Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 62484-62485 [E8-25011]

Download as PDF 62484 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 21, 2008 / Notices TABLE 1. CURRENT REPRESENTATION ON THE HMS AP BY SECTOR AND SPECIES.—Continued Terms that are expiring or vacant are in bold. Sector Species Date Appointed Date Term Expires Swordfish 1/1/2008 Commercial Tuna VACANT Commercial HMS 1/1/2008 12/31/2010 Environmental Shark 1/1/2006 12/31/2008 Environmental HMS 1/1/2008 12/31/2010 Environmental HMS 1/1/2008 12/31/2010 Environmental HMS VACANT Recreational HMS 1/1/2008 12/31/2010 Recreational Swordfish 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 Recreational HMS 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 Recreational HMS 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 Recreational Billfish 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 Recreational Tuna 1/1/2006 12/31/2008 Recreational HMS 1/1/2008 12/31/2010 Recreational HMS 1/1/2006 12/31/2008 Recreational HMS 1/1/2008 12/31/2010 Recreational HMS 1/1/2006 12/31/2008 Recreational HMS 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 Recreational Billfish 1/1/2008 12/31/2010 ICCAT Chair mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Commercial HMS Each sector must be adequately represented, and the intent is to have a group that, as a whole, reflects an appropriate and equitable balance and mix of interests given the responsibilities of the AP. Criteria for membership include one or more of the following: (1) experience in the HMS recreational fishing industry; (2) experience in the HMS commercial fishing industry; (3) experience in fishery–related industries (e.g., marinas, bait and tackle shops); (4) experience in the scientific community working with HMS; and/or (5) representation of a private; non–governmental; regional, national, or international organization representing marine fisheries, environmental, governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS. Five additional members on the AP include one member representing each of the following Councils: New England Fishery Management Council, the Mid– Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 Oct 20, 2008 Jkt 217001 12/31/2010 Management Council, and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. The AP also includes 22 ex–officio participants: 20 representatives of the coastal states and two representatives of the interstate commissions (the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission). NMFS will provide the necessary administrative support, including technical assistance, for the AP. However, NMFS will not compensate participants with monetary support of any kind. Depending on availability of funds, members may be reimbursed for travel costs related to the AP meetings. C. Meeting Schedule Meetings of the AP will be held as frequently as necessary but are routinely held twice each year in the spring and fall. The meetings may be held in conjunction with public hearings. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: October 9, 2008. Emily H. Menashes Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–25078 Filed 10–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XL37 Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Notice of a joint meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Habitat and Environmental ACTION: E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 21, 2008 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Protection Advisory Panel and Coral Advisory Panel SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a joint meeting of its Habitat and Environmental Protection Advisory Panel and Coral Advisory Panel in Charleston, SC. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. DATES: The joint meeting will take place November 17, 2008. The Panels will meet individually on November 18 and 19, 2008. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC; telephone: (800) 968–3569 or (843) 723– 3000; fax: (843) 723–0276. Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer; telephone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free: (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769–4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the Habitat Advisory Panel and Coral Advisory Panel will meet jointly from 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. on November 17, 2008. The Habitat AP and Coral AP will reconvene individually and meet concurrently from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. on November 18, 2008, and the Coral Advisory Panel will reconvene and meet from 8:30 a.m.–12 noon on November 19, 2008. The Advisory Panels will provide input and recommendations on the public hearing drafts of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) and the Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment (CE–BA), updates from NOAA Fisheries’ Habitat Conservation on proposed non-fishing activities that have the potential to impact habitat, and an update on live rock aquaculture activities in the South Atlantic region. The development of a South Atlantic Council FEP provides the first regional opportunity to compile and review available habitat, biological, social, and economic fishery and resource information for fisheries in the South Atlantic Bight ecosystem and serves as a source document for the CE–BA. Actions in the Comprehensive Ecosystem-based Amendment include: Establishment of deepwater Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concerns (CHAPCs), establishment of a Shrimp Fishery Access Area for deepwater shrimp fisheries within the proposed CHAPCs, designation of Allowable VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 Oct 20, 2008 Jkt 217001 Golden Crab Fishing Areas within the proposed CHAPCs where golden crab traps can continue to be used, a monitoring requirement for the golden crab fishery using available tools such as Vessel Monitoring System technology or electronic logbooks, and nonregulatory action addressing compliance with the spatial presentation requirements in the Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Final Rule. Agenda items for the Coral AP meeting include: discussion and recommendations regarding coral management issues to include in Comprehensive Ecosystem-based Amendment 2, the Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Draft Strategic Plan being developed by NOAA’s National Undersea Research Program (NURP), NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, and coral research priorities for 2009–10. The Coral AP will also receive updates and presentations on coral issues relevant to the South Atlantic region. The Habitat and Environmental Protection AP meeting will involve four sessions as follows: Session 1: Panel review and discussion of ecosystem interactions with a focus on predator prey relationships for managed species, present management authority and future management considerations; Session 2: Panel review and discussion of habitat mapping and characterization as presented in the Councils’ Regional Habitat and Ecosystem Internet Map Server and through regional programs including but limited to Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP), the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), Southeast Aquatic Resource Partnership (SARP), the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPPs) and the Southeast Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPASS); Session 3: Panel member review and discussion of place-based management in the region including but not limited to management in Grays’ Reef National Marine Sanctuary and existing and proposed South Atlantic Council area management; Session 4: Panel review and discussion of Habitat Policies and potential impacts from individual proposed permits. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the meeting. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62485 Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Dated: October 16, 2008. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–25011 Filed 10–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XL35 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a public meeting of the Texas Habitat Protection Advisory Panel (AP). DATES: The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2008 and conclude no later than 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held at the Quality Inn Hobby Airport, 7775 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061, telephone: (713) 644–3800. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Rester, Habitat Support Specialist, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; telephone: (228) 875–5912. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: At this meeting, the AP will tentatively discuss juvenile red snapper habitat utilization, the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, issues facing the Texas oyster fishery, the spotted sea trout consumption advisory for Galveston Bay, Hurricane Ike impacts to habitat, an update on the deepening of the Matagorda Ship Channel, and the Old River Cove Restoration project. The Texas group is part of a three unit Habitat Protection Advisory Panel (AP) of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The principal role of the advisory panels is to assist the Council in attempting to maintain optimum conditions within the habitat and ecosystems supporting the marine resources of the Gulf of Mexico. Advisory panels serve as a first alert system to call to the Council’s attention proposed projects being developed and E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XL37


Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a joint meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council's Habitat and Environmental

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Protection Advisory Panel and Coral Advisory Panel

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SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a 
joint meeting of its Habitat and Environmental Protection Advisory 
Panel and Coral Advisory Panel in Charleston, SC. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION.

DATES: The joint meeting will take place November 17, 2008. The Panels 
will meet individually on November 18 and 19, 2008. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 
170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC; telephone: (800) 968-3569 or 
(843) 723-3000; fax: (843) 723-0276.
    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 
Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the Habitat Advisory Panel and 
Coral Advisory Panel will meet jointly from 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on 
November 17, 2008. The Habitat AP and Coral AP will reconvene 
individually and meet concurrently from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on November 
18, 2008, and the Coral Advisory Panel will reconvene and meet from 
8:30 a.m.-12 noon on November 19, 2008.
    The Advisory Panels will provide input and recommendations on the 
public hearing drafts of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) and the 
Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment (CE-BA), updates from NOAA 
Fisheries' Habitat Conservation on proposed non-fishing activities that 
have the potential to impact habitat, and an update on live rock 
aquaculture activities in the South Atlantic region.
    The development of a South Atlantic Council FEP provides the first 
regional opportunity to compile and review available habitat, 
biological, social, and economic fishery and resource information for 
fisheries in the South Atlantic Bight ecosystem and serves as a source 
document for the CE-BA.
    Actions in the Comprehensive Ecosystem-based Amendment include: 
Establishment of deepwater Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concerns 
(CHAPCs), establishment of a Shrimp Fishery Access Area for deepwater 
shrimp fisheries within the proposed CHAPCs, designation of Allowable 
Golden Crab Fishing Areas within the proposed CHAPCs where golden crab 
traps can continue to be used, a monitoring requirement for the golden 
crab fishery using available tools such as Vessel Monitoring System 
technology or electronic logbooks, and non-regulatory action addressing 
compliance with the spatial presentation requirements in the Essential 
Fish Habitat (EFH) Final Rule.
    Agenda items for the Coral AP meeting include: discussion and 
recommendations regarding coral management issues to include in 
Comprehensive Ecosystem-based Amendment 2, the Deep-Sea Coral Research 
and Technology Program Draft Strategic Plan being developed by NOAA's 
National Undersea Research Program (NURP), NOAA's Coral Reef 
Conservation Program, and coral research priorities for 2009-10. The 
Coral AP will also receive updates and presentations on coral issues 
relevant to the South Atlantic region.
    The Habitat and Environmental Protection AP meeting will involve 
four sessions as follows:
    Session 1: Panel review and discussion of ecosystem interactions 
with a focus on predator prey relationships for managed species, 
present management authority and future management considerations;
    Session 2: Panel review and discussion of habitat mapping and 
characterization as presented in the Councils' Regional Habitat and 
Ecosystem Internet Map Server and through regional programs including 
but limited to Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program 
(SEAMAP), the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association 
(SECOORA), Southeast Aquatic Resource Partnership (SARP), the North 
Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan (CHPPs) and the Southeast 
Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPASS);
    Session 3: Panel member review and discussion of place-based 
management in the region including but not limited to management in 
Grays' Reef National Marine Sanctuary and existing and proposed South 
Atlantic Council area management;
    Session 4: Panel review and discussion of Habitat Policies and 
potential impacts from individual proposed permits.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the 
council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the meeting.
    Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject 
to change.

    Dated: October 16, 2008.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-25011 Filed 10-20-08; 8:45 am]
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