[Federal Register Volume 59, Number 115 (Thursday, June 16, 1994)]
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[FR Doc No: 94-14674]

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[Federal Register: June 16, 1994]


50 CFR Part 644

[I.D. 051794D]


Atlantic Billfish Fisheries

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

ACTION: Atlantic billfishes; notice of additional scoping meetings and 
extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: NMFS has previously announced scoping meetings for Atlantic 
billfish. The purpose of the scoping meetings is to receive comments 
concerning the Atlantic billfish fishery from fishery participants and 
other members of the public regarding: A definition of overfishing; 
reducing fishing mortality; reporting requirements; and other issues. 
This notice announces additional scoping meetings and extends the 
comment period for the billfish scoping meetings.

DATES: Written scoping comments must be received by August 15, 1994. 
The scoping meetings will be held on August 4, August 10, August 11, 
August 14, and August 15, 1994.

ADDRESSES: Written scoping comments should be sent to Richard B. Stone, 
Chief, Highly Migratory Species Management Division (F/CM4), Office of 
Fisheries Conservation and Management, National Marine Fisheries 
Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 14853, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 
Clearly mark the outside of the envelope ``Atlantic Billfish Scoping 
Comments.'' Input for the issues/options statement may also be provided 
to the same address, or by sending a fax to C. Michael Bailey at 301-
713-1035. The scoping meetings will be held in Savannah, GA; Houston, 
TX; New Orleans, LA; Cape May, NJ; and Morehead City, NC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: C. Michael Bailey, 301-713-2347 or 
fax: 301-713-1035.


Scoping Meeting

    Depending upon the interest of the audience, the Meeting Officer 
may increase the length of the meeting. Additional meetings will be 
announced at a later date. NMFS is also soliciting written comments on 
issues of concern in this fishery. NMFS requests input at any time 
during the scoping process, by mail or by fax. An issues/options 
statement was prepared for the initial hearing and revised, based on 
written and oral comments, for subsequent hearings. This hearing is 
physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign 
language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to 
Richard B. Stone by July 29, 1994 (see ADDRESSES). NMFS previously 
announced scoping meetings on February 9, 1994 (59 FR 5978), March 1, 
1994 (59 FR 9720) and April 5, 1994 (59 FR 15882). The scoping meetings 
will be held at the following locations:

August 4, 1994, Savannah, GA, 7 to 10 p.m.

    Holiday Inn MidTown
    7100 Abercorn Street
    Savannah, GA 31406

August 10, 1994, Houston, TX, 7 to 10 p.m.

    Days Inn - Hobby Airport
    8611 Airport Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77061

August 11, 1994, New Orleans, LA, 7 to 10 p.m.

    World Trade Center Building
    Suite 1830, Crescent City Room
    #2 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130

August 14, 1994, Cape May, NJ, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

    Canyon Club Resort Marina,
    900 Ocean Highway
    Cape May, NJ 08204

August 15, 1994, Morehead City, NC, 7 to 10 p.m.

    Carteret Community College
    Joslyn Hall
    3505 Arendale Street
    Morehead City, NC 28557-2989

    Dated: June 9, 1994.
Richard H. Schaefer,
Director, Office of Fisheries Conservation and Management, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 94-14674 Filed 6-15-94; 8:45 am]