Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Closure of the 2009 Deepwater Grouper Commercial Fishery
NMFS closes the commercial fishery for deepwater grouper (misty grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, warsaw grouper, and speckled hind) in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico. NMFS has determined that the deepwater grouper quota for the commercial fishery will have been reached by June 27, 2009. This closure is necessary to protect the deepwater grouper resource.
Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Closure of the Pacific Whiting Primary Fishery for the Mothership Sector
NMFS announces closure of the primary season for the mothership sector of the Pacific whiting fishery at 10:00 p.m. local time (l.t.) June 1, 2009. The closure was necessary because the mothership sector was projected to reach its Pacific whiting harvest guideline. This action is authorized by regulations implementing the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which governs the groundfish fishery off Washington, Oregon, and California. This action is intended to keep the harvest of Pacific whiting at the 2009 allocation levels.
Endangered Species; File No. 1506
Notice is hereby given that Blair E. Witherington, Ph.D., Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Melbourne Beach Field Laboratory, 9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951, has been issued a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1506-01.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) will hold a public meeting on July 14, 2009. The MAFMC's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a public meeting on July 15-16, 2009. The MAFMC's Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Bluefish Monitoring Committee's (MC) will hold a meeting on July 17, 2009.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico; Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); SEDAR 18 Atlantic Red Drum Assessment Panel; Public Meeting
The SEDAR 18 Assessment Panel will meet via conference call to review preliminary assessment model results, select a preferred assessment model, and discuss future analytical needs. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.