New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 16644 [E8-6439]

Download as PDF 16644 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 61 / Friday, March 28, 2008 / Notices J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. RIN 0648–XG67 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee on April 14–15, 2008, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This meeting will be held on Monday, April 14 beginning at 1 p.m. and April 15 beginning at 8 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903; telephone: (401) 421–0700; fax: (401) 455–3040. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee will review Skate Plan Development Team analyses regarding skate catch limits and develop allowable biological catch limit recommendations that are consistent with Skate Fishery Management Plan objectives to prevent overfishing and rebuild thorny and winter skates. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. 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. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Mar 27, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: March 25, 2008. William D. Chappell, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–6439 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG66 New England Fishery Management Council; 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 on April 15–17, 2008, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15 beginning at 10 a.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903; telephone: (401) 421–0700. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 Following introductions and any announcements, the Council will receive a series of brief reports from the Council Chairman and Executive Director, the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Administrator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center and MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, NOAA General Counsel, NOAA Enforcement and representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The Council also will review any experimental fishery permits requests published since the last Council meeting and possibly offer comments. Following a lunch break, the Council’s PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Scientific and Statistical Committee will make recommendations concerning acceptable biological catch levels for winter and thorny skates while the Skate Committee will report on progress to develop winter and thorny skate rebuilding and management alternatives for inclusion in Amendment 3 to the Skate Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The committee will ask the Council to consider and approve precautionary annual catch limits, accountability measures and additional management measures to address recent changes in the skate fishery. The last agenda item of the day will involve an update by Virginia Institute of Marine Science staff on the institution’s Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program. Wednesday, April 16, 2008 The Council will review and approve comment letters regarding the Minerals Management Service’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Wind Energy Project and the Revised Framework for Developing a National System for Marine Protected Areas. A report from the Monkfish Committee will follow, during which the Council intends to take final action on Framework 6 to the Monkfish FMP. The Mid-Atlantic and New England Councils are considering eliminating backstop measures adopted in an earlier action that would reduce or eliminate days-at-sea in 2009 if landings exceeded catch targets in either or both of the two monkfish management areas during this current fishing year. The Enforcement Committee will review its recommendations concerning any changes to the running clock prohibition and review its initial discussion about sector monitoring and enforcement. During the afternoon session there will be a preliminary report on a Gulf of Maine Research Institute project to evaluate the monitoring, reporting and enforcement needs necessary to effectively track catch by sector vessels in New England. During the last agenda item, the Council’s Groundfish Committee will provide an update on Amendment 16, including a review of annual catch limit and accountability measures, as well as effort control measures and sector policy issues. Thursday, April 17, 2008 During the Herring Committee report the Council will review and approve a scoping document for Amendment 4 to the Atlantic Herring FMP and review the amendment timeline. The Northeast Fisheries Science Center will provide an update on trawl survey gear and calibration exercises regarding the FSVs E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG67


New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is 
scheduling a public meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee 
on April 14-15, 2008, to consider actions affecting New England 
fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from 
this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration 
and action, if appropriate.

DATES: This meeting will be held on Monday, April 14 beginning at 1 
p.m. and April 15 beginning at 8 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, 
11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903; telephone: (401) 421-0700; 
fax: (401) 455-3040.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water 
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee will review Skate Plan 
Development Team analyses regarding skate catch limits and develop 
allowable biological catch limit recommendations that are consistent 
with Skate Fishery Management Plan objectives to prevent overfishing 
and rebuild thorny and winter skates.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 
of formal action during this meeting. 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.

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, Executive Director, at (978) 465-
0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 25, 2008.
William D. Chappell,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-6439 Filed 3-27-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-S