South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 68218-68221 [2014-27000]

Download as PDF 68218 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 220 / Friday, November 14, 2014 / Notices proposed discharge into MBNMS waters and proposed drilling activities in the submerged lands of MBNMS. The proposed project described in the EA has been evaluated for consistency with the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.), sanctuary goals and objectives, and ONMS and MBNMS permitting regulations. The environmental impacts of the permitted action are described in the EA, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and related implementing regulations. Under the National Environmental Policy Act, a draft EA was completed by MBNMS and public comments were received for a period of 30 days between June 25, 2014 and July 25, 2014. Following public comment, the EA was finalized and a FONSI was prepared in October 2014. The public comments received can be found in the Appendix of the EA. The final EA and FONSI are available for download on the MBNMS Web site at: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/new/ welcome.html#calam. Dated: November 7, 2014. Daniel J. Basta, Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. [FR Doc. 2014–27138 Filed 11–13–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD618 Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of SEDAR 42 post-data workshop webinar for Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper. AGENCY: The SEDAR 42 assessment of the Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper: a Data Workshop; a series of Assessment webinars; and a Review Workshop. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. DATES: The SEDAR 42 post-data workshop webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. central standard time (CST). ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Those interested in participating should mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Nov 13, 2014 Jkt 235001 contact Julie A. Neer at SEDAR (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT below) to request an invitation providing webinar access information. Please request webinar invitations at least 24 hours in advance of the webinar. SEDAR address: 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405. Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator; telephone: (843) 571–4366; email: julie.neer@ safmc.net. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a multistep process including: (1) Data Workshop; (2) Assessment Workshop and a series of Assessment webinars; and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop is a report which compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The assessment webinars produce a report which describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is a Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include: data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. The items of discussion during the data webinar are as follows: Participants will discuss and review data analyses and decisions since the Data Workshop. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the SEDAR office (see ADDRESSES) at least 10 business days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 10, 2014. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–27001 Filed 11–13–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD614 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC). AGENCY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the: Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee; Protected Resources Committee; Personnel Committee (closed session); Advisory Panel Selection Committee (closed session); Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; a joint meeting of the Dolphin Wahoo Committee and Snapper Grouper Committee; King & Spanish Mackerel Committee; Executive Finance Committee; Golden Crab Committee; Data Collection Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will also hold a Council Member Visioning Project Workshop SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 220 / Friday, November 14, 2014 / Notices and receive a presentation on the Biscayne National Park Fishery Management Plan as part of the meeting. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items and a formal public comment session. The Council meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014. DATES: ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Riverfront Hotel, 100 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560; telephone: (252) 638–3585. Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405. Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; telephone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769–4520; email: kim.iverson@ safmc.net. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The items of discussion in the individual meeting agendas are as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Council Visioning Workshop, Monday, December 1, 2014, 9 a.m. Until 12 Noon Council members will receive a recap the October 2014 Visioning Workshop, review the draft Snapper Grouper goals and objectives, continue to work on the Visioning process and provide direction to staff. Presentation: Biscayne National Park Fishery Management Plan, Monday, December 1, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Until 2:30 p.m. Council members will receive a presentation on the Biscayne National Park Fishery Management Plan. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee, Monday, December 1, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Until 4 p.m. 1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of Amendment 8 to the Coral Fishery Management Plan addressing expansion of deepwater coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern, receive an update on the rock shrimp Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and bycatch analysis, and provide direction to staff. 2. The Committee will receive a briefing on the proposed nomination for an Oculina National Marine Sanctuary. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Nov 13, 2014 Jkt 235001 Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee, Monday, December 1, 2014, 4 p.m. Until 4:30 p.m. The Committee will review the SSC polices and provide guidance to staff on any policy revisions. Protected Resources Committee, Monday, December 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 1. The Committee will receive a report on formal consultations and other Protected Resources updates, and receive an overview of the Nassau Grouper Proposed Rule. The committee will discuss and take action as necessary. 2. The Committee will receive an overview of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan requirements, discuss and take action as necessary. The Committee will also receive updates on American Eel status and the Atlantic sturgeon stock assessment. Personnel Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Until 9:30 a.m. (Closed Session) The Committee will conduct the Executive Director’s performance review and receive a briefing on proposed changes to the staff’s health insurance. Advisory Panel Selection Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 9:30 a.m. Until 11 a.m. (Closed Session) The Committee will review applications for open seats and provide recommendations to Council for consideration. SEDAR Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11 a.m. Until 12 Noon The Committee will receive an update on SEDAR activities and develop guidance for the Council’s SEDAR Steering Committee members. Snapper Grouper Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 3, 2014 From 8:30 a.m. Until 5 p.m. 1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of amendments currently under review, a report from the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel, and a report from the Scientific and Statistical Committee. 2. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 16 addressing the current seasonal closure for the black sea bass pot fishery, and presentations on analyses conducted by Council staff, analyses conducted by NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, and on risk of entanglement changes for pot gear since the 2006 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68219 Biological Opinion from NOAA Fisheries. The Committee will modify the document, choose preferred alternatives if possible, and is scheduled to recommend approval of the amendment for public hearings. 3. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 22 addressing proposed management measures for gag and wreckfish and public comment received. The Committee will review the document, modify as necessary and is scheduled to recommend approving the amendment for formal Secretarial review. 4. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 22 addressing the use of tags to track harvest. The Committee will receive a presentation from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries on the Catch Card Program, discuss the draft amendment, and provide guidance to staff. 5. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 36 pertaining to Spawning Special Management Zones. The Committee will receive a presentation on observations of spawning activity, review the amendment, modify as needed, and provide guidance to staff. 6. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 addressing the removal of species from the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Unit and measures affecting endorsements for the commercial golden tilefish fishery. The Committee will review the amendment, modify as appropriate, and is scheduled to approve the amendment for public hearing. Note: There will be an informal public question and answer session with the NMFS Regional Administrator and the Council Chairman on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Joint Snapper Grouper Committee and Dolphin Wahoo Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Until 10:30 a.m. 1. The Committees will receive an update on the status of commercial and recreational catches versus annual catch limits (ACLs) for dolphin and wahoo. The Committees will also receive an overview of Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 pertaining to measures to allow fillets to be brought back into the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone from The Bahamas. The Committees will review the Decision Document, modify the amendment as appropriate, and is scheduled to approve the amendment for formal Secretarial review. E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 68220 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 220 / Friday, November 14, 2014 / Notices 2. The Committees will receive an overview of the Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment, review the Decision Document, modify the amendment as appropriate, and is scheduled to approve the amendment for Secretarial review. King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m. Until 12 Noon 1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of amendments under formal review and a report from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting. 2. The Committee will receive overview of the SEDAR 38 stock assessment for king mackerel, receive a report from the SSC, and take action as necessary to specify any changes to the ACLs through the development of future amendments. 3. The Committee will receive an overview of a Discussion Paper for Amendment 24 addressing ACLs and allocations for Atlantic Spanish Mackerel and provide direction to staff. Executive Finance Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Until 2:30 p.m. 1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of the Calendar Year 2014 budget expenditures, review the Council Follow Up document and priorities, receive an update on Joint South Florida Committee issues and address other issues as appropriate. Golden Crab Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Until 3:30 p.m. 1. The Committee will receive an update on commercial catches versus the ACL for golden crab. 2. The Committee will receive an overview of the Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment, review and modify the amendment as appropriate, and is scheduled to approve the amendment for submission to the Secretary of Commerce. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Data Collection Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 3:30 p.m. Until 5 p.m. 1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of work on Bycatch Reporting in the Southeast from NOAA Fisheries, a presentation on the Electronic Technology Implementation Plan for data collection and monitoring, an overview status update on the Implementation Plan for Commercial Logbook Electronic Reporting, and a presentation on the status of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Nov 13, 2014 Jkt 235001 commercial electronic logbook pilot project. The Committee will provide direction to staff as appropriate. 2. The Committee will also receive an overview of the Joint South Atlantic and Gulf Council Generic Charterboat Reporting Amendment, including actions by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, a final report from the Technical Committee, and provide guidance to staff as appropriate. Note: A formal public comment session will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Public comment will be accepted on the following items scheduled for final Council action at this meeting: (1) Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 22 (gag and wreckfish); (2) Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 (fillets from The Bahamas); and (3) Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment. Following comment on these amendments, public comment will be accepted regarding any other items on the Council agenda. The Chairman, based on the number of individuals wishing to comment, will determine the amount of time provided to each commenter. Council Session: Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Until 1:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, and approve the September 2014 minutes. 8:45 a.m.–9:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Snapper Grouper Committee and is scheduled to either approve or disapprove Regulatory Amendment 22 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for formal Secretarial review. The Council will also consider approving or disapproving Amendment 35 and Regulatory Amendment 16 for public hearings, consider other Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SSC Selection Committee, consider Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 9:45 a.m.–10 a.m.: The Council will receive the Council Visioning Workshop Report, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10 a.m.–10:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Habitat Committee, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Protected Resources Committee, consider PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Advisory Panel Selection Committee, consider Committee recommendations for appointment/reappointment of new members and will take action as appropriate. The Council will consider other Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10:45 a.m.–11 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SEDAR Committee, consider Committee recommendations, and take action as appropriate. 11 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Joint Dolphin Wahoo and Snapper Grouper Committees and approve or disapprove Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 (fillets from the Bahamas) for formal Secretarial review. The Council will consider other Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 11:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Executive Finance Committee, approve the Council Follow Up and Priorities, take action on the South Florida Management issues as appropriate, and consider Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 11:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Golden Crab Committee, approve or disapprove the Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment for formal review, consider other Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 11:45 a.m.–12 noon: The Council will receive a report from the Data Collection Committee, consider Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 12 noon–1:30 p.m.: The Council will receive status reports from NOAA Fisheries SERO and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The Council will review and develop recommendations on Experimental Fishing Permits as necessary; review agency and liaison reports; and discuss other business and 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 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 identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 220 / Friday, November 14, 2014 / Notices Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 10, 2014. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–27000 Filed 11–13–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice and request for applications. AGENCY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 7 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three-year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Applications are due by December 31, 2014. ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Nov 13, 2014 Jkt 235001 and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below. • Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Lilli Ferguson, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, P.O. Box 159, Olema, CA 94950; (415) 663–0314 extension 107; email Lilli.Ferguson@noaa.gov; or download application from http:// cordellbank.noaa.gov. • Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Inouye Regional Center, ATTN: NOS/HIHWNMS/Emily Gaskin, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 397–2651 extension 257; email Emily.Gaskin@noaa.gov; or download application from http:// hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/ council/council_app_accepting.html. • Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shannon Ricles, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; (757) 591–7328; email Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov; or download application from http:// monitor.noaa.gov. • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Erin Ovalle, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 99 Pacific Street, Building 455A, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 647– 4206; email Erin.Ovalle@noaa.gov; or download application from http:// montereybay.noaa.gov/welcome.html. • National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, Utulei, American Samoa; (684) 633–6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http:// americansamoa.noaa.gov. • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Karlyn Langjahr, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 115 East Railroad Ave., Suite 101, Port Angeles, WA 98362; (360) 457–6622 extension 31; email Karlyn.Langjahr@noaa.gov; or download application from http:// olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/ sac_welcome.html. • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Elizabeth Stokes, NOS/ ONMS/SBNMS, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066; (781) 545– 8026 extension 201; email Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov; or download application from http:// stellwagen.noaa.gov/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68221 ONMS serves as the trustee for 14 marine protected areas encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of ocean and Great Lakes waters from the Hawaiian Islands to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. National marine sanctuaries protect our Nation’s most vital coastal and marine natural and cultural resources, and through active research, management, and public engagement, sustains healthy environments that are the foundation for thriving communities and stable economies. One of the many ways ONMS ensures public participation in the designation and management of national marine sanctuaries is through the formation of advisory councils. National marine sanctuary advisory councils are community-based advisory groups established to provide advice and recommendations to the superintendents of the national marine sanctuaries on issues including management, science, service, and stewardship; and to serve as liaisons between their constituents in the community and the sanctuary. Additional information on ONMS and its advisory councils can be found at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov. Information related to the purpose, policies and operational requirements for advisory councils can be found in the charter for a particular advisory council (http:// sanctuaries.noaa.gov/management/ac/ council_charters.html) and the National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Implementation Handbook (http:// www.sanctuaries.noaa.gov/ management/ac/acref.html). The following is a list of the vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member or alternate), for each of the advisory councils currently seeking applications for members and alternates: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Community-At-Large—Marin (alternate); Education (primary member); and Research (alternate). Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Business/Commerce (alternate); Citizen-At-Large (alternate); Conservation (alternate); Education (alternate); Lanai Island Representative (alternate); Molokai Island Representative (alternate); Ocean Recreation (alternate); Tourism (alternate); and Whale Watching (alternate). Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Education (primary member); Recreational/Commercial Fishing (primary member); and Youth (primary member). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 220 (Friday, November 14, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD614


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council (SAFMC).

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SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold meetings of the: Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee; 
Protected Resources Committee; Personnel Committee (closed session); 
Advisory Panel Selection Committee (closed session); Southeast Data, 
Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; a 
joint meeting of the Dolphin Wahoo Committee and Snapper Grouper 
Committee; King & Spanish Mackerel Committee; Executive Finance 
Committee; Golden Crab Committee; Data Collection Committee; and a 
meeting of the Full Council. The Council will also hold a Council 
Member Visioning Project Workshop

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and receive a presentation on the Biscayne National Park Fishery 
Management Plan as part of the meeting. The Council will take action as 
necessary. The Council will also hold an informal public question and 
answer session regarding agenda items and a formal public comment 
session.

DATES: The Council meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, December 
1, 2014 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014.

ADDRESSES:
    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree 
Riverfront Hotel, 100 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560; telephone: 
(252) 638-3585.
    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 
Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion in the individual 
meeting agendas are as follows:

Council Visioning Workshop, Monday, December 1, 2014, 9 a.m. Until 12 
Noon

    Council members will receive a recap the October 2014 Visioning 
Workshop, review the draft Snapper Grouper goals and objectives, 
continue to work on the Visioning process and provide direction to 
staff.

Presentation: Biscayne National Park Fishery Management Plan, Monday, 
December 1, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Until 2:30 p.m.

    Council members will receive a presentation on the Biscayne 
National Park Fishery Management Plan.

Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee, Monday, December 1, 
2014, 2:30 p.m. Until 4 p.m.

    1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of Amendment 
8 to the Coral Fishery Management Plan addressing expansion of 
deepwater coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern, receive an update 
on the rock shrimp Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and bycatch analysis, 
and provide direction to staff.
    2. The Committee will receive a briefing on the proposed nomination 
for an Oculina National Marine Sanctuary.

Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee, Monday, 
December 1, 2014, 4 p.m. Until 4:30 p.m.

    The Committee will review the SSC polices and provide guidance to 
staff on any policy revisions.

Protected Resources Committee, Monday, December 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m. 
Until 5:30 p.m.

    1. The Committee will receive a report on formal consultations and 
other Protected Resources updates, and receive an overview of the 
Nassau Grouper Proposed Rule. The committee will discuss and take 
action as necessary.
    2. The Committee will receive an overview of the Atlantic Large 
Whale Take Reduction Plan requirements, discuss and take action as 
necessary. The Committee will also receive updates on American Eel 
status and the Atlantic sturgeon stock assessment.

Personnel Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Until 9:30 
a.m. (Closed Session)

    The Committee will conduct the Executive Director's performance 
review and receive a briefing on proposed changes to the staff's health 
insurance.

Advisory Panel Selection Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 9:30 
a.m. Until 11 a.m. (Closed Session)

    The Committee will review applications for open seats and provide 
recommendations to Council for consideration.

SEDAR Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11 a.m. Until 12 Noon

    The Committee will receive an update on SEDAR activities and 
develop guidance for the Council's SEDAR Steering Committee members.

Snapper Grouper Committee, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Until 
5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 3, 2014 From 8:30 a.m. Until 5 p.m.

    1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of amendments 
currently under review, a report from the Snapper Grouper Advisory 
Panel, and a report from the Scientific and Statistical Committee.
    2. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Regulatory Amendment 16 addressing the current seasonal closure for the 
black sea bass pot fishery, and presentations on analyses conducted by 
Council staff, analyses conducted by NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional 
Office, and on risk of entanglement changes for pot gear since the 2006 
Biological Opinion from NOAA Fisheries. The Committee will modify the 
document, choose preferred alternatives if possible, and is scheduled 
to recommend approval of the amendment for public hearings.
    3. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Regulatory Amendment 22 addressing proposed management measures for gag 
and wreckfish and public comment received. The Committee will review 
the document, modify as necessary and is scheduled to recommend 
approving the amendment for formal Secretarial review.
    4. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 22 addressing the use of tags to track harvest. The Committee 
will receive a presentation from the North Carolina Division of Marine 
Fisheries on the Catch Card Program, discuss the draft amendment, and 
provide guidance to staff.
    5. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 36 pertaining to Spawning Special Management Zones. The 
Committee will receive a presentation on observations of spawning 
activity, review the amendment, modify as needed, and provide guidance 
to staff.
    6. The Committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 35 addressing the removal of species from the Snapper Grouper 
Fishery Management Unit and measures affecting endorsements for the 
commercial golden tilefish fishery. The Committee will review the 
amendment, modify as appropriate, and is scheduled to approve the 
amendment for public hearing.

    Note:  There will be an informal public question and answer 
session with the NMFS Regional Administrator and the Council 
Chairman on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Joint Snapper Grouper Committee and Dolphin Wahoo Committee, Thursday, 
December 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Until 10:30 a.m.

    1. The Committees will receive an update on the status of 
commercial and recreational catches versus annual catch limits (ACLs) 
for dolphin and wahoo. The Committees will also receive an overview of 
Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 pertaining to 
measures to allow fillets to be brought back into the U.S. Exclusive 
Economic Zone from The Bahamas. The Committees will review the Decision 
Document, modify the amendment as appropriate, and is scheduled to 
approve the amendment for formal Secretarial review.

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    2. The Committees will receive an overview of the Generic 
Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment, review the 
Decision Document, modify the amendment as appropriate, and is 
scheduled to approve the amendment for Secretarial review.

King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 10:30 
a.m. Until 12 Noon

    1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of amendments 
under formal review and a report from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council meeting.
    2. The Committee will receive overview of the SEDAR 38 stock 
assessment for king mackerel, receive a report from the SSC, and take 
action as necessary to specify any changes to the ACLs through the 
development of future amendments.
    3. The Committee will receive an overview of a Discussion Paper for 
Amendment 24 addressing ACLs and allocations for Atlantic Spanish 
Mackerel and provide direction to staff.

Executive Finance Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1:30 p.m. 
Until 2:30 p.m.

    1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of the 
Calendar Year 2014 budget expenditures, review the Council Follow Up 
document and priorities, receive an update on Joint South Florida 
Committee issues and address other issues as appropriate.

Golden Crab Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 2:30 p.m. Until 3:30 
p.m.

    1. The Committee will receive an update on commercial catches 
versus the ACL for golden crab.
    2. The Committee will receive an overview of the Generic 
Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment, review and 
modify the amendment as appropriate, and is scheduled to approve the 
amendment for submission to the Secretary of Commerce.

Data Collection Committee, Thursday, December 4, 2014, 3:30 p.m. Until 
5 p.m.

    1. The Committee will receive an update on the status of work on 
Bycatch Reporting in the Southeast from NOAA Fisheries, a presentation 
on the Electronic Technology Implementation Plan for data collection 
and monitoring, an overview status update on the Implementation Plan 
for Commercial Logbook Electronic Reporting, and a presentation on the 
status of the commercial electronic logbook pilot project. The 
Committee will provide direction to staff as appropriate.
    2. The Committee will also receive an overview of the Joint South 
Atlantic and Gulf Council Generic Charterboat Reporting Amendment, 
including actions by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, a 
final report from the Technical Committee, and provide guidance to 
staff as appropriate.

    Note:  A formal public comment session will be held on Thursday, 
December 4, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Public comment will be 
accepted on the following items scheduled for final Council action 
at this meeting: (1) Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 22 (gag 
and wreckfish); (2) Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7/Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 33 (fillets from The Bahamas); and (3) Generic 
Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment. Following 
comment on these amendments, public comment will be accepted 
regarding any other items on the Council agenda. The Chairman, based 
on the number of individuals wishing to comment, will determine the 
amount of time provided to each commenter.

Council Session: Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Until 1:30 p.m.

    8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, 
and approve the September 2014 minutes.
    8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Snapper Grouper Committee and is scheduled to either approve or 
disapprove Regulatory Amendment 22 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery 
Management Plan for formal Secretarial review. The Council will also 
consider approving or disapproving Amendment 35 and Regulatory 
Amendment 16 for public hearings, consider other Committee 
recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider Committee recommendations 
and take action as appropriate.
    9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SSC 
Selection Committee, consider Committee recommendations and take action 
as appropriate.
    9:45 a.m.-10 a.m.: The Council will receive the Council Visioning 
Workshop Report, consider recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    10 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Habitat Committee, consider recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Protected Resources Committee, consider committee recommendations and 
take action as appropriate.
    10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Advisory Panel Selection Committee, consider Committee recommendations 
for appointment/reappointment of new members and will take action as 
appropriate. The Council will consider other Committee recommendations 
and take action as appropriate.
    10:45 a.m.-11 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
SEDAR Committee, consider Committee recommendations, and take action as 
appropriate.
    11 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Joint Dolphin Wahoo and Snapper Grouper Committees and approve or 
disapprove Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 
(fillets from the Bahamas) for formal Secretarial review. The Council 
will consider other Committee recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Executive Finance Committee, approve the Council Follow Up and 
Priorities, take action on the South Florida Management issues as 
appropriate, and consider Committee recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Golden Crab Committee, approve or disapprove the Generic Accountability 
Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment for formal review, consider 
other Committee recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    11:45 a.m.-12 noon: The Council will receive a report from the Data 
Collection Committee, consider Committee recommendations and take 
action as appropriate.
    12 noon-1:30 p.m.: The Council will receive status reports from 
NOAA Fisheries SERO and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The 
Council will review and develop recommendations on Experimental Fishing 
Permits as necessary; review agency and liaison reports; and discuss 
other business and 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 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 identified in this notice and any issues 
arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action 
under section 305(c) of the

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Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the 
public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action 
to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the 
council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the meeting.

    Note:  The times and sequence specified in this agenda are 
subject to change.


    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: November 10, 2014.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-27000 Filed 11-13-14; 8:45 am]
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