New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting, 64752-64753 [2014-25927]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 64752 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 211 / Friday, October 31, 2014 / Notices from those applications that are deemed complete. A qualified applicant is an applicant that has submitted a complete application by the deadline (see DATES) and has met the selection criteria listed above. Qualified applicants are eligible to be selected to participate in the shark research fishery for 2015. The HMS Management Division will provide the list of qualified applicants without identifying information to the SEFSC. The SEFSC will then evaluate the list of qualified applicants and, based on the temporal and spatial needs of the research objectives, the availability of observers, the availability of qualified applicants, and the available quota for a given year, will randomly select qualified applicants to conduct the prescribed research. Where there are multiple qualified applicants that meet the criteria, permittees will be randomly selected through a lottery system. If a public meeting is deemed necessary, NMFS will announce details of a public selection meeting in a subsequent Federal Register notice. Once the selection process is complete, NMFS will notify the selected applicants and issue the shark research fishery permits. The shark research fishery permits will be valid only in calendar year 2015. If needed, NMFS will communicate with the shark research fishery permit holders to arrange a captain’s meeting to discuss the research objectives and protocols. NMFS held mandatory captain’s meetings before observers were placed on vessels in both 2013 (78 FR 14515; March 6, 2013) and 2014 (79 FR 12155; March 4, 2014) and expects to hold one again in 2015. Once the fishery starts, the shark research fishery permit holders must contact the NMFS observer coordinator to arrange the placement of a NMFS-approved observer for each shark research trip. A shark research fishery permit will only be valid for the vessel and owner(s) and terms and conditions listed on the permit, and, thus, cannot be transferred to another vessel or owner(s). Issuance of a shark research permit does not guarantee that the permit holder will be assigned a NMFS-approved observer on any particular trip. Rather, issuance indicates that a vessel may be issued a NMFS-approved observer for a particular trip, and on such trips, may be allowed to harvest Atlantic sharks, including sandbar sharks, in excess of the retention limits described in 50 CFR 635.24(a). These retention limits will be based on available quota, number of vessels participating in the 2015 shark research fishery, the research objectives set forth by the shark board, the extent of other restrictions placed on the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 Oct 30, 2014 Jkt 235001 vessel, and may vary by vessel and/or location. When not operating under the auspices of the shark research fishery, the vessel would still be able to land LCS, SCS, and pelagic sharks subject to existing retention limits on trips without a NMFS-approved observer. NMFS annually invites commercial shark permit holders (directed and incidental) to submit an application to participate in the shark research fishery. Permit applications can be found on the HMS Management Division’s Web site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ index.htm or by calling (301) 427–8503. Final decisions on the issuance of a shark research fishery permit will depend on the submission of all required information by the deadline (see DATES), and NMFS’ review of applicant information as outlined above. The 2015 shark research fishery will start after the opening of the shark fishery and under available quotas as published in a separate Federal Register final rule. Dated: October 28, 2014. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–25957 Filed 10–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD597 New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); 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 4-day meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held Monday through Thursday, November 17–20, 2014. The Monday session will begin at 1 p.m., while the next three days will start at 8:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840; telephone: (401) 849–1000 and fax: (401) 849–3422. For online information about the venue www.marriott.com/hotels/hotelinformation/travel/pvdlw-newportmarriott/. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465–0492. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Counci; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Monday, November 17, 2014 The Council meeting will begin with introductions, and brief reports from the NEFMC Chairman and Executive Director, the NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, NOAA General Counsel and NOAA Law Enforcement, and representatives of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and U.S. Coast Guard. Immediately after these reports, the Council will provide an opportunity for the public to present brief comments on items that are relevant to Council business but are otherwise not listed on the published agenda. The Monkfish Committee will update members on the development of alternatives for inclusion in Amendment 6 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and possibly the necessity of initiating a framework adjustment to expedite the implementation of several measures previously included in Amendment 6. The Council staff will present the annual monitoring report on the Northeast Skate Complex FMP and the day will end with a report from the Small Mesh Multispecies (Whiting) Committee. The committee will recommend approval of the 2015–17 specifications for the small-mesh multispecies (whiting) fishery. Although the formal Council meeting will adjourn, staff from the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office will present an overview and discuss the office’s Strategic Plan at 5:45 p.m. or immediately following the conclusion of the Council’s meeting. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 The day will begin with an overview and summary of public comments on a NOAA/NMFS-led action that will affect all federally managed fisheries in the Northeast. The Council then intends to take final action on what is called the Vessel Baseline Omnibus Amendment. During this same morning session, the Council also expects to approve alternatives to be considered for inclusion in Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies or Groundfish FMP. The discussion will focus on accumulation limits and an inshore/ E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 211 / Friday, October 31, 2014 / Notices offshore line to address the concentration of fishing effort in the inshore Gulf of Maine. Next, the Scientific and Statistical Committee will report on its recommendations for overfishing limits and acceptable biological catch recommendations for Gulf of Maine cod, pollock, Gulf of Maine winter flounder, and Georges Bank winter flounder. Following a lunch break, the rest of the day will be spent reviewing and taking final action on Framework Adjustment 53 to the Groundfish FMP. The framework addresses three major topics: (1) Status changes (Gulf of Maine (GOM) haddock) and specifications for several groundfish stocks (Gulf of Maine cod and haddock; Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank winter flounder; pollock; and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder); (2) windowpane flounder sub-annual catch limit (ACLs) for sectors, common pool; and the sea scallop fishery; and (3) other management measures, including additional spatial protection for spawning Gulf of Maine cod, and possibly additional measures for that stock, a roll-over provision for fishery specifications, and annual catch entitlement carryover provisions for sectors. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Wednesday, November 19, 2014 The Council intends to use this day to complete its work on Framework Adjustment 53. Thursday, November 20, 2014 The final day of the Council’s meeting will begin with a report from its Sea Scallop Committee. Based on the committee’s recommendations, the Council expects to take final action on Framework Adjustment 26 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP. The action includes fishery specifications for 2015 and default measures for 2016, including days-at-sea allocations, access area allocations and limited access general category fishery allocations. A number of other issues are under consideration for inclusion in the action. Prior to a lunch break, the NEFMC will begin a final round of discussions and approve its management priorities for 2015. The Risk Policy Working Group will ask for approval of a draft policy statement and briefly discuss steps to apply the policy across all NEFMC fishery management plans. Finally, the Observer Committee will provide an update on the development of an Omnibus IndustryFunded Monitoring Amendment request approval of alternatives for inclusion in the action. The meeting will adjourn once any other outstanding business has been addressed. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:23 Oct 30, 2014 Jkt 235001 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 Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: October 28, 2014. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–25927 Filed 10–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD598 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Groundfish Plan Teams will meet in Seattle, WA. DATES: The meetings will be held November 17–21, 2014. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m., November 17, and continue through Friday November 21, 2014. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Building 4, NMML Room 2039 (GOA Plan Team) and Traynor Room 2076 (BS/AI Plan Team), Seattle, WA. Council Address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Stram, NPFMC; telephone: (907) 271–2809. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64753 The Plan Teams will compile and review the annual Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) reports, (including the Economic Report, the Ecosystems Consideration Chapter, and the stock assessments for BSAI and GOA groundfishes), and recommend final groundfish harvest specifications for 2015/16. 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 these groups 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 Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Gail Bendixen, (907) 271–2809, at least 5 working days prior to the meeting date. Dated: October 28, 2014. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–25928 Filed 10–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Additions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Additions to the Procurement List. AGENCY: This action adds products to the Procurement List that will be furnished by a nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. DATES: Effective Date: 12/1/2014 ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 10800, Arlington, Virginia 22202–4149. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Briscoe, Telephone: (703) 603– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD597


New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); 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 4-day meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in 
the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held Monday through Thursday, November 17-
20, 2014. The Monday session will begin at 1 p.m., while the next three 
days will start at 8:30 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 25 America's 
Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840; telephone: (401) 849-1000 and fax: (401) 
849-3422. For online information about the venue www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/pvdlw-newport-marriott/.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water 
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Counci; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Monday, November 17, 2014

    The Council meeting will begin with introductions, and brief 
reports from the NEFMC Chairman and Executive Director, the NOAA 
Fisheries Regional Administrator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center 
and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, NOAA General 
Counsel and NOAA Law Enforcement, and representatives of the Atlantic 
States Marine Fisheries Commission and U.S. Coast Guard. Immediately 
after these reports, the Council will provide an opportunity for the 
public to present brief comments on items that are relevant to Council 
business but are otherwise not listed on the published agenda. The 
Monkfish Committee will update members on the development of 
alternatives for inclusion in Amendment 6 to the Monkfish Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP) and possibly the necessity of initiating a 
framework adjustment to expedite the implementation of several measures 
previously included in Amendment 6. The Council staff will present the 
annual monitoring report on the Northeast Skate Complex FMP and the day 
will end with a report from the Small Mesh Multispecies (Whiting) 
Committee. The committee will recommend approval of the 2015-17 
specifications for the small-mesh multispecies (whiting) fishery. 
Although the formal Council meeting will adjourn, staff from the 
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office will present an overview and 
discuss the office's Strategic Plan at 5:45 p.m. or immediately 
following the conclusion of the Council's meeting.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    The day will begin with an overview and summary of public comments 
on a NOAA/NMFS-led action that will affect all federally managed 
fisheries in the Northeast. The Council then intends to take final 
action on what is called the Vessel Baseline Omnibus Amendment. During 
this same morning session, the Council also expects to approve 
alternatives to be considered for inclusion in Amendment 18 to the 
Northeast Multispecies or Groundfish FMP. The discussion will focus on 
accumulation limits and an inshore/

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offshore line to address the concentration of fishing effort in the 
inshore Gulf of Maine. Next, the Scientific and Statistical Committee 
will report on its recommendations for overfishing limits and 
acceptable biological catch recommendations for Gulf of Maine cod, 
pollock, Gulf of Maine winter flounder, and Georges Bank winter 
flounder. Following a lunch break, the rest of the day will be spent 
reviewing and taking final action on Framework Adjustment 53 to the 
Groundfish FMP. The framework addresses three major topics: (1) Status 
changes (Gulf of Maine (GOM) haddock) and specifications for several 
groundfish stocks (Gulf of Maine cod and haddock; Gulf of Maine and 
Georges Bank winter flounder; pollock; and Georges Bank yellowtail 
flounder); (2) windowpane flounder sub-annual catch limit (ACLs) for 
sectors, common pool; and the sea scallop fishery; and (3) other 
management measures, including additional spatial protection for 
spawning Gulf of Maine cod, and possibly additional measures for that 
stock, a roll-over provision for fishery specifications, and annual 
catch entitlement carryover provisions for sectors.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    The Council intends to use this day to complete its work on 
Framework Adjustment 53.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

    The final day of the Council's meeting will begin with a report 
from its Sea Scallop Committee. Based on the committee's 
recommendations, the Council expects to take final action on Framework 
Adjustment 26 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP. The action includes 
fishery specifications for 2015 and default measures for 2016, 
including days-at-sea allocations, access area allocations and limited 
access general category fishery allocations. A number of other issues 
are under consideration for inclusion in the action. Prior to a lunch 
break, the NEFMC will begin a final round of discussions and approve 
its management priorities for 2015. The Risk Policy Working Group will 
ask for approval of a draft policy statement and briefly discuss steps 
to apply the policy across all NEFMC fishery management plans. Finally, 
the Observer Committee will provide an update on the development of an 
Omnibus Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment request approval of 
alternatives for inclusion in the action. The meeting will adjourn once 
any other outstanding business has been addressed.
    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 Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: October 28, 2014.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-25927 Filed 10-30-14; 8:45 am]
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