New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 2038-2039 [2012-553]

Download as PDF 2038 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2012 / Notices Division, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE. Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, Oregon 97232. The documents are also available on the Internet at www.nwr.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Turner, Portland, OR, at phone number: (503) 736–4737, email: rich.turner@noaa.gov SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is relevant to the following species and evolutionarily significant units (ESUs): Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. Chum salmon (O. keta): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Columbia River. Coho salmon (O. kisutch): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. Dated: January 10, 2012. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–612 Filed 1–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA931 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: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a three-day meeting from January 31, 2012, through February 2, 2012 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 31 through Thursday, February 2, 2012, starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 8 a.m. on Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801–3478; telephone: (603) 431– 2300; fax: (603) 431–7805. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:46 Jan 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 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, January 31, 2012 Following introductions and any announcements, brief reports will be presented by the Council Chairman and Executive Director, NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator (Northeast Region), Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, as well as NOAA General Counsel, representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and staff from the Vessel Monitoring Systems Operations and Law Enforcement offices. During this period, the Council also will receive an update on the activities of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council. That discussion will be followed by a review of any experimental fishery permit applications that have been made available since the November 2011 Council meeting. The Council will then receive an update on progress to date on Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus 2, which is focusing on the development of management alternatives to minimize the adverse effects of fishing activities on essential fish habitat and the protection of deep sea corals. Next, the Council’s Research Steering Committee will review its findings on a number final cooperative research projects and its ongoing discussions with NOAA Fisheries about accounting for scientific research catch and the sale of that catch. An open period for public comments will follow during which any interested party may provide brief comments on issues relevant to Council business but not listed on the meeting agenda. Following a lunch break, Council staff will present a white paper outlining the details of a draft Fishery Management Plan Performance Evaluation process. This will include a question and answer session for both the Council and public. This is part of the Council’s actions to respond to the Touchstone Report on the fisheries management process in New England. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will present an update and discuss several New England offshore wind energy projects and proposals. The day will conclude with a report from the Council’s Sea Scallop Committee. The committee’s intent is to request PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 initiation of Framework 24 to the Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP). That action will include fishery specifications for fishing years 2013 and 2014, as well as several additional measures identified by the Council in priority order: (1) Possible modification of Georges Bank access area opening dates; (2) measures to address subannual catch limits for yellowtail flounder for the limited access general category (LAGC) trawl fishery; and (3) leasing LAGC Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fish mid-year. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 The day will begin with a summary of Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) 53 results and possibly the subsequent peer review of the Gulf of Maine cod and black sea bass assessments addressed during the SAW. The Scientific and Statistical Committee’s (SSC) report will follow, during which the committee chairman will provide an overview of SSC’s December 2012 planning meeting, including the use of social science information in the development of a risk policy for ABC recommendations, a process for addressing cod discard mortality in the groundfish hook fishery and SSC outreach. There also will be a detailed report of the committee’s January 25, 2012 discussion and any decisions about the status of Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod. Following the SSC’s report, the Council will receive a briefing on new Marine Recreational Information Program estimates of recreational catch for 2004 to 2011. The Council’s interest here is Gulf of Maine cod and haddock. The Groundfish Committee will then report on a range of issues. These include a report on the Northeast Multispecies FMP Amendment 18 scoping hearings concerning accumulation limits, the development of a course of action to address the recent Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment and a possible request to NOAA Fisheries for emergency action to address overfishing of that stock. There will be an update concerning progress on a new sector framework adjustment and potential modifications to the groundfish closed areas in effect in the FMP. Finally, there will be a presentation on the Rednet Project, a cooperative fishermen/scientific effort to redevelop a sustainable redfish trawl fishery. This may be followed by a review of recent sector exemption requests and any related Council recommendations. Thursday, February 2, 2012 The last day of the Council meeting will begin with development of E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2012 / Notices comments on the Small Mesh Multispecies Secretarial Amendment, an action that which will address the small mesh hake fishery and is scheduled to become effective on May 1, 2012. The Council also will be asked to approve final Draft Amendment 19 to Northeast Multispecies FMP for purposes of holding public hearings on the proposed alternatives. This will be followed by a discussion of progress to develop a range of alternatives for consideration in Amendment 6 to the Monkfish FMP. The Council also will consider adopting a committee recommendation to establish a control date for use in the development of future management measures including, but not limited to, catch shares and accumulation limits. There will be a briefing by NOAA Fisheries concerning its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and FMP amendment that would consider catch shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries. Council meeting adjournment will take place once the Enforcement Committee asks for Council input on recommendations concerning gear stowage and NOAA Enforcement’s draft priorities document. Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subjects of formal 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 MagnusonStevens Act, provided that 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 (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: January 10, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2012–553 Filed 1–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:46 Jan 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA930 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Meetings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory committees. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings, January 30—February 7, 2012, at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle, WA. DATES: The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1 continuing through Tuesday, February 7. Council’s Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, January 30 and continue through Friday, February 6. The Scientific Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 30 and continue through Wednesday, February 1. The Ecosystem Committee will meet January 31, 9 a.m. The Enforcement Committee will meet January 31 at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public, except executive sessions. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Witherell, Council staff; telephone: (907) 271–2809. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Council Plenary Session: The agenda for the Council’s plenary session will include the following issues. The Council may take appropriate action on any of the issues identified. Reports: 1. Executive Director’s Report (including update on Halibut Catch Share Plan, review and approve Standard Operations and Procedures (SOPPs)). NMFS Management Report (including update on Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) process) Alaska Department of Fish & Game Report NOAA Enforcement Report United States Coast Guard Report United States Fish & Wildlife Service Report International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Report SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2039 Protected Species Report (Steller Sea Lion (SSL) Center of Independent Experts (CIE) Terms of Reference). 2. Final action to allow formation of a Community Quota Entity (CQE) in Area 4B. 3. Halibut Prohibited Species Catch (PSC): Initial review of Fishery Management Plan (FMP) amendment to set Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Halibut PSC. 4. Bering Sea Aleutian Island (BSAI) Crab Management: Update on Pribilof Blue King Crab Rebuilding Plan, action as necessary; BSAI Crab Model Workshop Report. (SSC only); Preliminary Review on BSAI Tanner Crab Rebuilding Plan; Report on BSAI Crab Right of First Refusal (ROFR) Workgroup, action as necessary (T); Final action on BSAI Crab Electronic Data Reporting (EDR) Revisions. 5. Habitat Issues; Initial review of GOA Trawl Sweep modifications; Initial review Habitat Area Particular Concern (HAPC)—Skate egg deposition sites; Updated discussion paper on Bristol Bay Red King Crab spawning area/ fishery effects(T); Report on 2012–2015 Deep Sea Coral Research 6. Groundfish Issues/Miscellaneous; Discussion paper on GOA Chinook Bycatch in all trawl fisheries; Discussion paper on GOA Pollock Dseason; Discussion paper on American Fisheries Act (AFA) Vessel Replacement GOA Sideboards; Discussion paper on BSAI Flatfish specification flexibility. 7. Staff Tasking: Review Committees and tasking; discuss schedule for Groundfish Programmatic Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PSEIS); Review Individual Fishing Quotas (IFQs) proposals and provide direction. 8. Other Business The SSC agenda will include the following issues: 1. Crab Management 2. Habitat Issues 3. Halibut PSC 4. SSC workshop—Stock Recruitment The Advisory Panel will address most of the same agenda issues as the Council, except C–1, and B reports. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at http:// www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/ 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 these meetings. 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 MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA931


New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold 
a three-day meeting from January 31, 2012, through February 2, 2012 to 
consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive 
economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 31 through 
Thursday, February 2, 2012, starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 8 a.m. on 
Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Portsmouth 
Harborside Hotel, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3478; 
telephone: (603) 431-2300; fax: (603) 431-7805.
    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, January 31, 2012

    Following introductions and any announcements, brief reports will 
be presented by the Council Chairman and Executive Director, NOAA 
Fisheries Regional Administrator (Northeast Region), Northeast 
Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council 
liaisons, as well as NOAA General Counsel, representatives of the U.S. 
Coast Guard and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and 
staff from the Vessel Monitoring Systems Operations and Law Enforcement 
offices. During this period, the Council also will receive an update on 
the activities of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council. That discussion 
will be followed by a review of any experimental fishery permit 
applications that have been made available since the November 2011 
Council meeting.
    The Council will then receive an update on progress to date on 
Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Omnibus 2, which is focusing on the 
development of management alternatives to minimize the adverse effects 
of fishing activities on essential fish habitat and the protection of 
deep sea corals. Next, the Council's Research Steering Committee will 
review its findings on a number final cooperative research projects and 
its ongoing discussions with NOAA Fisheries about accounting for 
scientific research catch and the sale of that catch. An open period 
for public comments will follow during which any interested party may 
provide brief comments on issues relevant to Council business but not 
listed on the meeting agenda.
    Following a lunch break, Council staff will present a white paper 
outlining the details of a draft Fishery Management Plan Performance 
Evaluation process. This will include a question and answer session for 
both the Council and public. This is part of the Council's actions to 
respond to the Touchstone Report on the fisheries management process in 
New England. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will present 
an update and discuss several New England offshore wind energy projects 
and proposals. The day will conclude with a report from the Council's 
Sea Scallop Committee. The committee's intent is to request initiation 
of Framework 24 to the Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP). That 
action will include fishery specifications for fishing years 2013 and 
2014, as well as several additional measures identified by the Council 
in priority order: (1) Possible modification of Georges Bank access 
area opening dates; (2) measures to address sub-annual catch limits for 
yellowtail flounder for the limited access general category (LAGC) 
trawl fishery; and (3) leasing LAGC Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fish 
mid-year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    The day will begin with a summary of Stock Assessment Workshop 
(SAW) 53 results and possibly the subsequent peer review of the Gulf of 
Maine cod and black sea bass assessments addressed during the SAW. The 
Scientific and Statistical Committee's (SSC) report will follow, during 
which the committee chairman will provide an overview of SSC's December 
2012 planning meeting, including the use of social science information 
in the development of a risk policy for ABC recommendations, a process 
for addressing cod discard mortality in the groundfish hook fishery and 
SSC outreach. There also will be a detailed report of the committee's 
January 25, 2012 discussion and any decisions about the status of Gulf 
of Maine (GOM) cod.
    Following the SSC's report, the Council will receive a briefing on 
new Marine Recreational Information Program estimates of recreational 
catch for 2004 to 2011. The Council's interest here is Gulf of Maine 
cod and haddock. The Groundfish Committee will then report on a range 
of issues. These include a report on the Northeast Multispecies FMP 
Amendment 18 scoping hearings concerning accumulation limits, the 
development of a course of action to address the recent Gulf of Maine 
cod stock assessment and a possible request to NOAA Fisheries for 
emergency action to address overfishing of that stock. There will be an 
update concerning progress on a new sector framework adjustment and 
potential modifications to the groundfish closed areas in effect in the 
FMP. Finally, there will be a presentation on the Rednet Project, a 
cooperative fishermen/scientific effort to redevelop a sustainable 
redfish trawl fishery. This may be followed by a review of recent 
sector exemption requests and any related Council recommendations.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

    The last day of the Council meeting will begin with development of

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comments on the Small Mesh Multispecies Secretarial Amendment, an 
action that which will address the small mesh hake fishery and is 
scheduled to become effective on May 1, 2012. The Council also will be 
asked to approve final Draft Amendment 19 to Northeast Multispecies FMP 
for purposes of holding public hearings on the proposed alternatives. 
This will be followed by a discussion of progress to develop a range of 
alternatives for consideration in Amendment 6 to the Monkfish FMP. The 
Council also will consider adopting a committee recommendation to 
establish a control date for use in the development of future 
management measures including, but not limited to, catch shares and 
accumulation limits. There will be a briefing by NOAA Fisheries 
concerning its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and 
FMP amendment that would consider catch shares for the Atlantic shark 
fisheries. Council meeting adjournment will take place once the 
Enforcement Committee asks for Council input on recommendations 
concerning gear stowage and NOAA Enforcement's draft priorities 
document.
    Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda 
may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be 
the subjects of formal 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 that 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 (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: January 10, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-553 Filed 1-12-12; 8:45 am]
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