South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting, 71515-71517 [2011-29826]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA826 Endangered Species; File No. 16174 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Michael Salmon, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091, Boca Raton, FL 33431, has been issued a permit to take green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) for the purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713– 0376; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727) 824–5312; fax (727) 824– 5309. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Cairns or Amy Hapeman, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 5, 2011, notice was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 18725) that a request for a scientific research permit to take green sea turtles had been submitted by the above-named individual. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). The five-year permit authorizes Dr. Salmon to take juvenile green sea turtles to characterize abundance and distribution in nearshore developmental habitats off the East coast of southern Florida. Dr. Salmon is authorized to capture by hand, transport to shore, measure, weigh, photograph, passive integrated transponder and flipper tag, temporarily mark the carapace, satellite tag, hold overnight, transport to site of capture, release, and recapture turtles at the conclusion of the study for gear removal up to 30 green sea turtles annually. No mortalities are authorized under the permit. These efforts would mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 aid in the development and refinement of management efforts to recover this species. Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: November 14, 2011. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–29889 Filed 11–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA827 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. AGENCY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold meetings of its Spiny Lobster Committee; Law Enforcement Committee; EcosystemBased Management Committee; Advisory Panel Selection Committee (Closed Session); Information and Education Committee; Executive Finance Committee; Personnel Committee (Closed Session); King and Spanish Mackerel Committee; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee; Golden Crab Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold a public hearing, an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items, and a public comment session. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details. DATES: The Council meeting will be held December 5–9, 2011. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Brownstone Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605; telephone: 1–(800) 331–7919 or (919) 828–0811; fax: (919) 834–0904. Copies of documents are available from Kim SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71515 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. Spiny Lobster Committee Meeting: December 5, 2011, 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. The Spiny Lobster Committee will: Receive a presentation on the process for preparing Biological Opinions; a presentation on gear marking requirements of the Large Whale Take Reduction Plan; and an overview of Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 that includes measures to help protect threatened corals including area closures for the commercial trap fishery and gear marking requirements for trap lines. The Committee will develop recommendations for approval of Amendment 11/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for public hearing. 2. Law Enforcement Committee Meeting: December 5, 2011, 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Law Enforcement Committee will receive a briefing on headboat misreporting issues, a presentation on ‘‘Optimization of Surveillance and Enforcement in Remote Marine Protected Areas’’, and will discuss other issues as appropriate. 3. Ecosystem-Based Management Committee Meeting: December 5, 2011, 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Ecosystem-Based Management Committee will receive presentations on lionfish and invasive species. The Committee will review: the status of Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment (CE–BA) 2/Environmental Assessment (EA), including actions relative to octocorals, Special Management Zones (SMZs), release gear requirements in the snapper grouper fishery, and designations of Essential Fish Habitat (ESH) and Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC); the Coral Advisory Panel (AP) Meeting report; and the Habitat and Environmental Protection AP Meeting report. The Committee will provide recommendations for public scoping of CE–BA 3 and receive an update on ecosystem activities. 4. Advisory Panel Selection Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. (Closed Session). The Advisory Panel Selection Committee will review advisory panel E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 71516 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Notices applications and develop recommendations for appointments. 5. Information and Education Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Information and Education Committee will receive a briefing on the status of current outreach activities, including the recent Social Media Workshop, Special Management Zones (SMZs) and Strategic Planning. The Committee will also receive an overview of the NOAA/Council Readability Report. The Committee will develop recommendations for staff and Council consideration. 6. Executive Finance Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The Executive Finance Committee will receive a status report on the Calendar Year (CY) 2011 Council expenditures and activities; and review and discuss the development of the CY2012 Council activities’ schedule and budget. 7. Personnel Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. until 12 noon (CLOSED). The Personnel Committee will discuss the Executive Director performance review. 8. King and Spanish Mackerel Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. The King and Spanish Mackerel Committee will review: The status of commercial and recreational catches versus quotas for species under quota management; the status of recreational catches versus quotas for species under quotas; and the status of Mackerel Amendment 18, which establishes Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs) for mackerel and cobia. The Committee will provide guidance to staff on items in draft Amendment 19, including management alternatives for prohibiting the sale of coastal migratory pelagic (CMP) species harvested under the bag limit, permit requirements, and other issues. 9. SEDAR Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. The SEDAR Committee will receive an overview of SEDAR activities and develop SEDAR 28 appointments as necessary. The Committee will review the SEDAR Steering Committee report and develop recommendations for the next SEDAR Steering Committee meeting. The Committee will also receive a presentation on the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Electronic Logbook Study and a report from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) on red snapper stock assessment possibilities in 2013. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 Note: A public hearing will be held on December 6, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Snapper Grouper Amendment 18A regarding black sea bass and improvements in data reporting, on Snapper Grouper Amendment 24 regarding red grouper, and on Snapper Grouper Amendment 20A regarding wreckfish. In addition, the Council will accept public comment on Emergency Action to modify the Annual Catch Limit (ACL) for wreckfish. 10. Golden Crab Committee Meeting: December 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. The Golden Crab Committee will: review the status of commercial catches versus quotas (amount landed to date); review Golden Crab Amendment 6 addressing catch shares; provide direction to staff; and approve Amendment 6 for public hearing. 11. Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting: December 7, 2011, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and December 8, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. The Snapper Grouper Committee will: receive a report on Oculina monitoring reports; review the status of commercial catches versus quotas for species under quota management; review the status of recreational catches versus quotas for species under quotas; and address any necessary actions as the result of these reports. The Committee will also receive an update on the status of Regulatory Amendment 11, which proposes elimination of the current 240′ restriction on the harvest of some deepwater species within the snapper grouper management unit, and on the status of the corrected final Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment, which establishes ACLs and Accountability Measures (AMs) for species that are not currently undergoing overfishing. Additionally, the Committee will: review public hearing and draft environmental impact statements (DEIS) comments for Amendment 18A/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pertaining to black sea bass and data collection; modify Amendment 18A as appropriate; and approve the document for formal review by the Secretary of Commerce. The Committee will also: Review public hearing comments for Amendment 24/Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding a rebuilding plan for red grouper, and Amendment 20A/EA pertaining to the wreckfish Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQ); modify the amendments as appropriate; and approve the documents for formal review by the Secretary of Commerce. The Committee will review the status of Amendment 18B/EA, pertaining to golden tilefish, modify the amendment PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as necessary and approve the document for public hearings. The Committee will also review proposed Emergency Action regarding the ACL for wreckfish and provide recommendations for Council consideration. Note: There will be an informal public question and answer session with the Regional Administrator from the NMFS and the Council Chairman on December 7, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Council Session: December 8, 2011, 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and December 9, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Council Session: December 8, 2011, 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m., the Council will call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, approve the September 2011 meeting minutes, and present the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. Note: A public comment period on Council agenda items will be held on December 8, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m. Please note that a Public Hearing on Snapper Grouper Amendments 18A, 24 and 20A and Emergency Action to modify the ACL for wreckfish will be held on December 6, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m. From 3 p.m. until 3:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Law Enforcement Committee, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 3:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Spiny Lobster Committee, approve Amendment 11 for public hearing, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 3:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider recommendations, and take action as appropriate. From 3:45 p.m. until 4 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, approve items in CE–BA3 for the public scoping process, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 4 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Golden Crab Committee, approve Amendment 6 for public hearings, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 4:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the SEDAR Committee, appoint SEDAR 28 representatives as necessary, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 4:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Executive Finance Committee, consider E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 223 / Friday, November 18, 2011 / Notices recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 4:45 p.m. until 5 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Advisory Panel Selection Committee, review applications and make appointments, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 5 p.m. until 5:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from the Information and Education Committee, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. From 5:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the Council will receive a legal briefing on litigation. (Closed Session). Council Session: December 9, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. From 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., the Council will: Receive a report from the Snapper Grouper Committee; approve Amendment 18A/EIS, Amendment 20A/ EA and Amendment 24/EA for formal review by the Secretary of Commerce; approve Amendment 18B for public hearing; consider Emergency Action for modifying the ACL for wreckfish and other recommendations; and take action as appropriate. From 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., the Council will receive status reports from the NOAA Southeast Regional Office (SERO), review and develop recommendations on Experimental Fishing Permits as necessary, and receive reports from the NMFS SEFSC. From 10:45 a.m. until 12 noon, the Council will review 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 these meetings. 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 is subject to change. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Nov 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) by November 28, 2011. Dated: November 15, 2011. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–29826 Filed 11–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA628 Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Blasting Operations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers During the Port of Miami Construction Project in Miami, FL National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed Incidental Harassment Authorization; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to blasting operations in the Port of Miami in Miami, Florida. NMFS has reviewed the application, including all supporting documents, and determined that it is adequate and complete. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to ACOE to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during the specified activity. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than December 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The mailbox address for providing email comments is ITP.Goldstein@noaa.gov. NMFS is not responsible for email comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here. Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10-megabyte file size. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental.htm#applications SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71517 without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. A copy of the application containing a list of the references used in this document may be obtained by writing to the above address, telephoning the contact listed here (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or visiting the Internet at: https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ pr/permits/incidental.htm#applications. This project was previously evaluated by the ACOE under an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed project was signed on May 22, 2006, which is also available at the same Internet address. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Goldstein or Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361(a)(5)(D)) directs the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals of a species or population stock, by United States citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. Authorization for the incidental taking of small numbers of marine mammals shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant). The authorization must set forth the permissible methods of taking, other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the species or stock and its habitat, and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘* * * an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA827


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting

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

ACTION: Meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

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SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold 
meetings of its Spiny Lobster Committee; Law Enforcement Committee; 
Ecosystem-Based Management Committee; Advisory Panel Selection 
Committee (Closed Session); Information and Education Committee; 
Executive Finance Committee; Personnel Committee (Closed Session); King 
and Spanish Mackerel Committee; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review 
(SEDAR) Committee; Golden Crab Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; 
and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will take action as 
necessary.
    The Council will also hold a public hearing, an informal public 
question and answer session regarding agenda items, and a public 
comment session. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details.

DATES: The Council meeting will be held December 5-9, 2011. See 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Brownstone 
Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605; telephone: 1-(800) 
331-7919 or (919) 828-0811; fax: (919) 834-0904. 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. Spiny Lobster Committee Meeting: December 5, 2011, 1:30 p.m. 
until 3 p.m.
    The Spiny Lobster Committee will: Receive a presentation on the 
process for preparing Biological Opinions; a presentation on gear 
marking requirements of the Large Whale Take Reduction Plan; and an 
overview of Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 that includes measures to help 
protect threatened corals including area closures for the commercial 
trap fishery and gear marking requirements for trap lines. The 
Committee will develop recommendations for approval of Amendment 11/
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for public hearing.
    2. Law Enforcement Committee Meeting: December 5, 2011, 3 p.m. 
until 4 p.m.
    The Law Enforcement Committee will receive a briefing on headboat 
misreporting issues, a presentation on ``Optimization of Surveillance 
and Enforcement in Remote Marine Protected Areas'', and will discuss 
other issues as appropriate.
    3. Ecosystem-Based Management Committee Meeting: December 5, 2011, 
4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
    The Ecosystem-Based Management Committee will receive presentations 
on lionfish and invasive species. The Committee will review: the status 
of Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment (CE-BA) 2/Environmental 
Assessment (EA), including actions relative to octocorals, Special 
Management Zones (SMZs), release gear requirements in the snapper 
grouper fishery, and designations of Essential Fish Habitat (ESH) and 
Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPC); the Coral Advisory Panel 
(AP) Meeting report; and the Habitat and Environmental Protection AP 
Meeting report. The Committee will provide recommendations for public 
scoping of CE-BA 3 and receive an update on ecosystem activities.
    4. Advisory Panel Selection Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 
8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. (Closed Session).
    The Advisory Panel Selection Committee will review advisory panel

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applications and develop recommendations for appointments.
    5. Information and Education Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 
9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    The Information and Education Committee will receive a briefing on 
the status of current outreach activities, including the recent Social 
Media Workshop, Special Management Zones (SMZs) and Strategic Planning. 
The Committee will also receive an overview of the NOAA/Council 
Readability Report. The Committee will develop recommendations for 
staff and Council consideration.
    6. Executive Finance Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 11 a.m. 
until 11:30 a.m.
    The Executive Finance Committee will receive a status report on the 
Calendar Year (CY) 2011 Council expenditures and activities; and review 
and discuss the development of the CY2012 Council activities' schedule 
and budget.
    7. Personnel Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. until 
12 noon (CLOSED).
    The Personnel Committee will discuss the Executive Director 
performance review.
    8. King and Spanish Mackerel Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 
1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
    The King and Spanish Mackerel Committee will review: The status of 
commercial and recreational catches versus quotas for species under 
quota management; the status of recreational catches versus quotas for 
species under quotas; and the status of Mackerel Amendment 18, which 
establishes Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures 
(AMs) for mackerel and cobia. The Committee will provide guidance to 
staff on items in draft Amendment 19, including management alternatives 
for prohibiting the sale of coastal migratory pelagic (CMP) species 
harvested under the bag limit, permit requirements, and other issues.
    9. SEDAR Committee Meeting: December 6, 2011, 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
    The SEDAR Committee will receive an overview of SEDAR activities 
and develop SEDAR 28 appointments as necessary. The Committee will 
review the SEDAR Steering Committee report and develop recommendations 
for the next SEDAR Steering Committee meeting. The Committee will also 
receive a presentation on the Marine Recreational Information Program 
(MRIP) Electronic Logbook Study and a report from the Southeast 
Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) on red snapper stock assessment 
possibilities in 2013.

    Note: A public hearing will be held on December 6, 2011, 
beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Snapper Grouper Amendment 18A regarding 
black sea bass and improvements in data reporting, on Snapper 
Grouper Amendment 24 regarding red grouper, and on Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 20A regarding wreckfish. In addition, the Council will 
accept public comment on Emergency Action to modify the Annual Catch 
Limit (ACL) for wreckfish.

    10. Golden Crab Committee Meeting: December 7, 2011, 8:30 a.m. 
until 10 a.m.
    The Golden Crab Committee will: review the status of commercial 
catches versus quotas (amount landed to date); review Golden Crab 
Amendment 6 addressing catch shares; provide direction to staff; and 
approve Amendment 6 for public hearing.
    11. Snapper Grouper Committee Meeting: December 7, 2011, 10 a.m. 
until 5 p.m. and December 8, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon.
    The Snapper Grouper Committee will: receive a report on Oculina 
monitoring reports; review the status of commercial catches versus 
quotas for species under quota management; review the status of 
recreational catches versus quotas for species under quotas; and 
address any necessary actions as the result of these reports. The 
Committee will also receive an update on the status of Regulatory 
Amendment 11, which proposes elimination of the current 240' 
restriction on the harvest of some deepwater species within the snapper 
grouper management unit, and on the status of the corrected final 
Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Amendment, which establishes 
ACLs and Accountability Measures (AMs) for species that are not 
currently undergoing overfishing.
    Additionally, the Committee will: review public hearing and draft 
environmental impact statements (DEIS) comments for Amendment 18A/
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pertaining to black sea bass and 
data collection; modify Amendment 18A as appropriate; and approve the 
document for formal review by the Secretary of Commerce.
    The Committee will also: Review public hearing comments for 
Amendment 24/Environmental Assessment (EA) regarding a rebuilding plan 
for red grouper, and Amendment 20A/EA pertaining to the wreckfish 
Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQ); modify the amendments as 
appropriate; and approve the documents for formal review by the 
Secretary of Commerce. The Committee will review the status of 
Amendment 18B/EA, pertaining to golden tilefish, modify the amendment 
as necessary and approve the document for public hearings. The 
Committee will also review proposed Emergency Action regarding the ACL 
for wreckfish and provide recommendations for Council consideration.

    Note: There will be an informal public question and answer 
session with the Regional Administrator from the NMFS and the 
Council Chairman on December 7, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    Council Session: December 8, 2011, 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and 
December 9, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon.
    Council Session: December 8, 2011, 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
    From 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m., the Council will call the meeting to 
order, adopt the agenda, approve the September 2011 meeting minutes, 
and present the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

    Note: A public comment period on Council agenda items will be 
held on December 8, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m. Please note that a 
Public Hearing on Snapper Grouper Amendments 18A, 24 and 20A and 
Emergency Action to modify the ACL for wreckfish will be held on 
December 6, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    From 3 p.m. until 3:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the Law Enforcement Committee, consider recommendations and take action 
as appropriate.
    From 3:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report 
from the Spiny Lobster Committee, approve Amendment 11 for public 
hearing, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    From 3:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report 
from the King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider recommendations, 
and take action as appropriate.
    From 3:45 p.m. until 4 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, approve items in CE-BA3 for 
the public scoping process, consider recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    From 4 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the Golden Crab Committee, approve Amendment 6 for public hearings, 
consider recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    From 4:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Council will receive a report 
from the SEDAR Committee, appoint SEDAR 28 representatives as 
necessary, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    From 4:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m., the Council will receive a report 
from the Executive Finance Committee, consider

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recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    From 4:45 p.m. until 5 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the Advisory Panel Selection Committee, review applications and make 
appointments, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    From 5 p.m. until 5:15 p.m., the Council will receive a report from 
the Information and Education Committee, consider recommendations and 
take action as appropriate.
    From 5:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., the Council will receive a legal 
briefing on litigation. (Closed Session).
    Council Session: December 9, 2011, 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon.
    From 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., the Council will: Receive a report 
from the Snapper Grouper Committee; approve Amendment 18A/EIS, 
Amendment 20A/EA and Amendment 24/EA for formal review by the Secretary 
of Commerce; approve Amendment 18B for public hearing; consider 
Emergency Action for modifying the ACL for wreckfish and other 
recommendations; and take action as appropriate.
    From 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., the Council will receive status 
reports from the NOAA Southeast Regional Office (SERO), review and 
develop recommendations on Experimental Fishing Permits as necessary, 
and receive reports from the NMFS SEFSC.
    From 10:45 a.m. until 12 noon, the Council will review 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 these meetings. 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 is 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 28, 2011.

    Dated: November 15, 2011.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-29826 Filed 11-17-11; 8:45 am]
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