New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting, 51577-51578 [E6-14461]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 30, 2006 / Notices successful implementation of the goals and objectives of the Reserve. The mission of the Reserve management plan is to improve the stewardship of the region’s estuarine and coastal watershed ecosystems. The management plan identifies the following priority issues facing the Reserve: Water quality/eutrophication/ watershed land-use; climate change/sea level rise/shoreline change; and assessment of ecosystem response to natural variability and human impacts. The management plan identifies five goals that are addressed through active management. The goals are (l) improve the understanding of coastal ecosystems and the human influences on them, (2) improve environmental literacy in communities to enable environmentallysustainable decision-making, (3) demonstrate sustainable stewardship of the land and water ecosystems within the Reserve to serve as a model for community stewardship in the region, (4) foster dialogue and development of coastal ecosystem management solutions through sustained community engagement, (5) improve operations, infrastructure and stature of the Reserve. The Reserve’s management plan addresses these goals with specific programs for resource management and protection and stewardship, research and monitoring, education and training, public access and visitor use, program administration, and partnerships and regional coordination. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Grimm at (301) 563–7101 or Kate Barba, Acting Chief, Estuarine Reserves Division at (301) 563–1158 of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Dated: August 25, 2006. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. E6–14430 Filed 8–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a two-day Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in October 2006. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of HMS. The AP meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2006, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2006. DATES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA, 22311; phone: 703–845–1010 ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at 301– 713–2347. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104–297, provided for the establishment of an AP to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery Management Plan (FMP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of AP members when preparing and implementing FMPs or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. The AP has previously consulted with NMFS on: the HMS FMP (April 1999), Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003), Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999), and the Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP in February 2006. The October 2006 AP meeting will focus on conservation and management options for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at (301) 713–2347, at least 7 days prior to the meeting. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES [I.D. 081406A] Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Dated: August 24, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–7262 Filed 8–25–06; 2:36 pm] National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Aug 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51577 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 082506B] New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a 3-day Council meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26 beginning at 9 a.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 and 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m., each day. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, One Newbury Street, Peabody, MA 01960; telephone: (978)535–4600.Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465–0492. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 Following introductions, the Council will hold elections for 2006–07 officers. A series of brief reports will follow from the Council Chairman and Executive Director, the NOAA Northeast Regional Administrator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, NOAA General Counsel and representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Scallop Survey Advisory Panel and the Northeast Multispecies Capacity Reduction Committee. During this morning session, the Council also will receive a report from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center on recent oceanographic variability in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank regions and the implications for fisheries. The Council will then review and approve the following for inclusion in phase I of the NEFMC’s Essential Fish Habitat Omnibus Amendment: essential fish habitat designation alternatives for red crab and Atlantic salmon; alternatives for habitat areas of particular concern E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 51578 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 30, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES (HAPCs); the prey species-related sections of the amendment, as well as the non-fishing impacts section. The Council’s Sea Scallop Committee intends to recommend approval of final alternatives to be considered and analyzed in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to accompany Amendment 11 to the Scallop Fishery Management Plan. This will be followed by a presentation on the updated estimate of exploitable scallop biomass in the Elephant Trunk area. Wednesday, September 27, 2006 During the morning session, the Council’s Research Steering Committee Chairman will report on the committee’s recommendations concerning the use of information provided in several cooperative research final reports. This will be followed by a presentation on the recent activities of the Northeast Cooperative Research Partners Program. The rest of the morning session will be used to discuss the Groundfish Committee’s report. Items will include possible action on recommendations for the 2009 Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Plan adjustment as well as consideration of recommendations concerning standards for approving additional gear for the Eastern U.S./ Canada Haddock Special Access Program. During the afternoon portion of the meeting, there will be a presentation on the results of the 43rd Stock Assessment Workshop/Stock Assessment Review Committee meeting. Species to be addressed include dogfish, red crab and black sea bass. A report on the results of the Transboundary Resource Assessment Committee’s findings on the status of Eastern Georges Bank cod, haddock and yellowtail flounder will follow. The Council will then consider and could approve the recommendations of the Transboundary Management Guidance Committee for fishing year 2007 Total Allowable Catches for yellowtail flounder, cod and haddock caught in the U.S./Canada area. The day will conclude with a report from the Standard Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) Committee on the development of an amendment to implement an SBRM process across all NEFMC fishery management plans (FMPs). This will include comments from the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee on a recommended approach and the selection of preferred alternatives. Thursday, September 28, 2006 The Council will spend the morning session on Atlantic herring management issues. Members will consider final VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Aug 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 recommendations for multi-year fishery specifications (2007–09). Beforehand, members will consider the recommendations of the Herring Committee, Advisory Panel and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Herring Section. During the afternoon session, the Council will receive a summary of the comments collected during recent scoping meetings on the management of small mesh multispecies. Following this review, members will provide guidance to the Small Mesh Multispecies Committee as they move forward to develop a fishery management plan amendment. The Skate Annual Review will follow in which the status of the seven species managed through the Skate Fishery Management Plan will be discussed, along with any necessary actions that might be required. Prior to adjournment, there will be consideration of a recommendation to NOAA Fisheries to initiate a data collection program for the hagfish fishery. Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subjects of formal action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the MagnusonStevens Act, provided that the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: August 25, 2006. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–14461 Filed 8–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 082406B] National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Frm 00013 Notice of a public meeting. SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its Crustaceans Plan Team (CPT) meeting, in Honolulu, HI. ADDRESSES: The CPT meeting will be held at the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Office, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813. The meeting of the CPT will be held on September 15, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; telephone: (808) 522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CPT will meet on September 15, 2006, to discuss the following agenda items: 1. Introductions 2. Review of Last Plan Team Meeting and Recommendations 3. Adding Heterocarpus as a Management Unit Species to the Crustaceans Fishery Management Plan 4. Update on Lobster Research Activities The order in which agenda items are addressed may change. Public comment periods will be provided throughout the agenda. The Plan Team will meet as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before the Plan Team for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Plan Team 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. DATES: Special Accommodations This meeting is 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. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting PO 00000 ACTION: Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: August 25, 2006. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 082506B]


New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold 
a 3-day Council meeting to consider actions affecting New England 
fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26 beginning at 9 
a.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 and 28, beginning at 
8:30 a.m., each day.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, One Newbury 
Street, Peabody, MA 01960; telephone: (978)535-4600.Council address: 
New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, 
Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council, telephone: (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Following introductions, the Council will hold elections for 2006-
07 officers. A series of brief reports will follow from the Council 
Chairman and Executive Director, the NOAA Northeast Regional 
Administrator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic 
Fishery Management Council liaisons, NOAA General Counsel and 
representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, the Atlantic 
States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Scallop Survey Advisory Panel 
and the Northeast Multispecies Capacity Reduction Committee. During 
this morning session, the Council also will receive a report from the 
Northeast Fisheries Science Center on recent oceanographic variability 
in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank regions and the implications for 
fisheries. The Council will then review and approve the following for 
inclusion in phase I of the NEFMC's Essential Fish Habitat Omnibus 
Amendment: essential fish habitat designation alternatives for red crab 
and Atlantic salmon; alternatives for habitat areas of particular 
concern

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(HAPCs); the prey species-related sections of the amendment, as well as 
the non-fishing impacts section. The Council's Sea Scallop Committee 
intends to recommend approval of final alternatives to be considered 
and analyzed in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 
to accompany Amendment 11 to the Scallop Fishery Management Plan. This 
will be followed by a presentation on the updated estimate of 
exploitable scallop biomass in the Elephant Trunk area.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    During the morning session, the Council's Research Steering 
Committee Chairman will report on the committee's recommendations 
concerning the use of information provided in several cooperative 
research final reports. This will be followed by a presentation on the 
recent activities of the Northeast Cooperative Research Partners 
Program. The rest of the morning session will be used to discuss the 
Groundfish Committee's report. Items will include possible action on 
recommendations for the 2009 Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Plan 
adjustment as well as consideration of recommendations concerning 
standards for approving additional gear for the Eastern U.S./Canada 
Haddock Special Access Program. During the afternoon portion of the 
meeting, there will be a presentation on the results of the 43rd Stock 
Assessment Workshop/Stock Assessment Review Committee meeting. Species 
to be addressed include dogfish, red crab and black sea bass. A report 
on the results of the Transboundary Resource Assessment Committee's 
findings on the status of Eastern Georges Bank cod, haddock and 
yellowtail flounder will follow. The Council will then consider and 
could approve the recommendations of the Transboundary Management 
Guidance Committee for fishing year 2007 Total Allowable Catches for 
yellowtail flounder, cod and haddock caught in the U.S./Canada area. 
The day will conclude with a report from the Standard Bycatch Reporting 
Methodology (SBRM) Committee on the development of an amendment to 
implement an SBRM process across all NEFMC fishery management plans 
(FMPs). This will include comments from the Council's Scientific and 
Statistical Committee on a recommended approach and the selection of 
preferred alternatives.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

    The Council will spend the morning session on Atlantic herring 
management issues. Members will consider final recommendations for 
multi-year fishery specifications (2007-09). Beforehand, members will 
consider the recommendations of the Herring Committee, Advisory Panel 
and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Herring Section. During 
the afternoon session, the Council will receive a summary of the 
comments collected during recent scoping meetings on the management of 
small mesh multispecies. Following this review, members will provide 
guidance to the Small Mesh Multispecies Committee as they move forward 
to develop a fishery management plan amendment. The Skate Annual Review 
will follow in which the status of the seven species managed through 
the Skate Fishery Management Plan will be discussed, along with any 
necessary actions that might be required. Prior to adjournment, there 
will be consideration of a recommendation to NOAA Fisheries to initiate 
a data collection program for the hagfish fishery.
    Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda 
may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be 
the subjects of formal action during this meeting. Council action will 
be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and 
any issues arising after publication of this notice that require 
emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 
provided that the public has been notified of the Council's intent to 
take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: August 25, 2006.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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