[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 7 (Monday, January 12, 1998)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-619]

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[I.D. 122297G]

Magnuson Act Provisions; Essential Fish Habitat; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: NMFS is convening a meeting of the west coast salmon essential 
fish habitat (EFH) technical team to review EFH descriptions for salmon 
and adverse affects on salmon EFH. The meeting is open to the public.

DATES: The EFH technical team meeting is on February 10, 1998, from 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be at the Park Plaza International Hotel - 
San Francisco, 1177 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS is in the process of developing 
recommendations on EFH for west coast salmon in accordance with recent 
amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act. EFH recommendations to be presented to the Pacific Fishery 
Management Council for an amendment to the salmon fishery management 
plan include a description of EFH for coho salmon, chinook salmon, pink 
salmon and sockeye salmon; a description of adverse effects to EFH, 
including fishing and non-fishing threats; and a description of 
measures to ensure the conservation and enhancement of EFH.
    NMFS has formed a technical team consisting of industry, state, 
tribal, university, and Federal individuals to provide technical input 
and advice on the development of the NMFS recommendations. The 
technical team met once before in November to review draft EFH 
documents. The February 10 EFH salmon technical team meeting will be 
open to the public and the public will have an opportunity to comment. 
EFH documents will be available at the meeting. EFH background material 
can also be found on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission 
website at www.psmfc.org/efh.html.

Special Accommodations

    The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be requested at least 5 working days prior to the meeting date 

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

    Dated: January 5, 1998.
Richard W. Surdi,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 98-619 Filed 1-9-98; 8:45 am]