Region
    B. The Department of the Interior - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (USFWS)
    C. State Department
    6. Enforcement/vessel monitoring systems A. US Coast Guard 
activities
    B. NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) Activities
    C. Status of Violations
    8 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday June 1, 2005
    7. Protected Species
    A. Olive Ridley Sea Turtle BiOp
    B. Report on Marine Mammal Advisory Committee
    C. Report on Turtle Advisory Committee
    8. Precious Coral Fisheries
    A. Black Coral Management
    a. State of Hawaii Black Coral Research
    b. Black Coral Management Options (ACTION ITEM)
    B. Advisory Panel Recommendations
    C. Plan Team Recommendations
    D. SSC Recommendations
    9. Fishery Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    A. Community Demonstration Projects Program AP Recommendations 
(ACTION ITEM)
    B. South Pacific Community (SPC)-Council- Food and Agriculture 
Organisation (FAO) Community-Based Management Workshop.
    C. SSC Recommendations
    D. Standing Committee Recommendations
    E. Advisory Panel Recommendations
    10. Bottomfish Fisheries
    A. Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing Plan (ACTION ITEM)
    B. Plan Team Recommendations
    C. SSC Recommendations
    D. Standing Committee Recommendations
    E. Advisory Panel Recommendations
    6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday June 1, 2005
    11. Fishers Forum
    A. Fish Tagging Programs
    B. Bottomfish and Bigeye Tuna Overfishing
    8 a.m - 6 p.m. Thursday June 2, 2005
    12. Pelagic Fisheries
    A. Bigeye Overfishing Plan (ACTION ITEM)
    B. Swordfish Season Report
    C. Stock Assessment Report and Status
    D. Plan Team Recommendations
    E. SSC Recommendations
    F. Standing Committee Recommendations
    G. Advisory Panel Recommendations
    13. Ecosystems and Habitat
    A. MPA Objectives and Goals, Criteria for Establishing Monitoring 
and Evaluating MPAs First Draft (ACTION ITEM)
    B. Fishery Ecosystem Plans
    a. Strategic Level Alternatives for Marianas FEP

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    b. Fishery Ecosystem Plan Workshop
    C. Plan Team Recommendationss
    D. SSC Recommendations
    E. Advisory Panel Recommendations
    F. Standing Committee Recommendations
    14. Program Planning and Budget
    A. Hawaii Data Collection and Reporting Options
    B. Update on Legislation
    C. Magnuson Act Reauthorization
    D. Advisory Panel Recommendations
    E. Standing Committee Recommendations
    15. Administrative Matters
    A. Financial Reports
    B. Administrative Report
    C. Meetings and Workshops
    D. Advisory Group Changes
    E. Standing Committee Recommendations
    16. Other Business

Background Information

1. Black Coral Management Options (Initial Action)

    A public hearing will be held on initial action to implement a 
framework adjustment to the Precious Corals FMP to revise the minimum 
harvest size for black corals (Antipathes sp.) due to the effects of 
Carijoa riisei and harvest pressure on black corals in the Main 
Hawaiian Islands. Based on comments received during Precious Coral Plan 
Team meetings, as well as subsequent SSC, Council, and public working 
group meetings, the Council developed an options document that 
includes: (1) Removing the exemption allowing harvest of black corals 
with a minimum base diameter of 3/4 inch (1.905 cm) or minimum height 
of 36 inches (0.9144 m) by persons who reported harvest to the State of 
Hawaii within 5 years prior to April 17, 2002; (2) establishing a 48-
inch(1.2192 m)minimum height only requirement for harvest of black 
coral colonies; (3) eliminating any minimum base diameter requirement; 
and (4) eliminating any minimum height requirement. At its 127th 
meeting, the Council may take initial action to identify and support a 
range of alternatives, including selection of a preliminary preferred 
alternative, to be further analyzed in a framework adjustment to the 
Precious Coral Fishery Management Plan.

2. Community Demonstration Projects Program AP Recommendations (Action 
Item)

    A public hearing will be held on initial action to implement a 
framework adjustment to the Precious Corals FMP to revise the minimum 
harvest size for black corals (Antipathes sp.) due to the effects of 
Carijoa riisei and harvest pressure on black corals in the Main 
Hawaiian Islands. Based on comments received during Precious Coral Plan 
Team meetings, as well as subsequent SSC, Council, and public working 
group meetings, the Council developed an options document that 
includes: (1) Removing the exemption allowing harvest of black corals 
with a minimum base diameter of 3/4 inch(1.905 cm) or minimum height of 
36 inches (0.9144 m) by persons who reported harvest to the State of 
Hawaii within five years prior to April 17, 2002; (2) Establishing a 
48-inch(1.2192 m)minimum height only requirement for harvest of black 
coral colonies; (3) eliminating any minimum base diameter requirement; 
and (4) eliminating any minimum height requirement. At its 127\th\ 
meeting, the Council may take initial action to identify and support a 
range of alternatives, including selection of a preliminary preferred 
alternative, to be further analyzed in a framework adjustment to the 
Precious Coral Fishery Management Plan.

3. Hawaii Bottomfish Overfishing Plan (Initial Action)

    The Council is currently reviewing its responsibilities for 
sustainable fisheries under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, with respect to 
National Standard 1, which requires Councils to prevent overfishing and 
keep resources from becoming overfished. Under the reference points 
adopted by the Council, bottomfish resources in Hawaii are likely to 
soon be determined by the Secretary of Commerce to be experiencing 
overfishing due to excessive fishing effort in the Main Hawaiian 
Islands (MHI). Once that determination is made, the Council will have 1 
year to recommend management measures to reduce fishing effort in the 
MHI bottomfish fishery. The Council will consider taking action to 
address two concerns: (1) the lack of data regarding bottomfish fishing 
mortality by recreational fishermen in the MHI and (2) the need to 
reduce bottomfish fishing mortality around the MHI to prevent 
overfishing on MHI bottomfish resources. Options to be considered by 
the Council to address data collection include:
    1. No Option
    2. Expand the Hawaii Marine Recreational Fishery Survey
    3. Implement ``Drop box'' reporting
    4. Require Federal permits and logbooks for recreational bottomfish 
fishermen
    5. Conduct targeted surveys of Hawaii recreational bottomfish 
fishermen using the State's bottomfish management registry
    Options to be considered by the Council to address excess fishing 
mortality in the MHI include:
    1. No action.
    2. Incorporate the State's Main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish 
management regime into Federal regulations.
    3. Establish new bottomfish area closures in Federal waters in the 
MHI in addition to the current state closures:
    3a. Close Federal waters around Penguin Banks to bottomfish fishing
    3b. Close Federal waters around Middle Bank to bottomfish fishing
    4. Establish a control date for future MHI fishery participation.
    5. Establish a limited entry program for the MHI fishery.
    6. Establish individual fishing quotas for MHI fishermen.
    7. Establish a Federal permit and logbook program for all fishermen 
targeting bottomfish on Penguin Banks or Middle Bank.
    8. Establish July-September seasonal closures for targeting and 
landing of bottomfish from the MHI

4. Bigeye Tuna Overfishing Plan (Final Action)

    In December 2004, the Western Pacific and Pacific Councils were 
officially notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service, on behalf 
of the Secretary of Commerce, that overfishing is occurring on bigeye 
tuna in the Pacific. As required by the Magnuson-Stevens Act (16 U.S.C. 
1854 (e)(3)) and the implementing regulations at 50 CFR 600.310(e)(3), 
the Councils must take action to address overfishing within one year of 
an identification by the Secretary that overfishing is occurring. The 
overfishing determination was made in the annual report on the status 
of fisheries in 2003, which was transmitted to Congress on June 15, 
2004, which means that the Council has until June 14, 2005 in which to 
take remedial action to end overfishing. Accordingly, 126th Council 
Meeting recommended that Council staff develop a plan to address BET 
overfishing in the Pacific Ocean and it elements and recommendations 
for domestic and international fisheries.
    The principal domestic measure recommended by the Council at it 
126\th\ meeting was that the Hawaii offshore tuna handline, private 
FAD, vertical longline and short-line (mainline < 1 nm) fisheries in 
the EEZ be federally permitted fisheries with log books, limited entry 
programs, and observers where appropriate. However, a more recent 
review of the data on the offshore

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tuna handline by the Pelagic Plan Team (PPT)in May 2005, suggests that 
the available data on landings may not require a limited entry program 
at this time. However, there were concerns that the reported statistics 
for this fishery (which is actually a mix of different hook and line 
gears) may be underestimates, and that serious efforts should be made 
to pursue accurate landings data for the fishery. The PPT also approved 
a protocol to be incorporated into the Pelagics FMP by which the 
Council would take action on international management of HMS species. 
This includes ensuring Council inclusion in US delegations to 
international fishery management meetings and the drafting of position 
papers on measures to reduce overfishing and rebuild stocks.
    The Council will review PPT and SSC comments and recommendations 
and may take final action on an FMP amendment on how to deal with BET 
overfishing both in the domestic and international fisheries.

5. MPA Objectives and Goals, Criteria for Establishing Monitoring and 
Evaluating MPAs First Draft (Action Item)

    The Council MPA Working Group is developing a guide for Council 
family reference when working on MPA issues. ``MPA Goals and 
Objectives, and Criteria for Establishing, Monitoring and Evaluating 
MPAs'' is a dynamic document, updated with the best available science. 
The Document incorporates a flowchart illustrating a NEPA based process 
to establish, monitor and evaluate MPAs, and criteria for establishing, 
monitoring and evaluating MPAs are detailed. The Council is asked to 
review a first draft of this document.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before the Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 
of formal Council action during this meeting. Council action will be 
restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any 
issue arising after publication of this document that requires 
emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified 
of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808)522-8220 
(voice) or (808)522-8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting 
date.

    Dated: May 9, 2005.
Emily Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E5-2338 Filed 5-11-05; 8:45 am]
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