New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 54329-54330 [2017-24961]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 221 / Friday, November 17, 2017 / Notices notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Council Session: Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:30 a.m. Until 1 p.m. (Partially Closed Session if Needed) Special Accommodations The Full Council will begin with the Call to Order, adoption of the agenda, announcements and introductions, and presentations. The Council will receive a Legal Briefing on Litigation from NOAA General Counsel (if needed) during Closed Session. The Council will receive the Executive Director’s Report and an update on results from the Northeast Regional Coordinating Council meeting in November. Updates will be provided by NOAA Fisheries including a discussion with Dr. Francisco ‘‘Cisco’’ Werner, Chief Science Advisor and Director of Scientific Programs, reports on the status of commercial and recreational catches versus ACLs for species not covered during an earlier committee meeting, status of Recreational and Commercial Quota Monitoring Tables on the NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office Web site, a turtle release presentation, and discussion of other issues as necessary. The Council will also receive an update on the status of Bycatch Collection Programs and the pending voluntary commercial electronic logbook reporting effort from NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The Council will review any Exempted Fishing Permits received by NOAA Fisheries as necessary. The Council will receive Committee reports from the Snapper Grouper, Mackerel Cobia, Spiny Lobster, SEDAR, Data Collection, Habitat and EcosystemBased Management, Information and Education, Citizen Science, SOPPs, and Executive Finance Committees; a report from the Committee of the Whole (ABC Control Rule); a report from the Recreational Reporting Workshop; review recommendations; and take action as appropriate. The Council will receive 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 this meeting. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Nov 16, 2017 Jkt 244001 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: November 14, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–24955 Filed 11–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF839 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, December 5, 6, and 7, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. on December 5, 8:30 a.m. on December 6, and 8:30 a.m. on December 7. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840; telephone: (401) 847–3300; online at www.hotelviking.com. 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: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54329 Agenda Tuesday, December 5, 2017 After introductions and brief announcements, the meeting will begin with reports from the Council Chairman and Executive Director, NMFS’s Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO), liaisons from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) 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 (ASMFC) and U.S. Coast Guard. Next, the Council will receive a short briefing from the Northeast Regional Ocean Council on upgrades to the Northeast Ocean Data Portal. The Skate Committee will report next with a final item related to Framework Adjustment 5 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council addressed most of the framework components during its September meeting. During this December meeting, the Council will: (1) Consider options to exempt vessels from skate regulations when fishing exclusively within the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Regulatory Area; and (2) take final action on the entire framework. Then, ASMFC will brief the Council on the Commission’s Draft Addendum XXVI to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster and Addendum III to the Jonah Crab plan. The Council will discuss data collection needs for these fisheries. The Habitat Committee then will provide a short progress report on the Council’s Coral Amendment and Clam Dredge Framework, which will be followed by a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management overview of proposed and ongoing offshore wind energy projects in the Northeast. After the lunch break, GARFO will provide a presentation on the North Atlantic Right Whale Five-Year Review and the reinitiation of formal consultation due to new information on the changed status of right whales. Next, the Atlantic Herring Committee will report on Draft Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP. The Council will select preferred alternatives for localized depletion and user conflicts for the amendment and then approve the document for public hearing. The Council debated acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rule alternatives— the other major component of Amendment 8—during its September meeting. The Council also will approve 2019–2021 research priorities for the Atlantic Herring Research Set-Aside E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 54330 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 221 / Friday, November 17, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Program. Following these actions, the Council will adjourn for the day. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 The second day of the meeting will begin with a report from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center on the results of the 2017 operational assessments for 19 of the 20 groundfish stocks managed under the Council’s Northeast Multispecies FMP. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will report next with overfishing limits (OFLs) and ABCs for the following stocks and fishing years (FY): Atlantic sea scallops for FY 2018 with defaults for FY 2019; northern and southern silver hake and red hake for FY 2018–2020; and all groundfish stocks for 2018–2020 except Georges Bank yellowtail flounder and Atlantic halibut. The Council then will begin its Groundfish Committee report, during which it will take final action on Framework Adjustment 57 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP. The framework includes: (1) 2018–2020 fishery specifications and other management measures; (2) 2018 TACs for U.S./Canada stocks of Eastern Georges Bank cod, Eastern Georges Bank haddock, and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder; (3) Atlantic halibut accountability measures (AMs); (4) recreational management measures; (5) common pool trimester TAC adjustments; (6) southern windowpane flounder AMs; and (7) potential consideration of a Georges Bank cod sub-annual catch limit for the recreational fishery. Also under groundfish, the Council may consider requesting emergency action to reduce catches of Georges Bank cod by implementing additional measures for the recreational fishery. Following a lunch break, members of the public will have the opportunity 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. The Council asks the public to limit remarks to 3–5 minutes. Then, the Groundfish Committee report will resume and continue until related business is concluded. The Council next will discuss its plan to provide input to NMFS on regulatory reform as mandated by Executive Orders 13777, 13771, and 13565. At the conclusion of this discussion, the Council will adjourn for the day. Thursday, December 7, 2017 The third day of the meeting will begin with a discussion of and final action on 2018 Council priorities covering tasks and actions for all committees. Next, the Council will hear VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Nov 16, 2017 Jkt 244001 from its Scallop Committee and take final action on Framework Adjustment 29 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP. This framework contains: (1) Fishery specifications for the 2018 fishing year and default specifications for 2019; (2) scallop fishery AMs for yellowtail flounder and windowpane flounder; (3) Northern Gulf of Maine Management Area modifications; and (4) measures to modify and/or create access area and open area boundaries consistent with potential changes to habitat and groundfish closed areas under the Council’s Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. Following a lunch break, the Scallop Committee discussion will continue until business is concluded. The Whiting Committee will report next. The Council will take final action on 2018–2020 specifications for smallmesh multispecies, which include red, silver, and offshore hakes, and then will deliberate Amendment 22 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP, which was developed to consider limiting access to the small-mesh multispecies fishery. The Council will: (1) Consider whether to pursue or drop consideration of triggered possession limit adjustments in the amendment; and (2) approve the draft amendment for public hearing. Next, the Council will take up spiny dogfish to review the previously set 2018 specifications for the fishery and discuss whether to recommend modifications. Finally, the Council will close out the meeting with ‘‘other business.’’ Although non-emergency issues not contained on this agenda may come before the 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 Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. The public also should be aware that the meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 14, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–24961 Filed 11–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Scientific Research, Exempted Fishing, and Exempted Activity Submissions. OMB Control Number: 0648–0471. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 49. Average Hours per Response: 2 hours for a scientific research plan; 40 minutes for an application for an EFP, Display Permit, SRP, LOA, or Shark Research Permit; 1 hour for an interim report; 40 minutes for an annual fishing report; 15 minutes for an application for an amendment; 5 minutes for notification of departure phone calls to NMFS Enforcement; 10 minutes for calls to request and observer; and 2 minutes for ‘‘no-catch’’ reports. Burden Hours: 143. Needs and Uses: Exempted fishing permits (EFPs), scientific research permits (SRPs), display permits, letters of acknowledgment (LOAs), and shark research fishery permits are issued under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and/or the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA) (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). Issuance of EFPs and related permits is necessary for the collection of Highly Migratory Species (HMS) for public display and scientific research that requires exemption from regulations (e.g., seasons, prohibited species, authorized gear, and minimum sizes) that otherwise may prohibit such collection. Display permits are issued for the collection of HMS for the purpose of public display, and a limited E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF839


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, 
December 5, 6, and 7, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. on December 5, 8:30 
a.m. on December 6, and 8:30 a.m. on December 7.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue 
Avenue, Newport, RI 02840; telephone: (401) 847-3300; online at 
www.hotelviking.com.
    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: 

Agenda

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    After introductions and brief announcements, the meeting will begin 
with reports from the Council Chairman and Executive Director, NMFS's 
Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries 
Office (GARFO), liaisons from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center 
(NEFSC) 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 (ASMFC) and U.S. 
Coast Guard. Next, the Council will receive a short briefing from the 
Northeast Regional Ocean Council on upgrades to the Northeast Ocean 
Data Portal. The Skate Committee will report next with a final item 
related to Framework Adjustment 5 to the Northeast Skate Complex 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Council addressed most of the 
framework components during its September meeting. During this December 
meeting, the Council will: (1) Consider options to exempt vessels from 
skate regulations when fishing exclusively within the Northwest 
Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Regulatory Area; and (2) take 
final action on the entire framework. Then, ASMFC will brief the 
Council on the Commission's Draft Addendum XXVI to the Interstate 
Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster and Addendum III to the 
Jonah Crab plan. The Council will discuss data collection needs for 
these fisheries. The Habitat Committee then will provide a short 
progress report on the Council's Coral Amendment and Clam Dredge 
Framework, which will be followed by a Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management overview of proposed and ongoing offshore wind energy 
projects in the Northeast.
    After the lunch break, GARFO will provide a presentation on the 
North Atlantic Right Whale Five-Year Review and the reinitiation of 
formal consultation due to new information on the changed status of 
right whales. Next, the Atlantic Herring Committee will report on Draft 
Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP. The Council will select 
preferred alternatives for localized depletion and user conflicts for 
the amendment and then approve the document for public hearing. The 
Council debated acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rule 
alternatives--the other major component of Amendment 8--during its 
September meeting. The Council also will approve 2019-2021 research 
priorities for the Atlantic Herring Research Set-Aside

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Program. Following these actions, the Council will adjourn for the day.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    The second day of the meeting will begin with a report from the 
Northeast Fisheries Science Center on the results of the 2017 
operational assessments for 19 of the 20 groundfish stocks managed 
under the Council's Northeast Multispecies FMP. The Scientific and 
Statistical Committee (SSC) will report next with overfishing limits 
(OFLs) and ABCs for the following stocks and fishing years (FY): 
Atlantic sea scallops for FY 2018 with defaults for FY 2019; northern 
and southern silver hake and red hake for FY 2018-2020; and all 
groundfish stocks for 2018-2020 except Georges Bank yellowtail flounder 
and Atlantic halibut. The Council then will begin its Groundfish 
Committee report, during which it will take final action on Framework 
Adjustment 57 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP. The framework 
includes: (1) 2018-2020 fishery specifications and other management 
measures; (2) 2018 TACs for U.S./Canada stocks of Eastern Georges Bank 
cod, Eastern Georges Bank haddock, and Georges Bank yellowtail 
flounder; (3) Atlantic halibut accountability measures (AMs); (4) 
recreational management measures; (5) common pool trimester TAC 
adjustments; (6) southern windowpane flounder AMs; and (7) potential 
consideration of a Georges Bank cod sub-annual catch limit for the 
recreational fishery. Also under groundfish, the Council may consider 
requesting emergency action to reduce catches of Georges Bank cod by 
implementing additional measures for the recreational fishery.
    Following a lunch break, members of the public will have the 
opportunity 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. The Council asks the public to limit remarks to 3-5 
minutes. Then, the Groundfish Committee report will resume and continue 
until related business is concluded. The Council next will discuss its 
plan to provide input to NMFS on regulatory reform as mandated by 
Executive Orders 13777, 13771, and 13565. At the conclusion of this 
discussion, the Council will adjourn for the day.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

    The third day of the meeting will begin with a discussion of and 
final action on 2018 Council priorities covering tasks and actions for 
all committees. Next, the Council will hear from its Scallop Committee 
and take final action on Framework Adjustment 29 to the Atlantic Sea 
Scallop FMP. This framework contains: (1) Fishery specifications for 
the 2018 fishing year and default specifications for 2019; (2) scallop 
fishery AMs for yellowtail flounder and windowpane flounder; (3) 
Northern Gulf of Maine Management Area modifications; and (4) measures 
to modify and/or create access area and open area boundaries consistent 
with potential changes to habitat and groundfish closed areas under the 
Council's Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2.
    Following a lunch break, the Scallop Committee discussion will 
continue until business is concluded. The Whiting Committee will report 
next. The Council will take final action on 2018-2020 specifications 
for small-mesh multispecies, which include red, silver, and offshore 
hakes, and then will deliberate Amendment 22 to the Northeast 
Multispecies FMP, which was developed to consider limiting access to 
the small-mesh multispecies fishery. The Council will: (1) Consider 
whether to pursue or drop consideration of triggered possession limit 
adjustments in the amendment; and (2) approve the draft amendment for 
public hearing. Next, the Council will take up spiny dogfish to review 
the previously set 2018 specifications for the fishery and discuss 
whether to recommend modifications. Finally, the Council will close out 
the meeting with ``other business.''
    Although non-emergency issues not contained on this agenda may come 
before the 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 Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's 
intent to take final action to address the emergency. The public also 
should be aware that the meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 
U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request.

Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: November 14, 2017.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-24961 Filed 11-16-17; 8:45 am]
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