South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meeting, 29631-29634 [2015-12492]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 99 / Friday, May 22, 2015 / Notices 4. Approve Agenda B. Open Comment Period 1. Comments on Non-Agenda Items C. Habitat 1. Current Habitat Issues D. Groundfish Management 1. National Marine Fisheries Service Report 2. Permit Stacking Cost Recovery Report (Final Action) 3. Salmon Endangered Species Act (ESA) Reconsultation Update 4. Non-Salmon ESA Report (Final Action) 5. Specifications Process for 2017–18 Fisheries 6. Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat and Rockfish Conservation Area Update 7. Inseason Adjustments (Final Action) 8. Final Stock Assessments and Catch Reports (Final Action) 9. Blackgill and Slope Rockfish Quota Share Allocation 10. Rebuilding Revision Rules E. Highly Migratory Species Management 1. International Issues Including InterAmerican Tropical Tuna Commission Meeting and North Pacific Albacore Management Strategy Evaluation 2. Final Approval of Resubmitted Exempted Fishing Permit Application (Final Action) 3. Swordfish Management and Monitoring Plan Hardcaps (Final Action) F. Administrative Matters 1. Legislative Matters 2. Fiscal Matters 3. Approval of Council Meeting Minutes 4. Membership Appointments and Council Operating Procedures 5. Future Council Meeting Agenda and Workload Planning G. Coastal Pelagic Species Management 1. National Marine Fisheries Service Report 2. Pacific Mackerel Assessment and Management Measures (Final Action) 3. Anchovy Update 4. Litigation Settlement Discussion H. Ecosystem Management 1. Lenfest Taskforce and Ocean Modeling Forum Update Advisory body agendas will include discussions of relevant issues that are on the Council agenda for this meeting, and may also include issues that may be relevant to future Council meetings. Proposed advisory body agendas for this meeting will be available on the Council Web site (www.pcouncil.org) prior to their meeting date. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Schedule of Ancillary Meetings Day 1—Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Scientific and Statistical Committee Groundfish Subcommittee—8 a.m. Day 2—Thursday, June 11, 2015 Groundfish Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team—8 a.m. Scientific and Statistical Committee—8 a.m. Budget Committee—8:30 a.m. Habitat Committee—8 a.m. Legislative Committee—3 p.m. Day 3—Friday, June 12, 2015 California State Delegation—7 a.m. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 Oregon State Delegation—7 a.m. Washington State Delegation—7 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team—8 a.m. Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Highly Migratory Species Management Team—8 a.m. Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC)—8 a.m. Enforcement Consultants—3 p.m. Chairman’s Reception—6 p.m. Day 4—Saturday, June 13, 2015 California State Delegation—7 a.m. Oregon State Delegation—7 a.m. Washington State Delegation—7 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team—8 a.m. Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Highly Migratory Species Management Team—8 a.m. SSC Groundfish and Economic Subcommittees—8 a.m. Enforcement Consultants—Ad hoc Stock Assessment Question and Answer Session—7 p.m. Day 5—Sunday, June 14, 2015 California State Delegation—7 a.m. Oregon State Delegation—7 a.m. Washington State Delegation—7 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team—8 a.m. Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Highly Migratory Species Management Team—8 a.m. Enforcement Consultants—Ad hoc Day 6—Monday, June 15, 2015 California State Delegation—7 a.m. Oregon State Delegation—7 a.m. Washington State Delegation—7 a.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team—8 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team—8 a.m. Enforcement Consultants—Ad hoc Day 7—Tuesday, June 16, 2015 California State Delegation—7 a.m. Oregon State Delegation—7 a.m. Washington State Delegation—7 a.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel—8 a.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team—8 a.m. Enforcement Consultants—Ad hoc Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council action during these meetings. 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 Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29631 Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Carolyn Porter at (503) 820–2280 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: May 19, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–12506 Filed 5–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD932 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the: Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee; Protected Resources Committee; Shrimp Committee; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee; Golden Crab Committee; Personnel Committee (Closed Session); Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee; Law Enforcement Committee (partially closed); Data Collection Committee; King and Spanish Mackerel Committee; Executive Finance Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will also hold a Council Member Visioning Workshop for the Snapper Grouper Fishery and conduct a joint Council Session with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold a formal public comment session. DATES: The Council meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015 until 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040; phone: (800) 222–8733 or (305) 293–1818; fax: (305) 296–6962. Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 29632 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 99 / Friday, May 22, 2015 / Notices Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405. SEDAR Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Until 5 p.m. Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; phone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769– 4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. 1. The committee will approve Terms of Reference for red grouper, approve the Council’s Annual Research and Monitoring Plan, and receive an update on the Marine Recreational Information Transition Plan. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The items of discussion in the individual meeting agendas are as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Council Member Visioning Workshop: Monday, June 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 12 Noon 1. Council members will receive a recap of the March 2015 Visioning Workshop, an overview of the draft Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint, review public input, promotional materials and strategies, and discuss planning for public input schedules on the Draft Vision Blueprint. 2. Council members will discuss next steps and provide guidance to staff. Habitat Protection and EcosystemBased Management Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 3 p.m. 1. The committee will receive a report from the Habitat Advisory Panel, a status report on the Fishery Ecosystem Plan II Development, a report on the South Atlantic Ecosystem Modeling Workshop, and review analyses associated with the northern extension of the Oculina Bank Coral Habitat Area of Particular Concern as it pertains to the rock shrimp fishery. 2. The committees will develop recommendations and provide guidance to staff. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Protected Resources Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 3 p.m. Until 4 p.m. 1. The committee will receive an update from NOAA Fisheries on protected resource-related issues, a briefing on the Acropora (coral) recovery plan, an overview of the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Biological Opinion, and an overview of the NOAA Fisheries guidance on the Endangered Species Act/MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation Act Integration Agreement. 2. The committee will develop recommendations for the Council. Shrimp Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Until 4:30 p.m. 1. The committee will review the Shrimp and Deepwater Shrimp Advisory Panel report, discuss, and provide guidance to staff. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 Golden Crab Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 5 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 1. The committee will receive an update on the status of commercial catch versus annual catch limit (ACL) for golden crab, the status of Amendment 9 to the Golden Crab Fishery Management Plan (FMP), and a report on available data for golden crab. The committee will discuss and take action as necessary. Personnel Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8 a.m. Until 9 a.m. (Closed Session) 1. The committee will review a staff retirement health insurance proposal and provide recommendations. SSC Selection Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 9 a.m. Until 9:30 a.m. (Closed Session) 1. The committee will review applications for the SSC and provide recommendations for appointments. Law Enforcement Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 9:30 a.m. Until 10:30 a.m. (Partially Closed Session) 1. The committee will review nominations for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (closed session) and receive a report from the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel. 2. The committee will provide recommendations as appropriate. Data Collection Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 10:30 a.m. Until 11 a.m. 1. The committee will receive a presentation on the status of work on bycatch reporting in the Southeast, an overview of the status of the implementation plan for commercial electronic logbook reporting, a presentation on the status of the commercial electronic logbook pilot project, an overview of the Joint South Atlantic and Gulf Council Generic Charterboat Reporting Amendment including the status of the Gulf Council recommendations and next steps, and review the Decision Document for the amendment. 2. The committee will discuss, approve next steps, and provide guidance to staff. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 King and Spanish Mackerel Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 11 a.m. Until 12 Noon 1. The committee will receive a report on the status of commercial catch versus ACLs for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia, the status of amendments currently under Secretarial Review, discuss Framework Amendment 2 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic FMP, and receive a report from the Mackerel Advisory Panel. 2. The committee will review Coastal Migratory Pelagic FMP Amendment 26 addressing modifications to management/stock boundaries, management parameters for king mackerel including changes to ACLs, revisions to commercial quotas and allocations in the Gulf of Mexico, and allowing the sale of king mackerel caught within the shark gillnet fishery. The committee will modify the amendment as necessary, and select preferred management alternatives. 3. The committee will review the Discussion Document for Coastal Migratory Pelagic FMP Amendment 28 addressing options for separating the joint FMP between the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. 4. The committee will provide recommendations and direction to staff as appropriate. Executive Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 3 p.m. 1. The committee will receive an update on the status of the Calendar Year 2015 budget expenditures and review the Council Follow-up and priorities. 2. The committee will review and approve the Calendar Year 2015 budget. 3. The committee will also receive an update on the Joint South Florida Committee Issues and an overview of the Citizen Science Program and review the Statement of Work. 4. The committee will provide recommendations and address other issues as appropriate. Snapper Grouper Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 3 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 5 p.m. 1. The committee will receive updates on the status of catches versus quotas under annual catch limits (ACLs), actions under formal review, Southeast Reef Fish Survey, and presentations on the 2015 red snapper season and Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) ‘‘Rare Event’’ sampling. 2. The committee will receive reports from the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel (AP) and the SSC. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 99 / Friday, May 22, 2015 / Notices 3. The committee will review the following amendments to the Snapper Grouper FMP and provide recommendations as appropriate: (1) Regulatory Amendment 16 addressing modifications to the current seasonal closure for the commercial black sea bass pot fishery. The committee will modify the amendment, choose preferred alternatives as appropriate and approve the amendment for public hearings; (2) Amendment 36 addressing Spawning Special Management Zones (SMZs.). The committee will consider public hearing comments and the draft System Management Plan, modify the document as appropriate, and approve the amendment for a second round of public hearings; (3) Amendment 35 to remove species from the management unit and address measures for the commercial golden tilefish endorsement. The committee will modify the document and codified text as needed and approve for formal review; 4. The committee will review the following amendments, provide guidance to staff and develop recommendations for approving for public scoping: (1) Amendment 38 pertaining to blueline tilefish management measures; (2) Amendment 37 addressing measures for hogfish; (3) Regulatory Amendment 23 addressing measures for golden tilefish; and (4) Regulatory Amendment 24 addressing measures for multiple species in the snapper grouper management complex. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Note: A formal public comment session will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Public comment will be accepted on any items on the Council agenda including items on the joint Council session. The Chairman, based on the number of individuals wishing to comment, will determine the amount of time provided to each commenter. Joint Council Session: South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils, Thursday, June 11, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, welcome and introductions 8:45–10 a.m.: The Councils will receive an overview of the Decision Document for the Joint South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Generic Charterboat Reporting Amendment addressing reporting requirements for federally permitted charterboats in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The Councils will discuss measures and vote on actions as appropriate. 10 a.m.–12 noon: The Councils will review the Joint Draft Options Paper and Decision Document for Amendment 26 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics FMP addressing king mackerel management measures including modifications to stock boundaries, allocations, and sale provisions. The Councils will discuss measures and vote on actions as appropriate. 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: The Councils will review the Decision Document for Amendment 28 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic FMP addressing options for separating management of coastal migratory species (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia) between the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Council’s area of jurisdiction. The species are currently managed jointly through the FMP. The Councils will discuss measures and vote on actions as appropriate. 2:30 p.m.–5 p.m.: The Councils will review the Joint South Florida Amendment including issues, goals and objectives. The amendment includes measures to modify management of yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper and black grouper, seasonal closures, circle hook requirements and other measures designed to minimize conflicting regulations for South Florida. The Councils will review the Decision Document for the amendment and vote on actions as appropriate. 5 p.m.–5:30 p.m.: The Councils will review a Decision Document for management measures addressing hogfish following a recent stock assessment. The Councils will discuss measures and vote on actions as appropriate. The Councils will also address Other Business as appropriate. Council Session: Friday, June 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 3 p.m. 8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, and approve the March 2014 minutes. 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Snapper Grouper Committee and is scheduled to approve Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 for formal Secretarial review. The Council will approve/disapprove Regulatory Amendment 16 for public hearings and Amendment 36 for a second round of public hearings. The Council is scheduled to approve or disapprove the following amendments for public scoping: Snapper Grouper Amendment 37, Amendment 38, Regulatory Amendment 23 and Regulatory Amendment 24. The Council will consider other committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 9:45 a.m.–10 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29633 committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10 a.m.–10:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SSC Selection Committee, appoint members to the SSC and the SSC’s Socio-Economic Panel, consider other committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Council Member Visioning Workshop, consider recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 10:45 a.m.–11 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Protected Resources Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 11 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SEDAR Committee, approve or disapprove the red grouper terms of reference, the Council’s annual Research and Monitoring Plan, consider 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, approve the Calendar Year 2015 budget, take action on the South Florida Management issues as appropriate, consider other 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, consider 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 recommendations and take action as appropriate. 1 p.m.–1:15 p.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Shrimp Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as appropriate. 1:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Law Enforcement Committee, select the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, consider other committee recommendations, and take action as appropriate. 1:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Personnel Committee, approve/disapprove the staff retirement health insurance plan, consider other committee E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 29634 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 99 / Friday, May 22, 2015 / Notices recommendations, and take action as appropriate. 1:45 p.m.–3 p.m.: The Council will receive status reports from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office 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 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: May 19, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–12492 Filed 5–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast Multispecies Amendment 16N National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Written comments must be submitted on or before July 21, 2015. DATES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Aja Szumylo, (978) 281– 9195 or Aja.szumylo@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for revision and extension of a current information collection. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Secretary of Commerce has the responsibility for the conservation and management of marine fishery resources. We, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Regional Fishery Management Councils are delegated the majority of this responsibility. The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) develops management plans for fishery resources in New England. In 2010, we implemented a new suite of regulations for the Northeast (NE) multispecies fishery through Amendment 16 to the Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 16). This action updated status determination criteria for all regulated NE multispecies or ocean pout stocks; adopted rebuilding programs for NE multispecies stocks newly classified as being overfished and subject to overfishing; revised management measures, including significant revisions to the sector management measures, necessary to end overfishing, rebuild overfished regulated NE multispecies and ocean pout stocks, and mitigate the adverse economic impacts of increased effort controls. It also implemented new requirements under Amendment 16 for establishing acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACLs), and accountability measures (AMs) for each stock managed under the FMP, pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Revisions This revision incorporates a number of recent changes related to regulatory actions. Framework Adjustment 48 to the FMP (78 FR 26118; May 3, 2013) proposed to exempt sector vessels targeting monkfish from the additional at-sea monitoring coverage necessary to monitor groundfish catch. This measure was intended to allocate limited at-sea monitoring resources to monitor those trips that catch the most groundfish. To implement this measure, NMFS added a question to both the pre-trip notification and Northeast Fisheries Observer Program notification to allow fishermen to indicate what fishery they intend to participate in. This change allowed NMFS to identify trips that may qualify for this exemption, in order to deploy observers and at-sea monitors appropriately to achieve the coverage levels required by the FMP. Framework 48 also eliminated the dockside monitoring program established under Amendment 16 because NMFS determined dealer reporting combined with dockside intercepts by enforcement personnel are sufficient to ensure reliable landings data. Elimination of the dockside monitoring program was not included in the applicable non-substantive change request and thus this change will be included in the revision/extension. As part of Framework Adjustment 53 to the FMP (80 FR 25110; May 1, 2015), NMFS implemented a requirement that vessels that declare trips into the Gulf of Maine Broad Stock Area and any other broad stock area (i.e., Georges Bank or Southern New England) on the same trip submit a daily catch report via vessel monitoring system (VMS). We determined the daily VMS trip reports were necessary to ensure accurate apportionment of catch and help enforcement efforts. This requirement was approved temporarily through emergency PRA approval. We are proposing to permanently adjust this information collection to include this reporting requirement. II. Method of Collection Respondents must submit either paper forms via postal service, or electronic forms submitted via the internet or a vessels’ vessel monitoring system (VMS). III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0605. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or for-profit organizations. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD932


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meeting

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: Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management 
Committee; Protected Resources Committee; Shrimp Committee; Southeast 
Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee; Golden Crab Committee; 
Personnel Committee (Closed Session); Scientific and Statistical 
Committee (SSC) Selection Committee; Law Enforcement Committee 
(partially closed); Data Collection Committee; King and Spanish 
Mackerel Committee; Executive Finance Committee; Snapper Grouper 
Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will also 
hold a Council Member Visioning Workshop for the Snapper Grouper 
Fishery and conduct a joint Council Session with the Gulf of Mexico 
Fishery Management Council. The Council will take action as necessary. 
The Council will also hold a formal public comment session.

DATES: The Council meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 
8, 2015 until 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.

ADDRESSES: 
    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Doubletree Grand 
Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040; phone: (800) 
222-8733 or (305) 293-1818; fax: (305) 296-6962.
    Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055

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Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information 
Officer, SAFMC; phone: (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, June 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m. 
Until 12 Noon

    1. Council members will receive a recap of the March 2015 Visioning 
Workshop, an overview of the draft Snapper Grouper Vision Blueprint, 
review public input, promotional materials and strategies, and discuss 
planning for public input schedules on the Draft Vision Blueprint.
    2. Council members will discuss next steps and provide guidance to 
staff.

Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee: Monday, 
June 8, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 3 p.m.

    1. The committee will receive a report from the Habitat Advisory 
Panel, a status report on the Fishery Ecosystem Plan II Development, a 
report on the South Atlantic Ecosystem Modeling Workshop, and review 
analyses associated with the northern extension of the Oculina Bank 
Coral Habitat Area of Particular Concern as it pertains to the rock 
shrimp fishery.
    2. The committees will develop recommendations and provide guidance 
to staff.

Protected Resources Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 3 p.m. Until 4 
p.m.

    1. The committee will receive an update from NOAA Fisheries on 
protected resource-related issues, a briefing on the Acropora (coral) 
recovery plan, an overview of the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery 
Biological Opinion, and an overview of the NOAA Fisheries guidance on 
the Endangered Species Act/Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act 
Integration Agreement.
    2. The committee will develop recommendations for the Council.

Shrimp Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Until 4:30 p.m.

    1. The committee will review the Shrimp and Deepwater Shrimp 
Advisory Panel report, discuss, and provide guidance to staff.

SEDAR Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Until 5 p.m.

    1. The committee will approve Terms of Reference for red grouper, 
approve the Council's Annual Research and Monitoring Plan, and receive 
an update on the Marine Recreational Information Transition Plan.

Golden Crab Committee: Monday, June 8, 2015, 5 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m.

    1. The committee will receive an update on the status of commercial 
catch versus annual catch limit (ACL) for golden crab, the status of 
Amendment 9 to the Golden Crab Fishery Management Plan (FMP), and a 
report on available data for golden crab. The committee will discuss 
and take action as necessary.

Personnel Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8 a.m. Until 9 a.m. (Closed 
Session)

    1. The committee will review a staff retirement health insurance 
proposal and provide recommendations.

SSC Selection Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 9 a.m. Until 9:30 a.m. 
(Closed Session)

    1. The committee will review applications for the SSC and provide 
recommendations for appointments.

Law Enforcement Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 9:30 a.m. Until 10:30 
a.m. (Partially Closed Session)

    1. The committee will review nominations for Law Enforcement 
Officer of the Year (closed session) and receive a report from the Law 
Enforcement Advisory Panel.
    2. The committee will provide recommendations as appropriate.

Data Collection Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 10:30 a.m. Until 11 
a.m.

    1. The committee will receive a presentation on the status of work 
on bycatch reporting in the Southeast, an overview of the status of the 
implementation plan for commercial electronic logbook reporting, a 
presentation on the status of the commercial electronic logbook pilot 
project, an overview of the Joint South Atlantic and Gulf Council 
Generic Charterboat Reporting Amendment including the status of the 
Gulf Council recommendations and next steps, and review the Decision 
Document for the amendment.
    2. The committee will discuss, approve next steps, and provide 
guidance to staff.

King and Spanish Mackerel Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 11 a.m. 
Until 12 Noon

    1. The committee will receive a report on the status of commercial 
catch versus ACLs for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia, the 
status of amendments currently under Secretarial Review, discuss 
Framework Amendment 2 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic FMP, and receive 
a report from the Mackerel Advisory Panel.
    2. The committee will review Coastal Migratory Pelagic FMP 
Amendment 26 addressing modifications to management/stock boundaries, 
management parameters for king mackerel including changes to ACLs, 
revisions to commercial quotas and allocations in the Gulf of Mexico, 
and allowing the sale of king mackerel caught within the shark gillnet 
fishery. The committee will modify the amendment as necessary, and 
select preferred management alternatives.
    3. The committee will review the Discussion Document for Coastal 
Migratory Pelagic FMP Amendment 28 addressing options for separating 
the joint FMP between the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Councils.
    4. The committee will provide recommendations and direction to 
staff as appropriate.

Executive Finance Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 3 
p.m.

    1. The committee will receive an update on the status of the 
Calendar Year 2015 budget expenditures and review the Council Follow-up 
and priorities.
    2. The committee will review and approve the Calendar Year 2015 
budget.
    3. The committee will also receive an update on the Joint South 
Florida Committee Issues and an overview of the Citizen Science Program 
and review the Statement of Work.
    4. The committee will provide recommendations and address other 
issues as appropriate.

Snapper Grouper Committee: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 3 p.m. Until 5:30 
p.m. and Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 5 p.m.

    1. The committee will receive updates on the status of catches 
versus quotas under annual catch limits (ACLs), actions under formal 
review, Southeast Reef Fish Survey, and presentations on the 2015 red 
snapper season and Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) 
``Rare Event'' sampling.
    2. The committee will receive reports from the Snapper Grouper 
Advisory Panel (AP) and the SSC.

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    3. The committee will review the following amendments to the 
Snapper Grouper FMP and provide recommendations as appropriate: (1) 
Regulatory Amendment 16 addressing modifications to the current 
seasonal closure for the commercial black sea bass pot fishery. The 
committee will modify the amendment, choose preferred alternatives as 
appropriate and approve the amendment for public hearings; (2) 
Amendment 36 addressing Spawning Special Management Zones (SMZs.). The 
committee will consider public hearing comments and the draft System 
Management Plan, modify the document as appropriate, and approve the 
amendment for a second round of public hearings; (3) Amendment 35 to 
remove species from the management unit and address measures for the 
commercial golden tilefish endorsement. The committee will modify the 
document and codified text as needed and approve for formal review;
    4. The committee will review the following amendments, provide 
guidance to staff and develop recommendations for approving for public 
scoping: (1) Amendment 38 pertaining to blueline tilefish management 
measures; (2) Amendment 37 addressing measures for hogfish; (3) 
Regulatory Amendment 23 addressing measures for golden tilefish; and 
(4) Regulatory Amendment 24 addressing measures for multiple species in 
the snapper grouper management complex.

    Note: A formal public comment session will be held on Wednesday, 
June 10, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Public comment will be accepted 
on any items on the Council agenda including items on the joint 
Council session. The Chairman, based on the number of individuals 
wishing to comment, will determine the amount of time provided to 
each commenter.

Joint Council Session: South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Councils, Thursday, June 11, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 5:30 p.m.

    8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, 
welcome and introductions
    8:45-10 a.m.: The Councils will receive an overview of the Decision 
Document for the Joint South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Generic 
Charterboat Reporting Amendment addressing reporting requirements for 
federally permitted charterboats in the South Atlantic and Gulf of 
Mexico. The Councils will discuss measures and vote on actions as 
appropriate.
    10 a.m.-12 noon: The Councils will review the Joint Draft Options 
Paper and Decision Document for Amendment 26 to the Coastal Migratory 
Pelagics FMP addressing king mackerel management measures including 
modifications to stock boundaries, allocations, and sale provisions. 
The Councils will discuss measures and vote on actions as appropriate.
    1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: The Councils will review the Decision Document 
for Amendment 28 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic FMP addressing 
options for separating management of coastal migratory species (king 
mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia) between the Gulf of Mexico and 
South Atlantic Council's area of jurisdiction. The species are 
currently managed jointly through the FMP. The Councils will discuss 
measures and vote on actions as appropriate.
    2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: The Councils will review the Joint South Florida 
Amendment including issues, goals and objectives. The amendment 
includes measures to modify management of yellowtail snapper, mutton 
snapper and black grouper, seasonal closures, circle hook requirements 
and other measures designed to minimize conflicting regulations for 
South Florida. The Councils will review the Decision Document for the 
amendment and vote on actions as appropriate.
    5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: The Councils will review a Decision Document for 
management measures addressing hogfish following a recent stock 
assessment. The Councils will discuss measures and vote on actions as 
appropriate. The Councils will also address Other Business as 
appropriate.

Council Session: Friday, June 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 3 p.m.

    8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, adopt the agenda, 
and approve the March 2014 minutes.
    8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Snapper Grouper Committee and is scheduled to approve Snapper Grouper 
Amendment 35 for formal Secretarial review. The Council will approve/
disapprove Regulatory Amendment 16 for public hearings and Amendment 36 
for a second round of public hearings. The Council is scheduled to 
approve or disapprove the following amendments for public scoping: 
Snapper Grouper Amendment 37, Amendment 38, Regulatory Amendment 23 and 
Regulatory Amendment 24. The Council will consider other committee 
recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    9:45 a.m.-10 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the King 
and Spanish Mackerel Committee, consider committee recommendations and 
take action as appropriate.
    10 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the SSC 
Selection Committee, appoint members to the SSC and the SSC's Socio-
Economic Panel, consider other committee recommendations and take 
action as appropriate.
    10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Council Member Visioning Workshop, consider recommendations and take 
action as appropriate.
    10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, consider 
committee recommendations and take action as appropriate.
    10:45 a.m.-11 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Protected Resources Committee, consider committee recommendations and 
take action as appropriate.
    11 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
SEDAR Committee, approve or disapprove the red grouper terms of 
reference, the Council's annual Research and Monitoring Plan, consider 
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, approve the Calendar Year 2015 budget, take action on the 
South Florida Management issues as appropriate, consider other 
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, consider 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 recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Shrimp 
Committee, consider committee recommendations and take action as 
appropriate.
    1:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Council will receive a report from the Law 
Enforcement Committee, select the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 
consider other committee recommendations, and take action as 
appropriate.
    1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: The Council will receive a report from the 
Personnel Committee, approve/disapprove the staff retirement health 
insurance plan, consider other committee

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recommendations, and take action as appropriate.
    1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.: The Council will receive status reports from NOAA 
Fisheries Southeast Regional Office 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 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: May 19, 2015.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-12492 Filed 5-21-15; 8:45 am]
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