New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 60345-60347 [2016-21019]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 170 / Thursday, September 1, 2016 / Notices from the Commission’s information requirements. Consult the Department’s regulations for information regarding the Department’s conduct of Sunset Reviews. Consult the Department’s regulations at 19 CFR part 351 for definitions of terms and for other general information concerning antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings at the Department. This notice of initiation is being published in accordance with section 751(c) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(c). Dated: August 25, 2016. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2016–21209 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Application No. 14–3A004] Export Trade Certificate of Review Notice of Issuance of an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review to DFA of California (‘‘DFA’’), Application No. 14–3A004. ACTION: The Secretary of Commerce, through the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (‘‘OTEA’’), issued an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review to DFA of California (‘‘DFA’’) on August 8, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph E. Flynn, Director, Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, International Trade Administration, by telephone at (202) 482–5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at etca@ trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. Sections 4001–21) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. An Export Trade Certificate of Review protects the holder and the members identified in the Certificate from State and Federal government antitrust actions and from private treble damage antitrust actions for the export conduct specified in the Certificate and carried out in compliance with its terms and conditions. The regulations implementing Title III are found at 15 CFR part 325 (2016). OTEA is issuing this notice pursuant to 15 CFR 325.6(b), which requires the Secretary of Commerce to publish a summary of the certification in the Federal Register. Under Section 305(a) of the Act and 15 CFR 325.11(a), any asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Aug 31, 2016 Jkt 238001 person aggrieved by the Secretary’s determination may, within 30 days of the date of this notice, bring an action in any appropriate district court of the United States to set aside the determination on the ground that the determination is erroneous. Description of Amended Certificate DFA’s Export Trade Certificate of Review has been amended to make the following changes to the list of Members covered by the Certificate: Proposed Amendment: 1. Change the name of existing Member Diamond Foods, Inc. to Diamond Foods, LLC. The Members covered by the amended Export Trade Certificate of Review are listed below: 1. Alpine Pacific Nut Company, Hughson, CA 2. Andersen & Sons Shelling, Vina, CA 3. Avanti Nut Company, Inc., Stockton, CA 4. Berberian Nut Company, LLC, Chico, CA 5. Carriere Family Farms, Inc., Glenn, CA 6. California Almond Packers and Exporters (CAPEX), Corning CA 7. California Walnut Company, Inc., Los Molinos, CA 8. Chico Nut Company, Chico, CA 9. Continente Nut LLC, Oakley, CA 10. C. R. Crain & Sons, Inc., Los Molinos, CA 11. Crain Walnut Shelling, Inc., Los Molinos, CA 12. Crisp California Walnuts, Stratford, CA 13. Diamond Foods, LLC, Stockton, CA 14. Empire Nut Company, Colusa, CA 15. Fig Garden Packing, Inc., Fresno, CA 16. Gold River Orchards, Inc., Escalon, CA 17. Grower Direct Nut Company, Hughson, CA 18. GSF Nut Company, Orosi, CA 19. Guerra Nut Shelling Company, Hollister, CA 20. Hill View Packing Company Inc., Gustine, CA 21. Mariani Nut Company, Winters, CA 22. Mariani Packing Company, Inc., Vacaville, CA 23. Mid Valley Nut Company Inc., Hughson, CA 24. Morada Nut Company, LP, Stockton, CA 25. National Raisin Company, Fowler, CA 26. O–G Nut Company, Stockton, CA 27. Omega Walnut, Inc., Orland, CA 28. Pearl Crop, Inc., Stockton, CA 29. Poindexter Nut Company, Selma, CA 30. Prima Noce Packing, Linden, CA 31. RPC Packing Inc., Porterville, CA 32. Sacramento Packing, Inc., Yuba City, CA 33. Sacramento Valley Walnut Growers, Inc., Yuba City, CA 34. San Joaquin Figs, Inc., Fresno, CA 35. Shoei Foods USA, Inc., Olivehurst, CA 36. Stapleton-Spence Packing, Gridley, CA 37. Sun-Maid Growers of California, Kingsburg, CA 38. Sunsweet Growers Inc., Yuba City, CA 39. Taylor Brothers Farms, Inc., Yuba City, CA 40. T.M. Duche Nut Company, Inc., Orland, CA 41. Wilbur Packing Company, Inc., Live Oak, CA PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60345 42. Valley Fig Growers, Fresno, CA No change has been made regarding the Export Trade, Export Trade Activities or Methods of Operation covered by the Certificate. The amended Certificate of Review is effective from May 9, 2016, the date on which the application for an amendment was deemed submitted. Dated: August 26, 2016. Emily Kilcrease, Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, International Trade Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–21072 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE849 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of public meeting. The New England Fishery Management Council (Council, NEFMC) will hold a three-day meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 20, 21, and 22, 2016. It will start at 9 a.m. on September 20; 8:30 a.m. on September 21; and at 8:30 a.m. on September 22, 2016. DATES: The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923; telephone: (978) 777–2500; online at http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ massachusetts/doubletree-by-hiltonhotel-boston-north-shore-BOSNSDT/ index.html. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465–0492; www.nefmc.org. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492, ext. 113. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 60346 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 170 / Thursday, September 1, 2016 / Notices Agenda Committee (SSC) will report next with ABC recommendations for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder, monkfish, and deep-sea red crab. Following the SSC report, the Council will hear from U.S. representatives to the Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) and potentially approve TMGC recommendations for 2017 total allowable catches (TACs) for U.S./ Canada shared stocks on Georges Bank. Next, the Council will go into its Groundfish Committee report, where it is scheduled to approve a range of alternatives for Framework Adjustment 56, including: (1) 2017 U.S./Canada specifications; (2) 2017–19 witch flounder specifications; and (3) commercial and recreational management measures for groundfish. More specifically, the management measures under consideration include: (a) Establishment of a sub-annual catch limit (sub-ACL) for northern windowpane flounder for the scallop fishery; (b) a potential increase to the sub-ACL for Georges Bank haddock for the Atlantic herring midwater trawl fishery; (c) revisions to the process for determining recreational management measures; and (d) potential modifications to Atlantic halibut measures. Finally, the Council will receive a briefing on the PDT’s Groundfish Monitoring White Paper. The Council will take a lunch break and, if necessary, conclude any unfinished groundfish business immediately following lunch. Then it will receive a report from its Monkfish Committee, which will include an update on fishing year 2017–19 specifications and potentially lead to the initiation of a framework adjustment if the Council determines that additional management measures are warranted. Closing out the day, the Council will receive an Atlantic deepsea red crab report and take final action on 2017–19 specifications for the fishery. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Tuesday, September 20, 2016 After introductions and brief announcements, the meeting will begin with the swearing-in of new and reappointed Council members, followed by the annual election of officers. Next, the Council will receive reports from its Chairman and Executive Director, NMFS’s Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Office (GARFO), liaisons from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council, representatives from NOAA General Counsel and the Office of Law Enforcement, and staff from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the U.S Coast Guard. Following these reports, the Council will receive a presentation from the NMFS Highly Migratory Species (HMS) staff on Draft Amendment 10 to the Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which addresses habitat revisions. After a lunch break, members of the public will be able to speak during an open comment period on issues that relate to Council business but are not included on the published agenda for this meeting. Next, the Whiting Plan Development Team (PDT) will present the 2015 Annual Monitoring Report for the small-mesh multispecies fishery, which includes red, silver, and offshore hakes. Based on the contents of this report, the Council may, if necessary, initiate a framework adjustment to modify accountability measures (AMs) in the fishery. The Council then will receive an update from its Atlantic Herring Committee about two actions that are under development: (1) Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP, which is considering acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rules for the fishery under a management strategy evaluation (MSE) process and measures to address localized depletion; and (2) Framework Adjustment 5 to potentially modify haddock bycatch AMs in the herring midwater trawl fishery. The Council will close out the day with a report from the GARFO staff about its electronic monitoring (EM) pilot project on Atlantic herring and mackerel midwater trawl vessels to test the utility of EM for future programs. Wednesday, September 21, 2016 The second day of the meeting will begin with a report from the Transboundary Resource Assessment Committee (TRAC) with results from the 2016 stock assessments for Eastern Georges Bank cod, Eastern Georges Bank haddock, and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. The Scientific and Statistical VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Aug 31, 2016 Jkt 238001 Thursday, September 22, 2016 The final meeting day will begin with a preliminary discussion of 2017 Council priorities. Here, the Council will review and discuss a draft list of possible actions and tasks for further development in 2017 covering all committees. The Council will not take final action on priorities until its November meeting. Next, the Council will receive an update from its Habitat Committee on the development of two actions: (1) The Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment; and (2) a Clam Dredge Framework Adjustment. The Council will hear about ongoing analyses for both actions and provide PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recommendations for further work. It also will review and possibly approve minor adjustments to the range of alternatives in the coral amendment. The Scallop Committee will report next with an update on Framework Adjustment 28 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP. The framework includes: (1) Specifications for fishing year 2017 with default measures for 2018; (2) a measure to potentially restrict the possession of shell stock inshore of the days-at-sea demarcation line north of 42°20′ N.; (3) modifications to the process for setting scallop fishery annual catch limits; and (4) modifications to the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area boundary to be consistent with potential changes to habitat and groundfish mortality closed areas. More specifically, the 2017 specifications and 2018 default measures include: (a) Setting ABCs, ACLs, days-at-sea, and access-area allocations for both limited access (LA) and limited access general category (LAGC) vessels; (b) determining the hard TAC for the Northern Gulf of Maine Management Area; (c) setting the target TAC for the LAGC incidental catch; and (d) specifying set-aside amounts for the scallop observer and research set-aside programs. Following a lunch break, the Scallop Committee discussion may resume to conclude any unfinished business before the Council begins its EcosystemBased Fishery Management (EBFM) session. Here, the Council will receive a draft report from the EBFM PDT on a Georges Bank operating model to support the development of an example Fishery Ecosystem Plan and Management Strategy Evaluation. The Council will provide further guidance to the PDT and the EBFM Committee for additional work. Next, the Council will develop comments for NMFS on its EBFM road map. Finally, the meeting will conclude with a discussion of items under ‘‘other business.’’ 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 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 E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 170 / Thursday, September 1, 2016 / Notices 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: August 26, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. Jan Saunders, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: August 29, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–21074 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P [FR Doc. 2016–21019 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request RIN 0648–XE850 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will hold a public meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held Friday, September 16, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar: http:// mafmc.adobeconnect.com/spinydogmc2016/. Call-in information is provided upon logging onto the webinar. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D. Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 526–5255. The Council’s Web site, www.mafmc.org will also have details on the proposed agenda and briefing materials. SUMMARY: The MAFMC’s Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will hold a public meeting to review 2017 specifications and management measures and make any appropriate recommendations. Spiny dogfish is in multi-year specifications for 2016–18 but the specifications are reviewed annually. Public comment will be taken. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Aug 31, 2016 Jkt 238001 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: Alaska Saltwater Sport Fishing Economic Survey. OMB Control Number: 0648–0639. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (reinstatement without change). Number of Respondents: 2,902. Average Hours per Response: Survey, 30 minutes; follow-up telephone interview, 6 minutes. Burden Hours: 1,374. Needs and Uses: This request is for a reinstatement, with changes, without change, of a previously approved information collection. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) previously collected survey data in 2007 and 2012 for conducting economic analyses of marine sport fishing in Alaska. These surveys were necessary to understand the factors that affect the economic value of marine recreational fishing trips and improve estimates of fishing trip values that can aid fishery managers evaluate management options pertaining to sport fisheries. The proposed survey is an update of the previously conducted surveys and is needed to improve estimates of fishing trip values potentially affected by recent changes in federal recreational fisheries off Alaska, most notably the Halibut Catch Sharing Plan (76 FR 44156) which went into effect in 2014 for the Pacific halibut fishery. Several questions in the survey have been updated to better reflect these recent fishery management changes. The Federal Government is responsible for the management of the Pacific halibut sport fishery off Alaska, while the State of Alaska manages the PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60347 salmon sport fisheries (Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, and pink), as well as several other saltwater sport fisheries. The updated survey’s scope covers marine sport fishing for Pacific halibut, salmon, and other popular marine sport species in Alaska (e.g., lingcod and rockfish). The data collected from the survey will be used to update estimates of the demand for and value of marine fishing to anglers and to analyze how the type of fish caught, fishery regulations, and other factors affect fishing values and anglers’ decisions to participate in Alaska marine fishing activities. The economic information provided from the survey will help inform fishery managers about the economic values of Alaska marine sport fisheries and the changes to participation in these fisheries with proposed regulations. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Frequency: One time. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Dated: August 29, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–21050 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE796 Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Mediterranean Monk Seal National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year review; request for information. AGENCY: We, NMFS, announce a 5-year review of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), to ensure that the listing classification of the species is accurate. The 5-year review will be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE849


New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 
September 20, 21, and 22, 2016. It will start at 9 a.m. on September 
20; 8:30 a.m. on September 21; and at 8:30 a.m. on September 22, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 
50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923; telephone: (978) 777-2500; online 
at http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/massachusetts/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-boston-north-shore-BOSNSDT/index.html.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water 
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465-0492; 
www.nefmc.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492, ext. 
113.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Agenda

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    After introductions and brief announcements, the meeting will begin 
with the swearing-in of new and reappointed Council members, followed 
by the annual election of officers. Next, the Council will receive 
reports from its Chairman and Executive Director, NMFS's Regional 
Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Office (GARFO), 
liaisons from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic 
Fishery Management Council, representatives from NOAA General Counsel 
and the Office of Law Enforcement, and staff from the Atlantic States 
Marine Fisheries Commission and the U.S Coast Guard. Following these 
reports, the Council will receive a presentation from the NMFS Highly 
Migratory Species (HMS) staff on Draft Amendment 10 to the Consolidated 
HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which addresses habitat revisions.
    After a lunch break, members of the public will be able to speak 
during an open comment period on issues that relate to Council business 
but are not included on the published agenda for this meeting. Next, 
the Whiting Plan Development Team (PDT) will present the 2015 Annual 
Monitoring Report for the small-mesh multispecies fishery, which 
includes red, silver, and offshore hakes. Based on the contents of this 
report, the Council may, if necessary, initiate a framework adjustment 
to modify accountability measures (AMs) in the fishery. The Council 
then will receive an update from its Atlantic Herring Committee about 
two actions that are under development: (1) Amendment 8 to the Atlantic 
Herring FMP, which is considering acceptable biological catch (ABC) 
control rules for the fishery under a management strategy evaluation 
(MSE) process and measures to address localized depletion; and (2) 
Framework Adjustment 5 to potentially modify haddock bycatch AMs in the 
herring midwater trawl fishery. The Council will close out the day with 
a report from the GARFO staff about its electronic monitoring (EM) 
pilot project on Atlantic herring and mackerel midwater trawl vessels 
to test the utility of EM for future programs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    The second day of the meeting will begin with a report from the 
Transboundary Resource Assessment Committee (TRAC) with results from 
the 2016 stock assessments for Eastern Georges Bank cod, Eastern 
Georges Bank haddock, and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. The 
Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will report next with ABC 
recommendations for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder, monkfish, and 
deep-sea red crab. Following the SSC report, the Council will hear from 
U.S. representatives to the Transboundary Management Guidance Committee 
(TMGC) and potentially approve TMGC recommendations for 2017 total 
allowable catches (TACs) for U.S./Canada shared stocks on Georges Bank. 
Next, the Council will go into its Groundfish Committee report, where 
it is scheduled to approve a range of alternatives for Framework 
Adjustment 56, including: (1) 2017 U.S./Canada specifications; (2) 
2017-19 witch flounder specifications; and (3) commercial and 
recreational management measures for groundfish. More specifically, the 
management measures under consideration include: (a) Establishment of a 
sub-annual catch limit (sub-ACL) for northern windowpane flounder for 
the scallop fishery; (b) a potential increase to the sub-ACL for 
Georges Bank haddock for the Atlantic herring midwater trawl fishery; 
(c) revisions to the process for determining recreational management 
measures; and (d) potential modifications to Atlantic halibut measures. 
Finally, the Council will receive a briefing on the PDT's Groundfish 
Monitoring White Paper.
    The Council will take a lunch break and, if necessary, conclude any 
unfinished groundfish business immediately following lunch. Then it 
will receive a report from its Monkfish Committee, which will include 
an update on fishing year 2017-19 specifications and potentially lead 
to the initiation of a framework adjustment if the Council determines 
that additional management measures are warranted. Closing out the day, 
the Council will receive an Atlantic deep-sea red crab report and take 
final action on 2017-19 specifications for the fishery.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

    The final meeting day will begin with a preliminary discussion of 
2017 Council priorities. Here, the Council will review and discuss a 
draft list of possible actions and tasks for further development in 
2017 covering all committees. The Council will not take final action on 
priorities until its November meeting. Next, the Council will receive 
an update from its Habitat Committee on the development of two actions: 
(1) The Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment; and (2) a Clam Dredge 
Framework Adjustment. The Council will hear about ongoing analyses for 
both actions and provide recommendations for further work. It also will 
review and possibly approve minor adjustments to the range of 
alternatives in the coral amendment. The Scallop Committee will report 
next with an update on Framework Adjustment 28 to the Atlantic Sea 
Scallop FMP. The framework includes: (1) Specifications for fishing 
year 2017 with default measures for 2018; (2) a measure to potentially 
restrict the possession of shell stock inshore of the days-at-sea 
demarcation line north of 42[deg]20' N.; (3) modifications to the 
process for setting scallop fishery annual catch limits; and (4) 
modifications to the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area boundary to be 
consistent with potential changes to habitat and groundfish mortality 
closed areas. More specifically, the 2017 specifications and 2018 
default measures include: (a) Setting ABCs, ACLs, days-at-sea, and 
access-area allocations for both limited access (LA) and limited access 
general category (LAGC) vessels; (b) determining the hard TAC for the 
Northern Gulf of Maine Management Area; (c) setting the target TAC for 
the LAGC incidental catch; and (d) specifying set-aside amounts for the 
scallop observer and research set-aside programs.
    Following a lunch break, the Scallop Committee discussion may 
resume to conclude any unfinished business before the Council begins 
its Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) session. Here, the 
Council will receive a draft report from the EBFM PDT on a Georges Bank 
operating model to support the development of an example Fishery 
Ecosystem Plan and Management Strategy Evaluation. The Council will 
provide further guidance to the PDT and the EBFM Committee for 
additional work. Next, the Council will develop comments for NMFS on 
its EBFM road map. Finally, the meeting will conclude with a discussion 
of items under ``other business.''
    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 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

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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: August 26, 2016.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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