South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meetings, 8061-8063 [2015-03071]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD763 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Amy Hapeman or Howard Goldstein; phone: (301) 427–8401. ACTION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The applicant requests a five-year permit to conduct research on bottlenose dolphins in the bay, sound, estuary and near-shore coastal waters of Texas in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the research is to: (1) Develop and maintain standardized photo-identification catalogs; (2) characterize fine-scale population structure and dynamics; (3) estimate abundance for strategic stocks; (4) establish baseline patterns of distribution, habitat use, site-fidelity, diet, and contaminant loads; (5) analyze dolphin behavior in relation to anthropogenic activities; and (6) identify potential risks to the population. Proposed methods include vessel surveys for photographic identification, focal follows, behavioral observation, and biopsy sampling. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: February 6, 2015. Perry F. Gayaldo, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–03017 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 Notice of public meetings. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the: Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and the Ecosystem-Based Management Committee; the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee (partially Closed); Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee; Protected Resources Committee; Spiny Lobster Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee; King and 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 Workshop for the Snapper Grouper Fishery. 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, March 2, 2015 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015. DATES: ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the King and Prince Hotel, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522; telephone: (800) 342–0212 or (912) 638–3631; fax: (912) 638–7699. 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: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8061 Council Member Visioning Workshop, Monday, March 2, 2015, 9 a.m. Until 12 noon 1. Council members will receive a recap of the December 2014 Visioning Workshop, review the draft snapper grouper goals and objectives, receive a summary of statistics for the snapper grouper fishery, and discuss planning and timelines for collecting public input on the Draft Vision Blueprint. 2. Council members will discuss next steps and provide guidance to staff. Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and EcosystemBased Management Committee, Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 1. The committees will receive an update on the status of Coral Amendment 8, an overview of the updated Beach Renourishment Policy Statement and hold a South Atlantic Ecosystem Session. 2. The committees will develop recommendations and provide guidance to staff. Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Meeting (Concurrent Session), Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 1. The advisory panel (AP) will receive updates on recently completed and developing amendments to fishery management plans, receive a presentation on the status of Joint Enforcement Agreements, and overviews of the following amendments under development by the Council: Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 (removing species from the fishery management unit and measures to address endorsements for the commercial golden tilefish fishery); Snapper Grouper Amendment 36 (Spawning Special Management Zones); and Regulatory Amendment 16 (modifications to the black sea bass pot fishery seasonal closure). The AP will also discuss remote sensing as a tool to monitor marine protected area compliance. 2. The AP will develop recommendations for the Council. SEDAR Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 9 a.m. (Partially Closed) 1. The committee will develop SEDAR appointment recommendations for the SEDAR 41 stock assessment (red snapper and gray triggerfish) Data Best Practices Procedure Workshop. 2. The committee will receive an update on SEDAR Activities and updates from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC). E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 8062 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9 a.m. Until 9:30 a.m. 1. The committee will review SSC policies and develop recommendations for modifications. Protected Resources Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9:30 a.m. Until 10:30 a.m. 1. The committee will receive a report on ongoing formal consultations and other Protected Resources updates, a presentation the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Biological Opinion, an overview of Advanced Notice of Rulemaking and Request of Information for Coral, and an overview of the Endangered Species Act/MagnusonStevens Act Integration Agreement. The Council will discuss and take action as necessary. 2. The committee will also receive an overview on Proposed Modifications to Right Whale Critical Habitat from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office (SERO) Protected Resources staff, discuss and take action as necessary. Spiny Lobster Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:30 a.m. Until 12 noon 1. The committee will receive an update on the status of commercial and recreational catches versus annual catch limits and a report on the Spiny Lobster Review Panel recommendations 2. The committee will discuss the report, take action as necessary and provide direction to staff. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Snapper Grouper Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 4, 2015 From 8:30 a.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 1. The committee will receive updates from NOAA Fisheries on the status of catches versus annual catch limits and the status of amendments currently under formal Secretarial review. 2. The committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 37 (Short-term measures relative to the Visioning Project, measures for hogfish, the jacks management complex, almaco jack trip limits, size limits on deepwater species, and measures for red grouper). The committee will develop recommendations for items to include in the amendment and timing for development. 3. The committee will review Snapper Grouper Amendment 22 with management alternatives for developing a harvest tag program and provide guidance to staff. 4. The committee will receive a report from the Atlantic Large Whale Take VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 Reduction Team meeting, discuss the report and provide guidance to staff. 5. The committee will review Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 16 (Black sea bass pot closure), develop recommendations for modifying the document and select preferred management alternatives for the amendment. 6. The committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 36 (Spawning Special Management Zones), review the decision document and develop recommendations as appropriate. The committee is scheduled to recommend approving the amendment for public hearings. 7. The committee will receive an overview of the draft System Management Plan for Deepwater Marine Protected Areas and provide guidance to staff. 8. The committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 (removing species from the management unit, golden tilefish endorsements), review public hearing comments, approve actions, and provide recommendations. 9. The committee will address issues relative to increased blueline tilefish landings north of North Carolina. The committee will receive a briefing on legal issues and an overview of a decision document to address management issues. The committee will consider recommending an emergency rule or interim action as appropriate to address the increased landings, and provide guidance to staff on next steps and timing. Note: There will be an informal public question and answer session with the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Administrator and the Council Chairman on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, beginning at 5:30 p.m. King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 12 noon 1. The committee will receive an update on the status of commercial and recreational catches versus ACLs and an update on the status of amendments under Formal Review. 2. The committee will receive a report from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting and actions taken. 3. The committee will review public scoping comments. 4. The committee will review the decision document for Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 addressing king mackerel ACLs, allocations, stock boundary options, and sales provisions, and provide direction to staff. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5. The committee will receive an overview of options for separate South Atlantic and Gulf Fishery Management Plans for mackerel from NOAA General Counsel and Council staff, discuss, take action as necessary and provide direction to staff. Executive Finance Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 2:30 p.m. 1. The committee will receive updates on the status of the Calendar-Year 2015 budget and budget expenditures. 2. Address the Council Follow-up and priorities. 3. Receive an update on the Joint South Florida Committee issues, a report from the Council Coordinating Committee meeting, an update on staff health insurance, and address other issues as appropriate. Golden Crab Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 2:30 p.m. Until 3:30 p.m. The committee will receive a report on the status of catch versus ACLs for golden crab, an update on the status of Amendment 9 to the Golden Crab Fishery Management Plan (accountability measures), and a report from the Golden Crab AP meeting. The committee will provide recommendations as appropriate. Data Collection Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 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, a presentation on the Electronic Technology Implementation Plan (Data Collection and Monitoring), and an overview and status update on the Implementation Plan for Commercial Logbook Electronic Reporting. The committee will discuss and provide guidance to staff. 2. The committee will also receive a presentation on the status of the commercial electronic logbook pilot project by NOAA Fisheries SEFSC, and an overview of the Gulf Council’s action, status and next steps for the Joint South Atlantic and Gulf Council Generic Charterboat Reporting Amendment. The Committee will review the decision document for the amendment and provide guidance to staff. Note: A formal public comment session will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Public comment will be accepted on any items on the Council agenda. The amount of time provided to individuals will be determined by the Chairman based on the number of individuals wishing to comment. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices Council Session: Friday, March 6, 2015, 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 December 2014 minutes. 8:45 a.m.–9 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Snapper Grouper Committee and is scheduled to approve Snapper Grouper Amendment 36 for public hearings. The Council will consider other committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 9 a.m.–9:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SSC 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 Council Member Visioning Workshop, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. 9:45 a.m.–10 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10 a.m.–10:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Protected Resources Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SEDAR Committee, consider committee recommendations and will take action as appropriate. 10:30 a.m.–10:45 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. 10:45–11 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Golden Crab Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 11 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Data Collection Committee, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. 11:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Spiny Lobster Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 11:30 a.m.–12 noon: The Council will receive a presentation on Amendment 6 VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan from NOAA Fisheries. 12 noon–12:15 p.m.: The Council will receive an update on the Marine Resources Education Program— Southeast. 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: The Council will receive status reports from NOAA Fisheries SERO and the SEFSC. 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 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 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 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: February 10, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–03071 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD751 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8063 Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) will hold an online webinar, which is open to the public. DATES: The webinar will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time. ADDRESSES: To attend the webinar, visit http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/ webinar/join-webinar. Enter the webinar ID, which is 101–963–979, and your name and email address (required). Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select ‘‘Use Telephone.’’ If you do not select ‘‘Use Telephone’’ GoToMeeting will automatically connect you to the audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). If you do not have a headset and speakers, or if there is excessive feedback, please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (702) 489– 0004 (not a toll-free number); then enter the attendee phone audio access code 502–039–210; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). System Requirements for PCbased attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP; for Mac®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer; and for mobile attendees: iPhone®, iPad®, AndroidTM phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps). You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at (503) 820–2425 for technical assistance. A listening station will also be provided at the Pacific Council office. Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brett Wiedoff, Staff Officer; telephone: (503) 820–2424. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of the webinar is to discuss and develop statements for the Pacific Council’s March 2015 meeting in Vancouver, WA on two agenda items: (1) Recommendations for incidental halibut retention allowances in the sablefish fishery north of Pt. Chehalis, WA—this topic will only be discussed if the Area 2A Pacific halibut Total Allowable Catch is high enough to provide such opportunities; and (2) Ecosystem Plan Initiatives—the Pacific Council will prioritize a list of fishery ecosystem plan initiatives and provide direction for additional consideration of the highest priority issue(s). Other pertinent items that are on the Pacific Council’s agenda for the March meeting may be addressed if time allows. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD763


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public 
Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold meetings of the: Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection 
Committee and the Ecosystem-Based Management Committee; the Law 
Enforcement Advisory Panel; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review 
(SEDAR) Committee (partially Closed); Scientific and Statistical 
Committee (SSC) Selection Committee; Protected Resources Committee; 
Spiny Lobster Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee; King and 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 Workshop for the 
Snapper Grouper Fishery. 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, March 2, 
2015 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015.

ADDRESSES: 
    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the King and Prince 
Hotel, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522; telephone: (800) 
342-0212 or (912) 638-3631; fax: (912) 638-7699.
    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 Member Visioning Workshop, Monday, March 2, 2015, 9 a.m. Until 
12 noon

    1. Council members will receive a recap of the December 2014 
Visioning Workshop, review the draft snapper grouper goals and 
objectives, receive a summary of statistics for the snapper grouper 
fishery, and discuss planning and timelines for collecting public input 
on the Draft Vision Blueprint.
    2. Council members will discuss next steps and provide guidance to 
staff.

Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and Ecosystem-
Based Management Committee, Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5:30 
p.m.

    1. The committees will receive an update on the status of Coral 
Amendment 8, an overview of the updated Beach Renourishment Policy 
Statement and hold a South Atlantic Ecosystem Session.
    2. The committees will develop recommendations and provide guidance 
to staff.

Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Meeting (Concurrent Session), Monday, 
March 2, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m.

    1. The advisory panel (AP) will receive updates on recently 
completed and developing amendments to fishery management plans, 
receive a presentation on the status of Joint Enforcement Agreements, 
and overviews of the following amendments under development by the 
Council: Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 (removing species from the 
fishery management unit and measures to address endorsements for the 
commercial golden tilefish fishery); Snapper Grouper Amendment 36 
(Spawning Special Management Zones); and Regulatory Amendment 16 
(modifications to the black sea bass pot fishery seasonal closure). The 
AP will also discuss remote sensing as a tool to monitor marine 
protected area compliance.
    2. The AP will develop recommendations for the Council.

SEDAR Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 9 a.m. 
(Partially Closed)

    1. The committee will develop SEDAR appointment recommendations for 
the SEDAR 41 stock assessment (red snapper and gray triggerfish) Data 
Best Practices Procedure Workshop.
    2. The committee will receive an update on SEDAR Activities and 
updates from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC).

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Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee, 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9 a.m. Until 9:30 a.m.

    1. The committee will review SSC policies and develop 
recommendations for modifications.

Protected Resources Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9:30 a.m. Until 
10:30 a.m.

    1. The committee will receive a report on ongoing formal 
consultations and other Protected Resources updates, a presentation the 
Coastal Migratory Pelagics Biological Opinion, an overview of Advanced 
Notice of Rulemaking and Request of Information for Coral, and an 
overview of the Endangered Species Act/Magnuson-Stevens Act Integration 
Agreement. The Council will discuss and take action as necessary.
    2. The committee will also receive an overview on Proposed 
Modifications to Right Whale Critical Habitat from NOAA Fisheries 
Southeast Regional Office (SERO) Protected Resources staff, discuss and 
take action as necessary.

Spiny Lobster Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:30 a.m. Until 12 
noon

    1. The committee will receive an update on the status of commercial 
and recreational catches versus annual catch limits and a report on the 
Spiny Lobster Review Panel recommendations
    2. The committee will discuss the report, take action as necessary 
and provide direction to staff.

Snapper Grouper Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5 
p.m. and Wednesday, March 4, 2015 From 8:30 a.m. Until 5:30 p.m.

    1. The committee will receive updates from NOAA Fisheries on the 
status of catches versus annual catch limits and the status of 
amendments currently under formal Secretarial review.
    2. The committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 37 (Short-term measures relative to the Visioning Project, 
measures for hogfish, the jacks management complex, almaco jack trip 
limits, size limits on deepwater species, and measures for red 
grouper). The committee will develop recommendations for items to 
include in the amendment and timing for development.
    3. The committee will review Snapper Grouper Amendment 22 with 
management alternatives for developing a harvest tag program and 
provide guidance to staff.
    4. The committee will receive a report from the Atlantic Large 
Whale Take Reduction Team meeting, discuss the report and provide 
guidance to staff.
    5. The committee will review Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 
16 (Black sea bass pot closure), develop recommendations for modifying 
the document and select preferred management alternatives for the 
amendment.
    6. The committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 36 (Spawning Special Management Zones), review the decision 
document and develop recommendations as appropriate. The committee is 
scheduled to recommend approving the amendment for public hearings.
    7. The committee will receive an overview of the draft System 
Management Plan for Deepwater Marine Protected Areas and provide 
guidance to staff.
    8. The committee will receive an overview of Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 35 (removing species from the management unit, golden 
tilefish endorsements), review public hearing comments, approve 
actions, and provide recommendations.
    9. The committee will address issues relative to increased blueline 
tilefish landings north of North Carolina. The committee will receive a 
briefing on legal issues and an overview of a decision document to 
address management issues. The committee will consider recommending an 
emergency rule or interim action as appropriate to address the 
increased landings, and provide guidance to staff on next steps and 
timing.

    Note: There will be an informal public question and answer 
session with the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Administrator and 
the Council Chairman on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, beginning at 5:30 
p.m.

King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 8:30 a.m. 
Until 12 noon

    1. The committee will receive an update on the status of commercial 
and recreational catches versus ACLs and an update on the status of 
amendments under Formal Review.
    2. The committee will receive a report from the Gulf of Mexico 
Fishery Management Council meeting and actions taken.
    3. The committee will review public scoping comments.
    4. The committee will review the decision document for Coastal 
Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 addressing king mackerel ACLs, 
allocations, stock boundary options, and sales provisions, and provide 
direction to staff.
    5. The committee will receive an overview of options for separate 
South Atlantic and Gulf Fishery Management Plans for mackerel from NOAA 
General Counsel and Council staff, discuss, take action as necessary 
and provide direction to staff.

Executive Finance Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 
2:30 p.m.

    1. The committee will receive updates on the status of the 
Calendar-Year 2015 budget and budget expenditures.
    2. Address the Council Follow-up and priorities.
    3. Receive an update on the Joint South Florida Committee issues, a 
report from the Council Coordinating Committee meeting, an update on 
staff health insurance, and address other issues as appropriate.

Golden Crab Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 2:30 p.m. Until 3:30 
p.m.

    The committee will receive a report on the status of catch versus 
ACLs for golden crab, an update on the status of Amendment 9 to the 
Golden Crab Fishery Management Plan (accountability measures), and a 
report from the Golden Crab AP meeting. The committee will provide 
recommendations as appropriate.

Data Collection Committee, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 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, a presentation on the Electronic 
Technology Implementation Plan (Data Collection and Monitoring), and an 
overview and status update on the Implementation Plan for Commercial 
Logbook Electronic Reporting. The committee will discuss and provide 
guidance to staff.
    2. The committee will also receive a presentation on the status of 
the commercial electronic logbook pilot project by NOAA Fisheries 
SEFSC, and an overview of the Gulf Council's action, status and next 
steps for the Joint South Atlantic and Gulf Council Generic Charterboat 
Reporting Amendment. The Committee will review the decision document 
for the amendment and provide guidance to staff.

    Note: A formal public comment session will be held on Thursday, 
March 5, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Public comment will be accepted 
on any items on the Council agenda. The amount of time provided to 
individuals will be determined by the Chairman based on the number 
of individuals wishing to comment.


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Council Session: Friday, March 6, 2015, 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 December 2014 minutes.
    8:45 a.m.-9 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Snapper Grouper Committee and is scheduled to approve Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 36 for public hearings. The Council will consider other 
committee recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    9 a.m.-9:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the King 
and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider committee recommendations and 
take action as appropriate.
    9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SSC 
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 
Council Member Visioning Workshop, consider recommendations and take 
action as appropriate.
    9:45 a.m.-10 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Joint 
Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and Ecosystem-Based 
Management Committee, consider committee recommendations and take 
action as appropriate.
    10 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Protected Resources Committee, consider committee recommendations and 
take action as appropriate.
    10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
SEDAR Committee, consider committee recommendations and will take 
action as appropriate.
    10:30 a.m.-10:45 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.
    10:45-11 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Golden 
Crab Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    11 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Data 
Collection Committee, consider recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Spiny Lobster Committee, consider committee recommendations and take 
action as appropriate.
    11:30 a.m.-12 noon: The Council will receive a presentation on 
Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery 
Management Plan from NOAA Fisheries.
    12 noon-12:15 p.m.: The Council will receive an update on the 
Marine Resources Education Program--Southeast.
    12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Council will receive status reports from 
NOAA Fisheries SERO and the SEFSC. 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 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 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 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: February 10, 2015.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-03071 Filed 2-12-15; 8:45 am]
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