South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings, 65013-65015 [E7-22516]

Download as PDF rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 222 / Monday, November 19, 2007 / Notices 252), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be conducting Phase II research on voting equipment certified or submitted for certification to the 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. NIST Phase I and NIST Phase II research support Technical Guidelines Development Committee Resolution 05–05, Human Performance-Based Standards and Usability Testing, and are designed to: (1) Determine the realistic usability benchmarks for current voting system technology to support usability performance standards in next generation voluntary voting systems standards, and (2) develop usability test protocols for conformance testing of such standards. NIST may also examine relevant instructions, documentation and error messages, without doing any direct usability studies thereon. Phase I provided research for determining initial benchmarks (see: https:// vote.nist.gov/meeting-08172007/ Usability-Benchmarks-080907.doc), and Phase II continues the research to develop usability test protocols. Interested manufacturers should contact NIST at the address given above. NIST will supply a Letter of Understanding, which the manufacturer must execute and send back to NIST. NIST will then provide the manufacturer with shipping instructions for the manufacturer’s equipment. The equipment provided will be returned to the manufacturer after the NIST experiments, approximately one year from commencement of the experiments. Manufacturers should be aware that some of the testing could damage or destroy the equipment, although NIST expects only normal wear and tear associated with approximately 100 to 1,000 votes cast on the equipment by simulated voters. At the conclusion of the experiments, the equipment will be returned to the manufacturer in its post-testing condition. Neither NIST, nor the Election Assistance Commission, nor the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, will be responsible for the condition of the equipment when returned to the manufacturer. As a condition for participating in this program, each manufacturer must agree in advance to hold harmless all of these parties for the condition of the equipment. Information acquired during the tests regarding potential usability problems will be reported to the respective manufacturer. Results for identifiable vendor equipment will not be released. Comparative information may be released in a blind manner. Performance standards benchmarks and conformance VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:17 Nov 16, 2007 Jkt 214001 test procedures will be made publicly available. Participating manufacturers should include or provide a technical tutorial on the setup and deployment of the equipment. NIST will pay all shipping costs, and there is no cost to the manufacturer for the testing. No modification to the equipment is permitted during the testing process. Voting equipment certified or submitted for certification to the 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines that will be accepted for the experiments includes Direct Recording Electronic, and Optical Scan systems and Accessible Voting Systems used to cast and count votes as well as software used for ballot design and creation. Dated: November 9, 2007. Richard F. Kayser, Acting Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E7–22570 Filed 11–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XD96 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its, Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), Spiny Lobster Committee, Joint Executive and Finance Committees, Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee, Ecosystem-based Management Committee, SSC Selection Committee (Closed Session), Standard Operations, Policy, and Procedures (SOPPs) Committee, and a meeting of the full Council. The Council will also hold a meeting of the Limited Access Privilege (LAP) Program Exploratory Workgroup and public hearings regarding Amendment 15A to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to address rebuilding plans for snowy grouper, black sea bass, and red porgy, and Amendment 15B to the Snapper Grouper FMP addressing the sale of recreationally-caught snapper grouper species, methods to reduce the effects of incidental hooking on sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65013 commercial permit renewal periods and transferability requirements, implementation of a plan to monitor and access bycatch, establishment of reference points, such as Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and Optimum Yield (OY) for golden tilefish, and establishment of allocations for snowy grouper and red porgy. In addition, the Council will hold a public scoping meeting for: 1) Amendment 7 to the Shrimp FMP addressing current qualifying criteria for a limited access program for the South Atlantic rock shrimp fishery and 2) allocation of the South Atlantic commercial king mackerel quota. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details. DATES: The meetings will be held in December 2007. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. The meetings will be held at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512; telephone: (1–800) 624–8875 or (252) 240–1155. Copies of documents are available from Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer; telephone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free at (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769–4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Meeting Dates 1. Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting: December 2, 2007, 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.; December 3, 2007 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and December 4, 2007 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m (Concurrent Sessions) The Scientific and Statistical Committee will meet to identify an independent reviewer and SSC participants for SEDAR assessments, review scheduling and planning for upcoming SEDAR assessment activities, and discuss fishing level recommendations. The SSC will also receive an update on the status of Amendment 14 to the Snapper Grouper FMP addressing marine protected areas. The Committee will be provided with at status update and provide recommendations on Amendment 16 to the Snapper Grouper FMP to address overfishing for gag and vermilion snapper, and Amendments 15A and Amendment 15B to the Snapper Grouper FMP. The SSC will also review additional proposed amendments to the Snapper Grouper FMP, a proposed Comprehensive Allocation Amendment, E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 65014 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 222 / Monday, November 19, 2007 / Notices Amendment 7 to the Shrimp FMP, the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) and the FEP Comprehensive Amendment, and potential methods for allocation of the commercial king mackerel quota, and conduct other business as required. 2. Spiny Lobster Committee Meeting: December 3, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. The Spiny Lobster Committee will meet to discuss the development of a three-Council amendment to address imports, with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council as the administrative lead. The Committee will review and discuss other issues in the fishery and develop a timeline for the next amendment. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 3. Joint Executive and Finance Committees Meeting: December 3, 2007, 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Executive and Finance Committees will meet to discuss and approve the Calendar Year (CY) 2008 FMP/Amendment/Framework Schedule, Activities Schedule, and the 2008 budget. The Committees will also discuss a proposed new Scoping/Public Hearing Process and develop recommendations for the Council. 4. SEDAR Committee Meeting: December 3, 2007, 4:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. The SEDAR Committee will meet to review and discuss actions from the recent SEDAR Steering Committee meeting, review and discuss SEDAR 17 addressing South Atlantic Spanish mackerel and vermilion snapper, and develop recommendations for the May 2008 SEDAR Steering Committee meeting. Note: The Council will hold a public scoping meeting and public hearings on December 3, 2007 beginning at 7 p.m. Public scoping will be held for Amendment 7 to the Shrimp FMP addressing permit renewal qualifications for the South Atlantic rock shrimp fishery. A scoping session will also be held to address potential methods for allocation of the South Atlantic commercial king mackerel quota. Public hearings will be held for Amendment 15A to the Snapper Grouper FMP addressing stock rebuilding plans for snowy grouper, black sea bass, and red porgy, and Amendment 15B to the Snapper Grouper FMP that addresses: (1) the sale of recreationally-caught snapper grouper species, (2) methods to reduce the effects of incidental hooking on sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish, (3) changes to commercial permit renewal periods and transferability VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:17 Nov 16, 2007 Jkt 214001 requirements, (4) implementation of a plan to monitor and access bycatch, (5) establishment of reference points, such as Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and Optimum Yield (OY) for golden tilefish, and (6) establishment of allocations for snowy grouper and red porgy. 5. Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting: December 4, 2007, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and December 5, 2007, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon The Snapper Grouper Committee will begin its meeting with a legal briefing on recent litigation (CLOSED SESSION). The Committee will then complete its meeting in Open Session. The Committee will review amendment content and timing, and review and approve Amendment 16 for public hearing. The Committee will also review Amendment 15A public hearing and SSC comments and approve the amendment for formal review by the Secretary of Commerce. They will also review Amendment 15B public hearing comments and SSC comments and provide direction to staff, and review Amendment 17 and approve for public scoping. Management issues covered in Amendment 17 include but are not limited to: allocation overages, bycatch reduction in the deepwater snapper grouper fishery, changes in the golden tilefish fishing year, regional quotas for snowy grouper, snapper grouper longline fishery, etc. 6. LAP Program Exploratory Workgroup Meeting: December 5, 2007, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and December 6, 2007, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Concurrent Sessions) The LAP Program Workgroup will meet to review the updated LAP Program Workgroup Draft Working Document, receive updates from the Outreach Sub-Committee and the Monitoring Sub-Committee, and receive a presentation on Status Quo Expectations. The Workgroup will receive law enforcement option recommendations, a presentation on Initial Allocation Analyses, and discuss Initial Allocation Options. The Workgroup will also discuss LAP Program options that consider regional differences, community quota and regional fishing associations, and cooperatives and sector allocation programs. 7. Joint Habitat and Ecosystem-based Management Committees Meeting: December 5, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Habitat Committee will meet jointly with the Ecosystem-based Management Committee to review recommendations from the recent PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 meeting of the joint Habitat and Coral Advisory Panels, review a proposal from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary for a closed research area, and receive updates on the development of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) and the FEP Comprehensive Amendment. The Committee will discuss and develop a position on a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposal, and receive reports on Ocean Observing Systems and an alternative energy workshop. 8. SSC Selection Committee Meeting: December 6, 2007, 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. (CLOSED SESSION) The SSC Selection Committee will discuss SSC tasks, personnel requirements, and technical committees. 9. SOPPs Committee Meeting: December 6, 2007, 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon The SOPPs Committee will receive an update on the review of the Council’s SOPPs by the Secretary of Commerce and develop changes if necessary. 10. Council Session: December 6, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. and December 7, 2007, 8 a.m. until 12 noon Council Session: December 6, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., the Council will call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, and approve the September 2007 meeting minutes. From 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation from the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center on the Data Improvement Plan. From 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation on the South Atlantic Alliance. From 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the SSC. From 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation on the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) Program. From 3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Spiny Lobster Committee and take action as appropriate. From 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Snapper Grouper Committee, approve Amendment 15A for submission to the Secretary of Commerce, and consider other recommendations and take action as appropriate. 4 p.m - Public Comment Session: Public comment on Amendment 15A to the Snapper Grouper FMP. From 5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the LAP Program Work Group and take action as appropriate. E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 222 / Monday, November 19, 2007 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES From 5:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Joint Executive and Finance Committees and take action as appropriate. From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation on the Gulf of Mexico Council’s Aquaculture Plan (that will amend the joint Spiny Lobster and Coastal Migratory Pelagics FMPs), allow for public comment (immediately following the presentation) and take Council action. Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public comment, the times and sequence specified on this agenda are subject to change. Council Session: December 7, 2007, 8 a.m. - 12 noon. From 8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m., the Council will receive a report from the SEDAR Committee and take action as appropriate. From 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., the Council will receive a report from the joint Habitat and Ecosystem-based Committees and take action as appropriate. From 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m., the Council will receive a report from the SSC Selection Committee and take action as appropriate. From 8:45 a.m. - 9 a.m., the Council will receive a report from the SOPPs Committee and take action as appropriate. From 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., the Council will discuss a Comprehensive Allocation Amendment and provide guidance to staff. From 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., the Council will review and develop comments on the Environmental Assessment for ‘‘Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Pelagic Longline Research’’. From 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., the Council will review and develop recommendations on Experimental Fishing Permits as necessary. From 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon, the Council will receive status reports from NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center, agency and liaison reports, and discuss other business including upcoming meetings. Documents regarding these issues are available from the Council office (see ADDRESSES). Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subjects of formal final Council 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 the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Dated: November 13, 2007. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E7–22516 Filed 11–16–07; 8:45 am] VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:17 Nov 16, 2007 Jkt 214001 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) by November 30, 2007. BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the proposed addition to this continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Written comments must be submitted on or before January 18, 2008. 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Abstract A work-sharing pilot program is being established between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). This work-sharing program is called the ‘‘New Route.’’ Under the New Route, a filing in one member office of this arrangement would be deemed a filing in all member offices. The first office and applicant would be given a 30month processing time frame in which to make available a first office action and any necessary translations to the second office(s), and the second office(s) would exploit the search and examination results in conducting their own examination. The New Route proposal permits the search and examination results of the first office to be transmitted to the second office(s) according to an internationally coordinated time frame. By allowing the second office to exploit the search and examination results of the first office, the primary benefits of the New Route program would be to reduce overall office workload, minimize duplication of search efforts, and increase examination quality. Because the New Route, as envisioned, would require changes in law in both the USPTO and JPO, the USPTO and JPO agreed to commence a pilot program to test the New Route concept based on the two filing scenarios currently available under existing law in both offices. The two filing scenarios eligible to participate in the New Route pilot program are: (1) A priority application is filed in the first office and a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application claiming priority to that application is filed with the same office as the PCT Receiving Office; if the priority application is examined within about 24 months and the corresponding PCT application enters the national stage in the second office, that national stage application would be eligible to participate in the New Route pilot program based on the priority application; and (2) a PCT application is filed at the first office as the PCT Receiving Office (no priority application), the PCT application enters the national stage early in the first office so that search and examination results on the national stage application are available by about the 24th month, and the PCT application enters national stage in the second office at the 30th month. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN: 0648-XD96


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold a meeting of its, Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), 
Spiny Lobster Committee, Joint Executive and Finance Committees, 
Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Committee, Snapper 
Grouper Committee, Ecosystem-based Management Committee, SSC Selection 
Committee (Closed Session), Standard Operations, Policy, and Procedures 
(SOPPs) Committee, and a meeting of the full Council. The Council will 
also hold a meeting of the Limited Access Privilege (LAP) Program 
Exploratory Workgroup and public hearings regarding Amendment 15A to 
the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to address rebuilding 
plans for snowy grouper, black sea bass, and red porgy, and Amendment 
15B to the Snapper Grouper FMP addressing the sale of recreationally-
caught snapper grouper species, methods to reduce the effects of 
incidental hooking on sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish, commercial 
permit renewal periods and transferability requirements, implementation 
of a plan to monitor and access bycatch, establishment of reference 
points, such as Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and Optimum Yield (OY) 
for golden tilefish, and establishment of allocations for snowy grouper 
and red porgy. In addition, the Council will hold a public scoping 
meeting for: 1) Amendment 7 to the Shrimp FMP addressing current 
qualifying criteria for a limited access program for the South Atlantic 
rock shrimp fishery and 2) allocation of the South Atlantic commercial 
king mackerel quota. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional 
details.

DATES: The meetings will be held in December 2007. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach 
Oceanfront Hotel, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512; 
telephone: (1-800) 624-8875 or (252) 240-1155. Copies of documents are 
available from Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic 
Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North 
Charleston, SC 29405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information 
Officer; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free at (866) SAFMC-10; fax: 
(843) 769-4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Meeting Dates

1. Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting: December 2, 2007, 3 
p.m. until 6 p.m.; December 3, 2007 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and 
December 4, 2007 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m (Concurrent Sessions)

    The Scientific and Statistical Committee will meet to identify an 
independent reviewer and SSC participants for SEDAR assessments, review 
scheduling and planning for upcoming SEDAR assessment activities, and 
discuss fishing level recommendations. The SSC will also receive an 
update on the status of Amendment 14 to the Snapper Grouper FMP 
addressing marine protected areas. The Committee will be provided with 
at status update and provide recommendations on Amendment 16 to the 
Snapper Grouper FMP to address overfishing for gag and vermilion 
snapper, and Amendments 15A and Amendment 15B to the Snapper Grouper 
FMP. The SSC will also review additional proposed amendments to the 
Snapper Grouper FMP, a proposed Comprehensive Allocation Amendment,

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Amendment 7 to the Shrimp FMP, the Council's Fishery Ecosystem Plan 
(FEP) and the FEP Comprehensive Amendment, and potential methods for 
allocation of the commercial king mackerel quota, and conduct other 
business as required.

2. Spiny Lobster Committee Meeting: December 3, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 3 
p.m.

    The Spiny Lobster Committee will meet to discuss the development of 
a three-Council amendment to address imports, with the Caribbean 
Fishery Management Council as the administrative lead. The Committee 
will review and discuss other issues in the fishery and develop a 
timeline for the next amendment.

3. Joint Executive and Finance Committees Meeting: December 3, 2007, 3 
p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    The Executive and Finance Committees will meet to discuss and 
approve the Calendar Year (CY) 2008 FMP/Amendment/Framework Schedule, 
Activities Schedule, and the 2008 budget. The Committees will also 
discuss a proposed new Scoping/Public Hearing Process and develop 
recommendations for the Council.

4. SEDAR Committee Meeting: December 3, 2007, 4:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

    The SEDAR Committee will meet to review and discuss actions from 
the recent SEDAR Steering Committee meeting, review and discuss SEDAR 
17 addressing South Atlantic Spanish mackerel and vermilion snapper, 
and develop recommendations for the May 2008 SEDAR Steering Committee 
meeting.
    Note: The Council will hold a public scoping meeting and public 
hearings on December 3, 2007 beginning at 7 p.m. Public scoping will be 
held for Amendment 7 to the Shrimp FMP addressing permit renewal 
qualifications for the South Atlantic rock shrimp fishery. A scoping 
session will also be held to address potential methods for allocation 
of the South Atlantic commercial king mackerel quota.
    Public hearings will be held for Amendment 15A to the Snapper 
Grouper FMP addressing stock rebuilding plans for snowy grouper, black 
sea bass, and red porgy, and Amendment 15B to the Snapper Grouper FMP 
that addresses: (1) the sale of recreationally-caught snapper grouper 
species, (2) methods to reduce the effects of incidental hooking on sea 
turtles and smalltooth sawfish, (3) changes to commercial permit 
renewal periods and transferability requirements, (4) implementation of 
a plan to monitor and access bycatch, (5) establishment of reference 
points, such as Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and Optimum Yield (OY) 
for golden tilefish, and (6) establishment of allocations for snowy 
grouper and red porgy.

5. Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting: December 4, 2007, 8 a.m. until 5 
p.m. and December 5, 2007, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon

    The Snapper Grouper Committee will begin its meeting with a legal 
briefing on recent litigation (CLOSED SESSION). The Committee will then 
complete its meeting in Open Session. The Committee will review 
amendment content and timing, and review and approve Amendment 16 for 
public hearing. The Committee will also review Amendment 15A public 
hearing and SSC comments and approve the amendment for formal review by 
the Secretary of Commerce. They will also review Amendment 15B public 
hearing comments and SSC comments and provide direction to staff, and 
review Amendment 17 and approve for public scoping. Management issues 
covered in Amendment 17 include but are not limited to: allocation 
overages, bycatch reduction in the deepwater snapper grouper fishery, 
changes in the golden tilefish fishing year, regional quotas for snowy 
grouper, snapper grouper longline fishery, etc.

6. LAP Program Exploratory Workgroup Meeting: December 5, 2007, 8 a.m. 
until 6 p.m. and December 6, 2007, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Concurrent 
Sessions)

    The LAP Program Workgroup will meet to review the updated LAP 
Program Workgroup Draft Working Document, receive updates from the 
Outreach Sub-Committee and the Monitoring Sub-Committee, and receive a 
presentation on Status Quo Expectations. The Workgroup will receive law 
enforcement option recommendations, a presentation on Initial 
Allocation Analyses, and discuss Initial Allocation Options. The 
Workgroup will also discuss LAP Program options that consider regional 
differences, community quota and regional fishing associations, and 
cooperatives and sector allocation programs.

7. Joint Habitat and Ecosystem-based Management Committees Meeting: 
December 5, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

    The Habitat Committee will meet jointly with the Ecosystem-based 
Management Committee to review recommendations from the recent meeting 
of the joint Habitat and Coral Advisory Panels, review a proposal from 
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary for a closed research area, and 
receive updates on the development of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) 
and the FEP Comprehensive Amendment. The Committee will discuss and 
develop a position on a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposal, and 
receive reports on Ocean Observing Systems and an alternative energy 
workshop.

8. SSC Selection Committee Meeting: December 6, 2007, 8 a.m. until 
10:30 a.m. (CLOSED SESSION)

    The SSC Selection Committee will discuss SSC tasks, personnel 
requirements, and technical committees.

9. SOPPs Committee Meeting: December 6, 2007, 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon

    The SOPPs Committee will receive an update on the review of the 
Council's SOPPs by the Secretary of Commerce and develop changes if 
necessary.

10. Council Session: December 6, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. and 
December 7, 2007, 8 a.m. until 12 noon

Council Session: December 6, 2007, 1:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

    From 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., the Council will call the meeting to 
order, adopt the agenda, and approve the September 2007 meeting 
minutes.
    From 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation 
from the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center on the Data 
Improvement Plan.
    From 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation 
on the South Atlantic Alliance.
    From 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the SSC.
    From 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation 
on the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) Program.
    From 3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the 
Spiny Lobster Committee and take action as appropriate.
    From 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the 
Snapper Grouper Committee, approve Amendment 15A for submission to the 
Secretary of Commerce, and consider other recommendations and take 
action as appropriate.
    4 p.m - Public Comment Session: Public comment on Amendment 15A to 
the Snapper Grouper FMP.
    From 5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the LAP Program Work Group and take action as appropriate.

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    From 5:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the 
Joint Executive and Finance Committees and take action as appropriate.
    From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation on 
the Gulf of Mexico Council's Aquaculture Plan (that will amend the 
joint Spiny Lobster and Coastal Migratory Pelagics FMPs), allow for 
public comment (immediately following the presentation) and take 
Council action.

Council Session: December 7, 2007, 8 a.m. - 12 noon.

    From 8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m., the Council will receive a report from the 
SEDAR Committee and take action as appropriate.
    From 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the joint Habitat and Ecosystem-based Committees and take action as 
appropriate.
    From 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the SSC Selection Committee and take action as appropriate.
    From 8:45 a.m. - 9 a.m., the Council will receive a report from the 
SOPPs Committee and take action as appropriate.
    From 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., the Council will discuss a Comprehensive 
Allocation Amendment and provide guidance to staff.
    From 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., the Council will review and develop 
comments on the Environmental Assessment for ``Atlantic Highly 
Migratory Species Pelagic Longline Research''.
    From 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., the Council will review and develop 
recommendations on Experimental Fishing Permits as necessary.
    From 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon, the Council will receive status reports 
from NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries' 
Southeast Fisheries Science Center, agency and liaison reports, and 
discuss other business including upcoming meetings.
    Documents regarding these issues are available from the Council 
office (see ADDRESSES).
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the 
subjects of formal final Council 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 the public has been notified of the Council's intent to 
take final action to address the emergency.
    Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public 
comment, the times and sequence specified on this agenda are subject to 
change.

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) 
by November 30, 2007.

    Dated: November 13, 2007.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E7-22516 Filed 11-16-07; 8:45 am]
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