New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting, 18192-18193 [2015-07685]

Download as PDF 18192 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 64 / Friday, April 3, 2015 / Notices Notice of public meeting. The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 152nd meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held on April 21–22, 2015. The Council will convene on Tuesday, April 21, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will reconvene on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Divi Carina Beach Resort and Casino, 25 Estate Turner Hole, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI 00820. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, ˜ 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918; telephone: (787) 766–5926. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will hold its 152nd regular Council Meeting to discuss the items contained in the following agenda: SUMMARY: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES April 21, 2015, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Call to Order Adoption of Agenda Consideration of 151st Council Meeting Verbatim Transcriptions Executive Director’s Report SSC National Workshop Report—Dr. Richard Appeldoorn SSC Meeting Report—Dr. Richard Appeldoorn Island-Based Fishery ManagementSpecies Selection Criteria Development • Outcomes from the March 2015 DAP and SSC Meetings -input from each of the three DAPs -input from SSC • Review Proposed Options, Provide Guidance for Inclusion/Exclusion/ Addition • Discuss Options and Next Steps in Continuing the Development of this Initiative. Update on Timing of Accountability Measure-based Closures Action • Outcomes from the March 2015 DAP Meetings—input from each of the three DAPs regarding the options for times to schedule closures for each of the alternatives laid out in the Options paper (islands/island groups and ACL groupings) • Review Proposed Options, Provide Guidance for Inclusion/Exclusion/ Addition • Discuss Next Steps Update on Puerto Rico Commercial Landings 2011–13, and Comparison to Annual Catch Limits Permits Scoping Paper • Report from USVI and Puerto Rico Regarding State Perspectives on VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Apr 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 Permits • Review Outcomes from March Scoping Meetings • Discuss Options and Next Steps in Continuing the Development of this Initiative Emergency Rule to Prohibit Sea Cucumber and Sea Urchin Harvest from U.S. Caribbean EEZ Waters • Report on Availability of Pertinent Landings Data • Status and Next Steps Modifications to Accountability Measure Guidance in FMPs • Council Receives Update on Development of Plan Amendments ABC Control Rule for Data-Poor Stocks • Report from SSC Abrir/Bajo/Tourmaline consistency of regulations • Consider Outcomes from February Public Meetings in Mayaguez and Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico • Evaluate and Confirm, or Modify, Alternatives Including Preferred Alternatives. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (5-minutes presentations) April 21, 2015, 5:15 p.m.–6 p.m. Administrative Matters -Budget Update FY 2014/15 -SOPPs Approval for Submission to NOAA Fisheries -Closed Session: -Membership of Island-Based District Advisory Panels (DAPs) and Consideration of Terms of Reference for Winter 2015 DAP Meetings -SSC/OEAP Memberships April 22, 2015, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Report on Stock Assessment Results and Plan Actions from the SEFSC’s Stock Assessment Programmatic Review Update on Project Entitled: ‘‘Connecting Fishers and Fisheries Data Using a Cooperative Gear Development Project to Improve Catch Reporting’’— Anthony Iarocci Request by Puerto Rico West Coast Fishers on Trammel Net Phase Out Revision of ACLs for Puerto Rico— ˜ Eugenio Pineiro Proposed Rule to Revise the National Standard 1, 3, and 7 Guidelines Continuing Research: Assessing Queen Conch Home Range, Habitat and Movement in the USVI—Jennifer Doerr and Ron Hill MERP Report Outreach and Education Report—Dr. ´ Alida Ortız Enforcement Issues: -Puerto Rico-DNER -U.S. Virgin Islands-DPNR -U.S. Coast Guard -NMFS/NOAA PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Meetings Attended by Council Members and Staff PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (5-minute presentations) Other Business Next Council Meeting The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of discussion relevant to the agenda items. To further accommodate discussion and completion of all items on the agenda, the meeting may be extended from, or completed prior to the date established in this notice. The meeting is open to the public, and will be conducted in English. Fishers and other interested persons are invited to attend and participate with oral or written statements regarding agenda issues. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be subjects for formal action during this meeting. Actions 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 that the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. For more information or request for sign language interpretation and/other auxiliary aids, ´ please contact Mr. Miguel A. Rolon, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery ˜ Management Council, 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00918, telephone (787) 766–5926, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: March 31, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting DeputyDirector, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–07684 Filed 4–2–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD875 New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\03APN1.SGM 03APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 64 / Friday, April 3, 2015 / Notices ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a three-day meeting on April 21– 23, 2015 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, April 23, 2015, starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, and 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, 2015. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 20 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355–1900. The telephone number is (860) 572–0731, and fax is (860) 572–0328. For online information see www.hiltonmystic.com. 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 Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Tuesday, April 21, 2015 The Council meeting will begin with introductions and a brief closed session during which the NEFMC will approve additional Scientific and Statistical Committee appointments for 2015–17. Brief reports will follow from the NEFMC Chairman and Executive Director, the NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator, the 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, U.S Coast Guard and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council. NOAA General Counsel will then provide a presentation on the Magnuson-Stevens Act provisions on Council member financial disclosure and recusal requirements. During the Observer Committee’s Report to follow the NEFMC will review and likely approve committee recommendations for additional industry-funded portside sampling and electronic monitoring options in the Atlantic herring fishery. The options are intended to be part of an omnibus amendment (vs. a framework adjustment) that would address industry-funded monitoring across all federally managed fisheries in the Northeast. A report from the Monkfish Committee report will include an update on the development of Framework Adjustment 9 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Apr 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 (FMP), as well as Monkfish Plan Development Team analyses on use of less than 10-inch mesh stand-up gillnets while on a monkfish day-at-sea, and allowing a vessel to switch from a monkfish day to a monkfish research set-aside day while at sea. Just prior to a lunch break the Council will provide an opportunity for the public to provide brief comments on items that are relevant to Council business but otherwise not listed on the published agenda. Following the break, there will be a presentation on a Northeast Fisheries Science Center report titled Performance of the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery, May 2013–April 2014. Following receipt of this information, the Council is expected to approve the Draft Environmental Impact Statement associated with Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery FMP and identify preferred alternatives for the purpose of public review and comment. The amendment measures focus primarily on accumulation limits and the concentration of fishing effort in the inshore Gulf of Maine. 18193 adjourn after the consideration of any outstanding business. 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: March 31, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–07685 Filed 4–2–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Wednesday, April 22, 2015 The second day of the meeting will begin with a NOAA Fisheries presentation regarding possible changes to National Standards 1, 3, and 7 and Council discussion of these issues. The NEFMC’s Scientific and Statistical Committee will review its discussions about the proposals to change the National Standards, as well as NOAA’s Draft Climate Science Strategy. Later in the morning, and as part of the Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Committee’s report, the Council will receive an updated status report on Northeast Continental Shelf Marine Ecosystem, review committee recommendations on a process to develop an EBFM policy, and review committee comments on NOAA’s Draft Climate Science Strategy. The Habitat Committee will report prior to a lunch break. It seeks approval of final management measures to be included in Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. Pending NOAA Fisheries approval, measures could affect all New England Council FMPs. This agenda item will be the subject of discussion for the remainder of the working day. Thursday, April 23, 2015 The Council will continue consideration of the habitat agenda items listed above during this final day of the meeting. The meeting will PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Data Collection and Verification for the Marine Projected Areas Inventory. OMB Control Number: 0648–0449. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (request for revision and extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 67. Average Hours per Response: 30 minutes. Burden Hours: 29. Needs and Uses: This request is for a revision and extension of an approved data collection effort to provide ocean managers, users and other interested parties with accurate, objective and useful information about the location, purpose, management and human uses of marine protected areas in the coastal E:\FR\FM\03APN1.SGM 03APN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 64 (Friday, April 3, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18192-18193]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-07685]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD875


New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting

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

[[Page 18193]]


ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold 
a three-day meeting on April 21-23, 2015 to consider actions affecting 
New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, 
April 23, 2015, starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, and 8 a.m. on 
Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 20 Coogan 
Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355-1900. The telephone number is (860) 572-
0731, and fax is (860) 572-0328. For online information see 
www.hiltonmystic.com.
    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 Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    The Council meeting will begin with introductions and a brief 
closed session during which the NEFMC will approve additional 
Scientific and Statistical Committee appointments for 2015-17. Brief 
reports will follow from the NEFMC Chairman and Executive Director, the 
NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator, the 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, U.S Coast Guard and the 
Northeast Regional Ocean Council.
    NOAA General Counsel will then provide a presentation on the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act provisions on Council member financial disclosure 
and recusal requirements. During the Observer Committee's Report to 
follow the NEFMC will review and likely approve committee 
recommendations for additional industry-funded portside sampling and 
electronic monitoring options in the Atlantic herring fishery. The 
options are intended to be part of an omnibus amendment (vs. a 
framework adjustment) that would address industry-funded monitoring 
across all federally managed fisheries in the Northeast. A report from 
the Monkfish Committee report will include an update on the development 
of Framework Adjustment 9 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan 
(FMP), as well as Monkfish Plan Development Team analyses on use of 
less than 10-inch mesh stand-up gillnets while on a monkfish day-at-
sea, and allowing a vessel to switch from a monkfish day to a monkfish 
research set-aside day while at sea. Just prior to a lunch break the 
Council will provide an opportunity for the public to provide brief 
comments on items that are relevant to Council business but otherwise 
not listed on the published agenda.
    Following the break, there will be a presentation on a Northeast 
Fisheries Science Center report titled Performance of the Northeast 
Multispecies Groundfish Fishery, May 2013-April 2014. Following receipt 
of this information, the Council is expected to approve the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement associated with Amendment 18 to the 
Northeast Multispecies Fishery FMP and identify preferred alternatives 
for the purpose of public review and comment. The amendment measures 
focus primarily on accumulation limits and the concentration of fishing 
effort in the inshore Gulf of Maine.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    The second day of the meeting will begin with a NOAA Fisheries 
presentation regarding possible changes to National Standards 1, 3, and 
7 and Council discussion of these issues. The NEFMC's Scientific and 
Statistical Committee will review its discussions about the proposals 
to change the National Standards, as well as NOAA's Draft Climate 
Science Strategy. Later in the morning, and as part of the Ecosystem 
Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Committee's report, the Council will 
receive an updated status report on Northeast Continental Shelf Marine 
Ecosystem, review committee recommendations on a process to develop an 
EBFM policy, and review committee comments on NOAA's Draft Climate 
Science Strategy. The Habitat Committee will report prior to a lunch 
break. It seeks approval of final management measures to be included in 
Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. Pending NOAA Fisheries 
approval, measures could affect all New England Council FMPs. This 
agenda item will be the subject of discussion for the remainder of the 
working day.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

    The Council will continue consideration of the habitat agenda items 
listed above during this final day of the meeting. The meeting will 
adjourn after the consideration of any outstanding business.
    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: March 31, 2015.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-07685 Filed 4-2-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P