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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 214 / Thursday, November 5, 2015 / Notices jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES intend to do so, in order to ensure the timely and accurate data collection NMFS needs to meet this year’s research objectives. An applicant who has been charged criminally or civilly (e.g., issued a Notice of Violation and Assessment (NOVA) or Notice of Permit Sanction) for any HMS-related violation will not be considered for participation in the shark research fishery. In addition, applicants who were selected to carry an observer in the previous 2 years for any HMS fishery, but failed to contact NMFS to arrange the placement of an observer as required per 50 CFR 635.7, will not be considered for participation in the 2016 shark research fishery. Applicants who were selected to carry an observer in the previous 2 years for any HMS fishery and failed to comply with all the observer regulations per 50 CFR 635.7 will also not be considered. Exceptions will be made for vessels that were selected for HMS observer coverage but did not fish in the quarter when selected and thus did not require an observer. Applicants who do not possess a valid USCG safety inspection decal when the application is submitted will not be considered. Applicants who have been noncompliant with any of the HMS observer program regulations in the previous 2 years, as described above, may be eligible for future participation in shark research fishery activities by demonstrating 2 subsequent years of compliance with observer regulations at 50 CFR 635.7. Selection Process The HMS Management Division will review all submitted applications and develop a list of qualified applicants from those applications that are deemed complete. A qualified applicant is an applicant that has submitted a complete application by the deadline (see DATES) and has met the selection criteria listed above. Qualified applicants are eligible to be selected to participate in the shark research fishery for 2016. The HMS Management Division will provide the list of qualified applicants without identifying information to the SEFSC. The SEFSC will then evaluate the list of qualified applicants and, based on the temporal and spatial needs of the research objectives, the availability of observers, the availability of qualified applicants, and the available quota for a given year, will randomly select qualified applicants to conduct the prescribed research. Where there are multiple qualified applicants that meet the criteria, permittees will be randomly selected through a lottery system. If a public meeting is deemed necessary, NMFS will announce details of a public VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Nov 04, 2015 Jkt 238001 selection meeting in a subsequent Federal Register notice. Once the selection process is complete, NMFS will notify the selected applicants and issue the shark research fishery permits. The shark research fishery permits will be valid only in calendar year 2016. If needed, NMFS will communicate with the shark research fishery permit holders to arrange a captain’s meeting to discuss the research objectives and protocols. NMFS held mandatory captain’s meetings before observers were placed on vessels in 2013 (78 FR 14515; March 6, 2013), 2014 (79 FR 12155; March 4, 2014), and 2015 (80 FR 3221; January 22, 2015) and expects to hold one again in 2016. Once the fishery starts, the shark research fishery permit holders must contact the NMFS observer coordinator to arrange the placement of a NMFS-approved observer for each shark research trip. A shark research fishery permit will only be valid for the vessel and owner(s) and terms and conditions listed on the permit, and, thus, cannot be transferred to another vessel or owner(s). Shark research fishery permit holders must carry a NMFS-approved observer in order to land sandbar sharks. Issuance of a shark research permit does not guarantee that the permit holder will be assigned a NMFS-approved observer on any particular trip. Rather, issuance indicates that a vessel may be issued a NMFS-approved observer for a particular trip, and on such trips, may be allowed to harvest Atlantic sharks, including sandbar sharks, in excess of the retention limits described in 50 CFR 635.24(a). These retention limits will be based on available quota, number of vessels participating in the 2016 shark research fishery, the research objectives set forth by the shark board, the extent of other restrictions placed on the vessel, and may vary by vessel and/or location. When not operating under the auspices of the shark research fishery, the vessel would still be able to land LCS, SCS, and pelagic sharks subject to existing retention limits on trips without a NMFS-approved observer. NMFS annually invites commercial shark permit holders (directed and incidental) to submit an application to participate in the shark research fishery. Permit applications can be found on the HMS Management Division’s Web site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ index.htm or by calling (301) 427–8503. Final decisions on the issuance of a shark research fishery permit will depend on the submission of all required information by the deadline (see DATES), and NMFS’ review of applicant information as outlined above. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68515 The 2016 shark research fishery will start after the opening of the shark fishery and under available quotas as published in a separate Federal Register final rule. Dated: November 2, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–28257 Filed 11–4–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE299 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations. AGENCY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (11) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS AP. DATES: Nominations must be received on or before December 7, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods: • Email: HMSAP.Nominations@ noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: ‘‘HMS AP Nominations.’’ • Mail: Margo Schulze-Haugen, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell at (301) 427–8503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 68516 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 214 / Thursday, November 5, 2015 / Notices Introduction The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104–297, provided that the Secretary may establish Advisory Panels to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery Management Plan (FMP) or FMP amendment for any highly migratory species fishery that is under the Secretary’s authority. NMFS has consulted with the HMS AP on: Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999); the HMS FMP (April 1999); Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003); the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (October 2006); Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (April and October 2008, February and September 2009, May and September 2010, April and September 2011, March and September 2012, January and September 2013, April and September 2014, and March and September 2015); among other relevant fishery management issues. Procedures and Guidelines A. Nomination Procedures for Appointments to the Advisory Panel Nomination packages should include: 1. The name of the nominee and a description of his/her interest in HMS or HMS fisheries, or in particular species of sharks, swordfish, tunas, or billfish; 2. Contact information, including mailing address, phone, and email of the nominee; 3. A statement of background and/or qualifications; 4. A written commitment that the nominee shall actively participate in good faith, and consistent with ethics obligations, in the meetings and tasks of the HMS AP; and 5. A list of outreach resources that the nominee has at his/her disposal to communicate HMS issues to various interest groups. Qualifications for HMS AP Membership Qualification for membership includes one or more of the following: (1) Experience in HMS recreational fisheries; (2) experience in HMS commercial fisheries; (3) experience in fishery-related industries (e.g., marinas, bait and tackle shops); (4) experience in the scientific community working with HMS; and/or (5) representation of a private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international organization representing marine fisheries, or environmental, governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS. Tenure for the HMS AP Member tenure will be for 3 years (36 months), with approximately one-third of the members’ terms expiring on December 31 of each year. Nominations are sought for terms beginning January 2016 and expiring December 2018. B. Participants Nominations for the HMS AP will be accepted to allow representation from commercial and recreational fishing interests, academic/scientific interests, and the environmental/nongovernmental organization community, who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS fisheries. Current representation on the HMS AP, as shown in Table 1, consists of 12 members representing commercial interests, 12 members representing recreational interests, 4 members representing environmental interests, 4 academic representatives, and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Advisory Committee Chairperson. Each HMS AP member serves a 3-year term with approximately one-third of the total number of seats (33) expiring on December 31 of each year. NMFS seeks to fill 3 academic, 3 commercial, 4 recreational organization, and 1 environmental organization vacancies by December 31, 2015. NMFS will seek to fill vacancies based primarily on maintaining the current representation from each of the sectors. NMFS also considers species expertise and representation from the fishing regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean) to ensure the diversity and balance of the AP. Table 1 includes the current representation on the HMS AP by sector, region, and species with terms that are expiring identified in bold. It is not meant to indicate that NMFS will only consider persons who have expertise in the species or fishing regions that are listed. Rather, NMFS will aim toward having as diverse and balanced an AP as possible. TABLE 1—CURRENT REPRESENTATION ON THE HMS AP BY SECTOR, REGION, AND SPECIES [Terms that are expiring or for whom current members are stepping down are in bold. NMFS tries to maintain diversity and balance in representation among fishing regions and species.] Date appointed jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Sector Fishing region Species Academic ........................................ Academic ........................................ Academic ........................................ Academic ........................................ Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Commercial ..................................... Environmental ................................. Environmental ................................. Environmental ................................. Environmental ................................. Recreational .................................... All ................................................... Southeast/Gulf of Mexico ............... Southeast ....................................... All ................................................... Southeast ....................................... Southeast ....................................... Northeast ........................................ Mid-Atlantic .................................... Southeast ....................................... Gulf of Mexico ................................ Gulf of Mexico ................................ MidAtlantic ...................................... Northeast ........................................ Gulf of Mexico ................................ Northeast ........................................ Northeast ........................................ All ................................................... All ................................................... All ................................................... All ................................................... Northeast ........................................ Tuna ............................................... Shark .............................................. Swordfish/HMS .............................. Swordfish/Tuna .............................. Shark .............................................. Swordfish/Tuna .............................. Tuna ............................................... HMS/Shark ..................................... Swordfish ....................................... Shark .............................................. Shark .............................................. HMS ............................................... Tuna/Swordfish .............................. Tuna/Swordfish .............................. Tuna ............................................... Tuna ............................................... Tuna ............................................... Tuna ............................................... Shark .............................................. HMS ............................................... Tuna/Shark ..................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Nov 04, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 1/1/2013 1/1/2013 1/1/2013 1/1/2015 1/1/2013 1/1/2013 1/1/2014 1/1/2014 1/1/2014 1/1/2014 1/1/2014 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2014 1/1/2014 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2013 Date term expires 12/31/2015 12/31/2015 12/31/2015 12/31/2017 12/31/2015 12/31/2015 12/31/2016 12/31/2016 12/31/2016 12/31/2016 12/31/2016 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2016 12/31/2016 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2015 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 214 / Thursday, November 5, 2015 / Notices 68517 TABLE 1—CURRENT REPRESENTATION ON THE HMS AP BY SECTOR, REGION, AND SPECIES—Continued [Terms that are expiring or for whom current members are stepping down are in bold. NMFS tries to maintain diversity and balance in representation among fishing regions and species.] Sector Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational Recreational .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... Species Southeast ....................................... Northeast ........................................ Southeast ....................................... Northeast ........................................ Northeast ........................................ Mid-Atlantic .................................... Southeast ....................................... Gulf of Mexico ................................ Gulf of Mexico/Southeast ............... Mid-Atlantic .................................... Mid-Atlantic .................................... Swordfish ....................................... HMS ............................................... HMS ............................................... HMS ............................................... Tuna ............................................... HMS ............................................... Billfish ............................................. HMS ............................................... Billfish ............................................. Shark .............................................. Tuna ............................................... The intent is to have a group that, as a whole, reflects an appropriate and equitable balance and mix of interests given the responsibilities of the HMS AP. Five additional members on the HMS AP include one member representing each of the following Councils: New England Fishery Management Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. The HMS AP also includes 22 ex-officio participants: 20 representatives of the coastal states and two representatives of the interstate commissions (the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission). NMFS will provide the necessary administrative support, including technical assistance, for the HMS AP. However, NMFS will not compensate participants with monetary support of any kind. Depending on availability of funds, members may be reimbursed for travel costs related to the HMS AP meetings. C. Meeting Schedule jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Meetings of the HMS AP will be held as frequently as necessary but are routinely held twice each year—once in the spring, and once in the fall. The meetings may be held in conjunction with public hearings. Dated: November 2, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–28263 Filed 11–4–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Nov 04, 2015 Date appointed Fishing region Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DoD–2015–OS–0122] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Office of the Secretary of Defense, DoD. ACTION: Notice to alter a System of Records. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE299


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel

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

ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations.

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SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory 
Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the 
comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing 
Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, 
swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill 
approximately one-third (11) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year 
appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational 
and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, 
academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for 
membership on the HMS AP.

DATES: Nominations must be received on or before December 7, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory 
Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of 
the following methods:
     Email: HMSAP.Nominations@noaa.gov. Include in the subject 
line the following identifier: ``HMS AP Nominations.''
     Mail: Margo Schulze-Haugen, Highly Migratory Species 
Management Division, NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 
MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell at (301) 427-8503.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Introduction

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
(Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the 
Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104-297, provided that the 
Secretary may establish Advisory Panels to assist in the collection and 
evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP) or FMP amendment for any highly migratory species 
fishery that is under the Secretary's authority. NMFS has consulted 
with the HMS AP on: Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999); the 
HMS FMP (April 1999); Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003); the 
2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (October 2006); Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 
5b, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (April and 
October 2008, February and September 2009, May and September 2010, 
April and September 2011, March and September 2012, January and 
September 2013, April and September 2014, and March and September 
2015); among other relevant fishery management issues.

Procedures and Guidelines

A. Nomination Procedures for Appointments to the Advisory Panel

    Nomination packages should include:
    1. The name of the nominee and a description of his/her interest in 
HMS or HMS fisheries, or in particular species of sharks, swordfish, 
tunas, or billfish;
    2. Contact information, including mailing address, phone, and email 
of the nominee;
    3. A statement of background and/or qualifications;
    4. A written commitment that the nominee shall actively participate 
in good faith, and consistent with ethics obligations, in the meetings 
and tasks of the HMS AP; and
    5. A list of outreach resources that the nominee has at his/her 
disposal to communicate HMS issues to various interest groups.

Qualifications for HMS AP Membership

    Qualification for membership includes one or more of the following: 
(1) Experience in HMS recreational fisheries; (2) experience in HMS 
commercial fisheries; (3) experience in fishery-related industries 
(e.g., marinas, bait and tackle shops); (4) experience in the 
scientific community working with HMS; and/or (5) representation of a 
private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international 
organization representing marine fisheries, or environmental, 
governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS.
Tenure for the HMS AP
    Member tenure will be for 3 years (36 months), with approximately 
one-third of the members' terms expiring on December 31 of each year. 
Nominations are sought for terms beginning January 2016 and expiring 
December 2018.

B. Participants

    Nominations for the HMS AP will be accepted to allow representation 
from commercial and recreational fishing interests, academic/scientific 
interests, and the environmental/non-governmental organization 
community, who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS 
fisheries. Current representation on the HMS AP, as shown in Table 1, 
consists of 12 members representing commercial interests, 12 members 
representing recreational interests, 4 members representing 
environmental interests, 4 academic representatives, and the 
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) 
Advisory Committee Chairperson. Each HMS AP member serves a 3-year term 
with approximately one-third of the total number of seats (33) expiring 
on December 31 of each year. NMFS seeks to fill 3 academic, 3 
commercial, 4 recreational organization, and 1 environmental 
organization vacancies by December 31, 2015. NMFS will seek to fill 
vacancies based primarily on maintaining the current representation 
from each of the sectors. NMFS also considers species expertise and 
representation from the fishing regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South 
Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean) to ensure the diversity and 
balance of the AP. Table 1 includes the current representation on the 
HMS AP by sector, region, and species with terms that are expiring 
identified in bold. It is not meant to indicate that NMFS will only 
consider persons who have expertise in the species or fishing regions 
that are listed. Rather, NMFS will aim toward having as diverse and 
balanced an AP as possible.

                  Table 1--Current Representation on the HMS AP by Sector, Region, and Species
   [Terms that are expiring or for whom current members are stepping down are in bold. NMFS tries to maintain
                   diversity and balance in representation among fishing regions and species.]
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              Sector                    Fishing region            Species         Date appointed      expires
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Academic..........................  All..................  Tuna.................        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
Academic..........................  Southeast/Gulf of      Shark................        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
                                     Mexico.
Academic..........................  Southeast............  Swordfish/HMS........        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
Academic..........................  All..................  Swordfish/Tuna.......        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Commercial........................  Southeast............  Shark................        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
Commercial........................  Southeast............  Swordfish/Tuna.......        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
Commercial........................  Northeast............  Tuna.................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Commercial........................  Mid-Atlantic.........  HMS/Shark............        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Commercial........................  Southeast............  Swordfish............        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Commercial........................  Gulf of Mexico.......  Shark................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Commercial........................  Gulf of Mexico.......  Shark................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Commercial........................  MidAtlantic..........  HMS..................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Commercial........................  Northeast............  Tuna/Swordfish.......        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Commercial........................  Gulf of Mexico.......  Tuna/Swordfish.......        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Commercial........................  Northeast............  Tuna.................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Commercial........................  Northeast............  Tuna.................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Environmental.....................  All..................  Tuna.................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Environmental.....................  All..................  Tuna.................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Environmental.....................  All..................  Shark................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Environmental.....................  All..................  HMS..................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Recreational......................  Northeast............  Tuna/Shark...........        1/1/2013      12/31/2015

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Recreational......................  Southeast............  Swordfish............        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
Recreational......................  Northeast............  HMS..................        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
Recreational......................  Southeast............  HMS..................        1/1/2013      12/31/2015
Recreational......................  Northeast............  HMS..................        1/1/2013      12/31/2016
Recreational......................  Northeast............  Tuna.................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Recreational......................  Mid-Atlantic.........  HMS..................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Recreational......................  Southeast............  Billfish.............        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Recreational......................  Gulf of Mexico.......  HMS..................        1/1/2014      12/31/2016
Recreational......................  Gulf of Mexico/        Billfish.............        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
                                     Southeast.
Recreational......................  Mid-Atlantic.........  Shark................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
Recreational......................  Mid-Atlantic.........  Tuna.................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017
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    The intent is to have a group that, as a whole, reflects an 
appropriate and equitable balance and mix of interests given the 
responsibilities of the HMS AP.
    Five additional members on the HMS AP include one member 
representing each of the following Councils: New England Fishery 
Management Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the 
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council, and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. The 
HMS AP also includes 22 ex-officio participants: 20 representatives of 
the coastal states and two representatives of the interstate 
commissions (the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the 
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission).
    NMFS will provide the necessary administrative support, including 
technical assistance, for the HMS AP. However, NMFS will not compensate 
participants with monetary support of any kind. Depending on 
availability of funds, members may be reimbursed for travel costs 
related to the HMS AP meetings.

C. Meeting Schedule

    Meetings of the HMS AP will be held as frequently as necessary but 
are routinely held twice each year--once in the spring, and once in the 
fall. The meetings may be held in conjunction with public hearings.

    Dated: November 2, 2015.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-28263 Filed 11-4-15; 8:45 am]
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