New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 56581-56583 [2020-20208]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 178 / Monday, September 14, 2020 / Notices Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the U.S. Department of Commerce Education Trade Mission to India must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 educational institutions/study state consortia/companies will be selected to participate in the mission. All selected participants will travel to three cities in India and will have the option to choose additional business-to-business side meetings in up to four markets in India as a spinoff for an additional cost. 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[FR Doc. 2020–20154 Filed 9–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA480] New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: 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). Due to federal and state travel restrictions and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to COVID–19, this SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56581 meeting will be conducted entirely by webinar. DATES: The webinar meeting will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 29, September 30, and October 1, 2020, beginning at 9 a.m. on September 29 and 8:30 a.m. on September 30 and October 1. ADDRESSES: All meeting participants and interested parties can register to join the webinar at https:// register.gotowebinar.com/register/ 5172076717962269709. 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, September 29, 2020 After introductions and brief announcements, NMFS’s Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) will swear in new and reappointed Council members. The Council then will conduct its 2020–21 election of officers. Reports on recent activities will be next. The Council will hear from its Chairman and Executive Director, GARFO’s Regional Administrator, liaisons from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, staff from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), and representatives from NOAA General Counsel, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP), the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), the NMFS Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel, and the South Atlantic Council’s Dolphin/Wahoo Advisory Panel. The Skate Committee Report will follow. The Council will receive: (1) A presentation on the Skate Annual Monitoring Report covering fishing year 2019; and (2) a progress report on Amendment 5 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This update will focus on the development of a problem statement, goals, and objectives for potentially developing a limited access program through Amendment 5. Members of the public then will have the opportunity to speak during an open comment period on issues that relate to Council business E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 56582 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 178 / Monday, September 14, 2020 / Notices but are not included on the published agenda for this meeting. The Council asks the public to limit remarks to 3–5 minutes. These comments will be received through the webinar. A guide for how to publicly comment through the webinar is available on the Council website at https://s3.amazonaws.com/ nefmc.org/NEFMC-meeting-remoteparticipation_generic.pdf. Following the lunch break, the Council will receive a report from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center on the peer review of the Spring 2020 Management Track Stock Assessments for Atlantic herring, longfin squid, butterfish, and surfclams and ocean quahogs. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) then will present its recommendations for overfishing limits (OFLs) and acceptable biological catches (ABCs) for the 2021–2023 Atlantic herring fishing years. The Atlantic Herring Committee report will be next with three items: (1) The Council will take final action on Framework Adjustment 8, which includes 2021– 2023 specifications for the herring fishery and adjusts measures in the Atlantic Herring FMP that may inhibit the Atlantic mackerel fishery from achieving optimum yield; (2) the Council will receive an update on Framework Adjustment 7, which is an action under development to protect spawning herring on Georges Bank; and (3) the Council will receive an update on discussions related to the coordination of Atlantic herring management between the Council and ASMFC. GARFO then will update the Council on the status of the North Atlantic Right Whale Draft Biological Opinion and upcoming rulemaking. The Council may discuss these issues and offer comments to the agency. After that, the Council will adjourn for the day. At 6 p.m. or shortly following the close of Council business, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will host a virtual roundtable to gather input from New England fishermen and other industry stakeholders on two topics: (1) The impacts of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on the U.S. fishing industry; and (2) the impacts of seafood imports on U.S. products and markets. All stakeholders, including those from the Mid-Atlantic, are encouraged to join the discussion. No preregistration is needed. A link to the webinar will be forthcoming and posted on the Council website. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 The Council will begin the day with Part 1 of a three-part Groundfish Committee report. Part 1 will focus on VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Sep 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP, commonly referred to as the groundfish monitoring amendment. The Council will review all written and oral comments received during the public comment period on this amendment and then take final action on measures to improve the accuracy and accountability of catch reporting in the commercial groundfish fishery, including the level of at-sea monitoring coverage to be required on groundfish sector trips, among other actions. Following the lunch break, the Council will continue its discussion on Groundfish Monitoring Amendment 23. When business on the amendment is complete, the Council will take up Part 2 of the Groundfish Committee Report regarding a petition for rulemaking for Atlantic cod. The Council will receive input from its Groundfish Committee, Groundfish Advisory Panel, and Recreational Advisory Panel and then discuss the petition and potential next steps. After that, the Council will: (1) Receive a report from the Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) on 2020 assessment results for Eastern Georges Bank cod, Eastern Georges Bank haddock, and Georges Bank yellowtail flounder; and (2) review and approve Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) recommendations for 2021 total allowable catches for those three shared U.S./Canada stocks on Georges Bank. Next, the Council will receive SSC recommendations for OFLs and ABCs for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder for fishing years 2021 and 2022, as well as SSC input on possible rebuilding approaches for white hake. Finally, the Council will take up Part 3 of the Groundfish Committee report, which will focus on Framework Adjustment 61 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP. The framework includes: (1) 2021 total allowable catches for U.S./Canada stocks on Georges Bank; (2) 2021–23 specifications for roughly half of the U.S. groundfish stocks; (3) white hake rebuilding provisions; and (4) other measures. The Council also will take action on Georges Bank yellowtail OFLs and ABCs for Framework 61 before it adjourns for the day. Thursday, October 1, 2020 The Council will begin the day by receiving a short update from the Habitat Committee on offshore wind development activities. Then it will take up the Scallop Committee report. The Council will review recent public hearing comments on Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP, which includes measures that address: (1) PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Northern Gulf of Maine Management Area issues, (2) the Limited Access General Category (LAGC) possession limit, and (3) individual fishing quota (IFQ) transfers. The Council will take final action on this amendment. The Council also will receive a preliminary overview of 2020 scallop survey work and a progress report on Framework Adjustment 33, which will include 2021 fishing year specifications and 2022 default specifications, along with other measures. Following the lunch break, the Council will hear from its EcosystemBased Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee. First, the Council will review and approve EBFM public outreach materials produced by Green Fin Studio, including stakeholder profiles, brochures, two completed infographics, presentations, an introductory video, and other outreach tools. Second, the Council will hear the committee’s recommendations and approve a format for conducting EBFM workshops using the Council’s example Fishery Ecosystem Plan (eFEP) for Georges Bank, along with the new public outreach materials. Third, the Council will receive a presentation on tangible worked examples developed by the Plan Development Team to demonstrate the eFEP catch framework for Georges Bank. Next, the Council will hear from the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) staff, which will present two pre-COVID0919 economic reports supporting the SBNMS Management Plan Review: (1) A fisheries report analyzing commercial fishing and recreational for-hire fishing activity within SBNMS and the economic contributions of these activities; and (2) a whale watching report summing up data and economic contribution. After that, the Council will begin its initial discussion on 2021 Council Priorities, including identification of potential actions that respond to the May 7, 2020 Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The Council then 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 E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 178 / Monday, September 14, 2020 / Notices 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 being conducted entirely by webinar. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 9, 2020. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before November 13, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at Adrienne.thomas@noaa.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0648– 0516 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or specific questions related to collection khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Sep 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 activities should be directed to Gabrielle Aberle, 907–586–7356. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Regional Office, is requesting renewal of a currently approved information collection. This information collection contains the reports for the Crab Rationalization Program Arbitration System. The Crab Rationalization Program allocates Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) crab resources among harvesters, processors, and coastal communities through a limited access system that balances the interests of these groups who depend on these fisheries. Under the CR Program, eligible License Limitation Program license holders were issued crab quota shares (QS), which are long term shares, based on their qualifying harvest histories. The QS yield annual individual fishing quota (IFQ), which represent a privilege to receive a certain amount of crab harvested with IFQ. Processor quota shares (PQS) are long term shares issued to processors. The PQS yield annual individual processor quota (IPQ), which represent a privilege to receive a certain amount of crab harvested with Class A IFQ. The Crab Rationalization Program Arbitration System is a series of steps that harvesters and processors can use to negotiate delivery and price contracts. The Arbitration System allows unaffiliated Class A IFQ holders to initiate an arbitration proceeding in the event of a dispute to allow an independent third party to provide a review of harvester and processor negotiation positions and provide an independent and binding resolution to issues under dispute. To use the Arbitration System, a harvester must commit deliveries to a processor and initiate a binding arbitration proceeding in advance of the season opening. The Arbitration System is designed to minimize antitrust risks for crab harvesters and processors and is intended to ensure that a reasonable price is paid for all landings. The Arbitration System requires several information collections that are submitted annually in accordance with the regulations at 50 CFR 680.20. The Annual Arbitration Organization Report, the Market Report, and the Non-binding Price Formula Report are the primary reports submitted to NMFS each year. Also submitted are the Contract Arbitrator Report and the Cost Allocation Agreement. An Annual Arbitration Organization Report is compiled by each of the two PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56583 Arbitration Organizations; one represents the processors, and the second represents the harvesters. This report includes information on the arbitration organization and its management personnel, the crab QS fisheries to which the report applies, the ownership interest and the QS/IFQ or PQS/IPQ held by each member; and the arbitration process. The Non-binding Price Formula Report is a pre-season report that is designed to serve as a starting point for negotiations between fishermen and processors, or as a starting point for an arbitrator in evaluating offers in an arbitration process. This report documents how each formula was developed. The Market Report provides an analysis of the market for products of a specific crab fishery and reports on activities occurring within three months prior to its generation. The purpose of this report is to provide background information on each crab fishery, the products generated by each fishery, and position of those products in the marketplace; discuss the historical division of wholesale revenue; and provide the methods for predicting wholesale prices before the fishery occurs. The Contract Arbitrator Report documents arbitration proceedings if they occur within a fishery. The Cost Allocation Agreement provides combined shared arbitration accounting costs. Federal regulations for the CR Program require that the crab arbitration costs are shared equally between IPQ holders and Class A IFQ holders— processors pay half and fishermen pay half. II. Method of Collection The information is submitted by mail, delivery, fax, or email. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0516. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2. Estimated Time per Response: Annual Arbitration Organization Report, 6 hours; Market Report, Nonbinding Price Formula Report, Contract Arbitrator Report, and Cost Allocation Agreement, 3 hours each. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24. E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA480]


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). Due to federal and 
state travel restrictions and updated guidance from the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention related to COVID-19, this meeting will 
be conducted entirely by webinar.

DATES: The webinar meeting will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and 
Thursday, September 29, September 30, and October 1, 2020, beginning at 
9 a.m. on September 29 and 8:30 a.m. on September 30 and October 1.

ADDRESSES: All meeting participants and interested parties can register 
to join the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5172076717962269709.
    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, September 29, 2020

    After introductions and brief announcements, NMFS's Regional 
Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office 
(GARFO) will swear in new and reappointed Council members. The Council 
then will conduct its 2020-21 election of officers. Reports on recent 
activities will be next. The Council will hear from its Chairman and 
Executive Director, GARFO's Regional Administrator, liaisons from the 
Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and Mid-Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council, staff from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries 
Commission (ASMFC), and representatives from NOAA General Counsel, 
NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Northeast 
Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP), the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries 
Organization (NAFO), the NMFS Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel, 
and the South Atlantic Council's Dolphin/Wahoo Advisory Panel. The 
Skate Committee Report will follow. The Council will receive: (1) A 
presentation on the Skate Annual Monitoring Report covering fishing 
year 2019; and (2) a progress report on Amendment 5 to the Northeast 
Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This update will focus on 
the development of a problem statement, goals, and objectives for 
potentially developing a limited access program through Amendment 5. 
Members of the public then will have the opportunity to speak during an 
open comment period on issues that relate to Council business

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but are not included on the published agenda for this meeting. The 
Council asks the public to limit remarks to 3-5 minutes. These comments 
will be received through the webinar. A guide for how to publicly 
comment through the webinar is available on the Council website at 
https://s3.amazonaws.com/nefmc.org/NEFMC-meeting-remote-participation_generic.pdf.
    Following the lunch break, the Council will receive a report from 
the Northeast Fisheries Science Center on the peer review of the Spring 
2020 Management Track Stock Assessments for Atlantic herring, longfin 
squid, butterfish, and surfclams and ocean quahogs. The Scientific and 
Statistical Committee (SSC) then will present its recommendations for 
overfishing limits (OFLs) and acceptable biological catches (ABCs) for 
the 2021-2023 Atlantic herring fishing years. The Atlantic Herring 
Committee report will be next with three items: (1) The Council will 
take final action on Framework Adjustment 8, which includes 2021-2023 
specifications for the herring fishery and adjusts measures in the 
Atlantic Herring FMP that may inhibit the Atlantic mackerel fishery 
from achieving optimum yield; (2) the Council will receive an update on 
Framework Adjustment 7, which is an action under development to protect 
spawning herring on Georges Bank; and (3) the Council will receive an 
update on discussions related to the coordination of Atlantic herring 
management between the Council and ASMFC. GARFO then will update the 
Council on the status of the North Atlantic Right Whale Draft 
Biological Opinion and upcoming rulemaking. The Council may discuss 
these issues and offer comments to the agency. After that, the Council 
will adjourn for the day.
    At 6 p.m. or shortly following the close of Council business, the 
U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will host a virtual 
roundtable to gather input from New England fishermen and other 
industry stakeholders on two topics: (1) The impacts of illegal, 
unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on the U.S. fishing industry; 
and (2) the impacts of seafood imports on U.S. products and markets. 
All stakeholders, including those from the Mid-Atlantic, are encouraged 
to join the discussion. No preregistration is needed. A link to the 
webinar will be forthcoming and posted on the Council website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    The Council will begin the day with Part 1 of a three-part 
Groundfish Committee report. Part 1 will focus on Amendment 23 to the 
Northeast Multispecies FMP, commonly referred to as the groundfish 
monitoring amendment. The Council will review all written and oral 
comments received during the public comment period on this amendment 
and then take final action on measures to improve the accuracy and 
accountability of catch reporting in the commercial groundfish fishery, 
including the level of at-sea monitoring coverage to be required on 
groundfish sector trips, among other actions.
    Following the lunch break, the Council will continue its discussion 
on Groundfish Monitoring Amendment 23. When business on the amendment 
is complete, the Council will take up Part 2 of the Groundfish 
Committee Report regarding a petition for rulemaking for Atlantic cod. 
The Council will receive input from its Groundfish Committee, 
Groundfish Advisory Panel, and Recreational Advisory Panel and then 
discuss the petition and potential next steps. After that, the Council 
will: (1) Receive a report from the Transboundary Resources Assessment 
Committee (TRAC) on 2020 assessment results for Eastern Georges Bank 
cod, Eastern Georges Bank haddock, and Georges Bank yellowtail 
flounder; and (2) review and approve Transboundary Management Guidance 
Committee (TMGC) recommendations for 2021 total allowable catches for 
those three shared U.S./Canada stocks on Georges Bank. Next, the 
Council will receive SSC recommendations for OFLs and ABCs for Georges 
Bank yellowtail flounder for fishing years 2021 and 2022, as well as 
SSC input on possible rebuilding approaches for white hake. Finally, 
the Council will take up Part 3 of the Groundfish Committee report, 
which will focus on Framework Adjustment 61 to the Northeast 
Multispecies FMP. The framework includes: (1) 2021 total allowable 
catches for U.S./Canada stocks on Georges Bank; (2) 2021-23 
specifications for roughly half of the U.S. groundfish stocks; (3) 
white hake rebuilding provisions; and (4) other measures. The Council 
also will take action on Georges Bank yellowtail OFLs and ABCs for 
Framework 61 before it adjourns for the day.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

    The Council will begin the day by receiving a short update from the 
Habitat Committee on offshore wind development activities. Then it will 
take up the Scallop Committee report. The Council will review recent 
public hearing comments on Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop 
FMP, which includes measures that address: (1) Northern Gulf of Maine 
Management Area issues, (2) the Limited Access General Category (LAGC) 
possession limit, and (3) individual fishing quota (IFQ) transfers. The 
Council will take final action on this amendment. The Council also will 
receive a preliminary overview of 2020 scallop survey work and a 
progress report on Framework Adjustment 33, which will include 2021 
fishing year specifications and 2022 default specifications, along with 
other measures.
    Following the lunch break, the Council will hear from its 
Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee. First, the Council 
will review and approve EBFM public outreach materials produced by 
Green Fin Studio, including stakeholder profiles, brochures, two 
completed infographics, presentations, an introductory video, and other 
outreach tools. Second, the Council will hear the committee's 
recommendations and approve a format for conducting EBFM workshops 
using the Council's example Fishery Ecosystem Plan (eFEP) for Georges 
Bank, along with the new public outreach materials. Third, the Council 
will receive a presentation on tangible worked examples developed by 
the Plan Development Team to demonstrate the eFEP catch framework for 
Georges Bank. Next, the Council will hear from the Stellwagen Bank 
National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) staff, which will present two pre-
COVID0919 economic reports supporting the SBNMS Management Plan Review: 
(1) A fisheries report analyzing commercial fishing and recreational 
for-hire fishing activity within SBNMS and the economic contributions 
of these activities; and (2) a whale watching report summing up data 
and economic contribution. After that, the Council will begin its 
initial discussion on 2021 Council Priorities, including identification 
of potential actions that respond to the May 7, 2020 Executive Order on 
Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The 
Council then 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

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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 being conducted entirely by webinar. Requests for 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at 
least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: September 9, 2020.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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