Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings, 23997-23998 [E9-12027]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 98 / Friday, May 22, 2009 / Notices proposed research location. The requested exemption would help ensure that adequate densities of fish are present to conduct valid testing and provide sound statistical evidence of gear performance within that area. Additionally, work outside the Special Access Program (SAP) area could offer further possibilities for an extended whiting fishery. An exemption from the use of NE multispecies DAS is necessary because, due to the small mesh size of the raised footrope trawl, landing NE multispecies under the DAS possession limits would be prohibited and thus inconsistent with the purposes of charging DAS. In lieu of fishing under a NE multispecies DAS, the project would be required to adhere to a multispecies bycatch cap of 10 percent of the total weight of fish caught overall during the course of the research. No NE multispecies would be landed for sale, with the exception of small–mesh multispecies. An exemption from the GOM Rolling Closure areas is necessary so that the net may be tested when targeted species are present in order to prove successful avoidance. Additionally, this EFP would include a temporary exemption from multispecies minimum size limits at § 648.86 for sampling purposes only. This exemption would allow measurement and recording biological information of undersized specimens prior to their discard. Small–mesh multispecies caught during the research would be landed and sold, up to the current possession limit, to provide additional funding for the project. All other organisms, including small–mesh multispecies with high expected survival rates, would be released as quickly and carefully as practicable. The applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initiallyapproved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 18, 2009. Kristen C. Koch Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–12034 Filed 5–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:40 May 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XP39 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its Research Set-Aside Committee (RSA), its Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee (SMB), its Surfclam, Ocean Quahog, and Tilefish Committee, its Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee, its Executive Committee, and its Annual Catch Limits (ACL) and Accountability Measures (AM) Committee will hold public meetings. DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, June 8, 2009 through Thursday, June 11, 2009. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway, 49 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001; telephone: (212) 736–3800. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New St., Room 2115, Dover, DE 19904; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 674–2331 ext. 19. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On Monday, June 8 (in closed session) the RSA Committee will meet with NMFS officials from noon until 3 p.m. The RSA Committee will meet (in open session) NMFS Cooperative Research staff from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. On Tuesday, June 9, the Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee will meet from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Surfclam, Ocean Quahog, and Tilefish Committee will meet from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee will meet from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A scoping session for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery in Relation to the Atlantic Trawl Fisheries will be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Wednesday, June 10, the Council will hold its Business Session from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. From 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., NMFS officials will provide a presentation regarding the agency’s Sea Turtle Conservation PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23997 and Recovery Strategy. From 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m., the Council will discuss Amendment 11 to Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). From 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., the Council will discuss Amendment 5 to the Monkfish FMP. From 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Specifications for 2010 will be developed and adopted. From 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Specifications for 2010 will be developed and adopted. On Thursday, June 11, the Executive Committee will meet from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. The ACL/AM Committee will meet from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The Council will convene at 10:30 a.m. to receive a presentation on the New England Council’s Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendment from 10:30 a.m. until noon. From 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., the Council will receive a presentation from Rutgers University Scientists regarding ‘‘Developing Ecological Indicators for Spatial Fisheries Management’’. NMFS’ officials will provide a Marine Debris Program presentation from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. From 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., the Council will receive Committee Reports and discuss and act on any continuing or new business. Agenda items by day for the Council’s Committees and the Council itself are: Monday, June 8, the RSA Committee with the NMFS’ Cooperative Research Staff will hold a closed session to review and comment on 2010 RSA proposals. In open session, the RSA Committee will receive a presentation from the NMFS’ Cooperative Research Staff on NMFS’ draft Cooperative Research Strategic plan, review and discuss Mid-Atlantic RSA program performance and ways to improve program coordination with other cooperative research efforts, and develop comments as appropriate for Council consideration. On Tuesday, June 9, the Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Committee will meet with Advisors to review the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s (SSC) advice and Monitoring Committee’s recommendations for the 2010 quota levels and associated management measures; develop quota specifications and associated management measures for Council consideration and action; review and address status of Amendment 11; and, review and discuss butterfish bycatch in Hudson Canyon. The Surfclam, Ocean Quahog, and Tilefish Committee will meet with Advisors to review staff recommendations for the 2010 quota specifications and associated E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 23998 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 98 / Friday, May 22, 2009 / Notices management measures for surfclams and ocean quahogs; and, develop quota specifications and associated management measures for Council consideration and action. The Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee will meet to review and discuss NMFS’ Report to Congress [State of Science to Support an Ecosystem Approach to Regional Fishery Management—MSA Section 406(f)]; receive an update on status of proposed LNG facilities in the Mid-Atlantic Council’s jurisdiction off New Jersey/ New York; and, receive an overview of NMFS’ role and responsibilities regarding non-fishery uses of the ocean. An evening scoping session for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery in Relation to the Atlantic Trawl Fisheries will be held. On Wednesday, June 10, the Council will convene to conduct its regular Business Session, receive Organizational, Council Liaison, Executive Director Reports, and receive a report on the status of MAFMC’s FMPs. A presentation will be provided by NMFS officials on Sea Turtle Strategy and Potential Impacts on MidAtlantic Fisheries. The Council will review alternatives associated with the proposed management measures and select preferred alternatives for Amendment 11 to the Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish FMP. The Council will also review and adopt the Public Hearing Document (PHD) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding Amendment 11. The Council will review the Monkfish Advisory Panel, Oversight Committee, and the SSC recommendations, and identify measures to be developed and considered in the DEIS for Amendment 5 to the Monkfish FMP. The Council will review the SMB Committee’s recommendations for 2010 quota specifications and associated management measures, and develop and adopt 2010 quota specifications and associated management measures for Atlantic mackerel, squids, and butterfish. The Council will review the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Committee’s recommendations for 2010 quota specifications (year 3 of the existing 2008–10 multi-year quota specifications) and associated management measures, and, as appropriate, adopt any changes to the 2010 quota specifications. On Thursday June 11, the Executive Committee will meet to review highlights of the May 2009 Council Coordination Committee (CCC) meeting, review and discuss proposed rules for Marine Protected Areas (MPA) designations and Council operations Statement of Operating VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:40 May 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 Practices and Procedures (SOPP), and consider scheduling a one-day meeting to address ACL/AM options. The ACL /AM Committee will review comments received during the current scoping period, and discuss possible additions, deletions, or modifications to description of alternatives to be considered in the Omnibus Amendment based on comments received. The Council will then receive a presentation by a New England Council official regarding its Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendment and potential impact on Mid-Atlantic Fisheries. The Council will receive a presentation by Rutgers University Scientists regarding ‘‘Developing Ecological Indicators for Spatial Fisheries Management’’ and a presentation by a NMFS’ official regarding its Marine Debris Program. The Council will then hear Committee Reports and conduct any continuing and new business. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before the Council for discussion, these 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 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 such emergencies. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Bryan, (302) 674–2331 ext 18, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: May 19, 2009. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 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Discussion of matters determined to be exempt from the provisions relating to public meetings found in 5 U.S.C. app. 2 section 10(a)(1) and 10(a)(3). The open session will be accessible via teleconference to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis. To join the conference, submit inquiries to Ms. Yvette Springer at Yspringer@bis.doc.gov no later than June 2, 2009. A limited number of seats will be available for the public session. Reservations are not accepted. To the extent that time permits, members of the public may present oral statements to the Committee. The public may submit written statements at any time before or after the meeting. However, to facilitate the distribution of public presentation materials to the Committee members, the Committee suggests that presenters forward the public presentation materials prior to the meeting to Ms. Springer via email. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XP39


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its 
Research Set-Aside Committee (RSA), its Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish 
Committee (SMB), its Surfclam, Ocean Quahog, and Tilefish Committee, 
its Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee, its Executive Committee, 
and its Annual Catch Limits (ACL) and Accountability Measures (AM) 
Committee will hold public meetings.

DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, June 8, 2009 through Thursday, 
June 11, 2009. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and 
times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Radisson Martinique on 
Broadway, 49 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001; telephone: (212) 
736-3800.
    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. 
New St., Room 2115, Dover, DE 19904; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, 
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 674-2331 ext. 
19.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On Monday, June 8 (in closed session) the 
RSA Committee will meet with NMFS officials from noon until 3 p.m. The 
RSA Committee will meet (in open session) NMFS Cooperative Research 
staff from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. On Tuesday, June 9, the Squid, Mackerel, 
Butterfish Committee will meet from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Surfclam, 
Ocean Quahog, and Tilefish Committee will meet from 11 a.m. until 12:30 
p.m. The Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee will meet from 1:30 
p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A scoping session for Sea Turtle Conservation and 
Recovery in Relation to the Atlantic Trawl Fisheries will be held from 
7 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Wednesday, June 10, the Council will hold its 
Business Session from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. From 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 
a.m., NMFS officials will provide a presentation regarding the agency's 
Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Strategy. From 10:30 a.m. until 12 
p.m., the Council will discuss Amendment 11 to Squid, Mackerel, and 
Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). From 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., the 
Council will discuss Amendment 5 to the Monkfish FMP. From 3 p.m. until 
4:30 p.m., Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Specifications for 2010 will 
be developed and adopted. From 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Surfclam and 
Ocean Quahog Specifications for 2010 will be developed and adopted. On 
Thursday, June 11, the Executive Committee will meet from 8 a.m. until 
9 a.m. The ACL/AM Committee will meet from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The 
Council will convene at 10:30 a.m. to receive a presentation on the New 
England Council's Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendment from 
10:30 a.m. until noon. From 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., the Council will 
receive a presentation from Rutgers University Scientists regarding 
``Developing Ecological Indicators for Spatial Fisheries Management''. 
NMFS' officials will provide a Marine Debris Program presentation from 
1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. From 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., the Council will 
receive Committee Reports and discuss and act on any continuing or new 
business.
    Agenda items by day for the Council's Committees and the Council 
itself are: Monday, June 8, the RSA Committee with the NMFS' 
Cooperative Research Staff will hold a closed session to review and 
comment on 2010 RSA proposals. In open session, the RSA Committee will 
receive a presentation from the NMFS' Cooperative Research Staff on 
NMFS' draft Cooperative Research Strategic plan, review and discuss 
Mid-Atlantic RSA program performance and ways to improve program 
coordination with other cooperative research efforts, and develop 
comments as appropriate for Council consideration. On Tuesday, June 9, 
the Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Committee will meet with Advisors 
to review the Scientific and Statistical Committee's (SSC) advice and 
Monitoring Committee's recommendations for the 2010 quota levels and 
associated management measures; develop quota specifications and 
associated management measures for Council consideration and action; 
review and address status of Amendment 11; and, review and discuss 
butterfish bycatch in Hudson Canyon. The Surfclam, Ocean Quahog, and 
Tilefish Committee will meet with Advisors to review staff 
recommendations for the 2010 quota specifications and associated

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management measures for surfclams and ocean quahogs; and, develop quota 
specifications and associated management measures for Council 
consideration and action. The Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Committee 
will meet to review and discuss NMFS' Report to Congress [State of 
Science to Support an Ecosystem Approach to Regional Fishery 
Management--MSA Section 406(f)]; receive an update on status of 
proposed LNG facilities in the Mid-Atlantic Council's jurisdiction off 
New Jersey/New York; and, receive an overview of NMFS' role and 
responsibilities regarding non-fishery uses of the ocean. An evening 
scoping session for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery in Relation to 
the Atlantic Trawl Fisheries will be held. On Wednesday, June 10, the 
Council will convene to conduct its regular Business Session, receive 
Organizational, Council Liaison, Executive Director Reports, and 
receive a report on the status of MAFMC's FMPs. A presentation will be 
provided by NMFS officials on Sea Turtle Strategy and Potential Impacts 
on Mid-Atlantic Fisheries. The Council will review alternatives 
associated with the proposed management measures and select preferred 
alternatives for Amendment 11 to the Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish 
FMP. The Council will also review and adopt the Public Hearing Document 
(PHD) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 
regarding Amendment 11. The Council will review the Monkfish Advisory 
Panel, Oversight Committee, and the SSC recommendations, and identify 
measures to be developed and considered in the DEIS for Amendment 5 to 
the Monkfish FMP. The Council will review the SMB Committee's 
recommendations for 2010 quota specifications and associated management 
measures, and develop and adopt 2010 quota specifications and 
associated management measures for Atlantic mackerel, squids, and 
butterfish. The Council will review the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog 
Committee's recommendations for 2010 quota specifications (year 3 of 
the existing 2008-10 multi-year quota specifications) and associated 
management measures, and, as appropriate, adopt any changes to the 2010 
quota specifications. On Thursday June 11, the Executive Committee will 
meet to review highlights of the May 2009 Council Coordination 
Committee (CCC) meeting, review and discuss proposed rules for Marine 
Protected Areas (MPA) designations and Council operations Statement of 
Operating Practices and Procedures (SOPP), and consider scheduling a 
one-day meeting to address ACL/AM options. The ACL /AM Committee will 
review comments received during the current scoping period, and discuss 
possible additions, deletions, or modifications to description of 
alternatives to be considered in the Omnibus Amendment based on 
comments received. The Council will then receive a presentation by a 
New England Council official regarding its Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) 
Omnibus Amendment and potential impact on Mid-Atlantic Fisheries. The 
Council will receive a presentation by Rutgers University Scientists 
regarding ``Developing Ecological Indicators for Spatial Fisheries 
Management'' and a presentation by a NMFS' official regarding its 
Marine Debris Program. The Council will then hear Committee Reports and 
conduct any continuing and new business.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before the Council for discussion, these 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 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 such emergencies.

Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should 
be directed to M. Jan Bryan, (302) 674-2331 ext 18, at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: May 19, 2009.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-12027 Filed 5-21-09; 8:45 am]
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