[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 55 (Friday, March 21, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15726-15727]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06169]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD194


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold public meetings.

DATES: The meetings will be held Tuesday, April 8, 2014 through 
Thursday, April 10, 2014. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific 
dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Montauk Yacht Club, 32 Star 
Island Road, Montauk, NY 11954; telephone: (631) 668-3100.
    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. 
State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D. Executive 
Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 
526-5255.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1 p.m. until 2 p.m.--The River Herring and Shad Committee will meet.
2 p.m. until 5 p.m.--The Executive Committee will meet.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

9 a.m.--The Council will convene.
9 a.m. until 10 a.m.--A Stock Assessment Workshop/Stock Assessment 
Review Committee (SAW/SARC) presentation will be held.
10 a.m. until 12 noon--Tilefish Management Measures for 2015-17 will be 
finalized.
1 p.m. until 2 p.m.--There will be an update on Scup Gear-Restricted 
Area (GRA) Framework 8.
2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.--There will be an update on the Deep Sea Coral 
Amendment.
3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.--There will be a Marine Recreational 
Information Program (MRIP) presentation.
4:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.--There will be a presentation on establishing a 
baseline of spatial fishing revenue along the Atlantic coast.
5 p.m. until 6 p.m.--A listening session will be held.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

8:30 a.m.--The Council will convene.
8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.--The Standardized Bycatch Reporting 
Methodology Amendment (SBRM) will be discussed.
9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.--An Industry-Funded Monitoring Omnibus 
Amendment briefing will be held.
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.--The Council will hold its regular Business 
Session to receive Organizational Reports, the New England and South 
Atlantic Liaison Reports, the Executive Director's Report, the Science 
Report, Committee Reports, and conduct any continuing and/or new 
business.

    Agenda items by day for the Council's Committees and the Council 
itself are:
    On Tuesday, April 8--The River Herring and Shad Committee will 
review and approve terms of reference and scope of work for the 
Committee. The Executive Committee will develop a Council position on 
Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization issues.
    On Wednesday, April 9--The Council will hear a SAW/SARC 58 Summary 
to include butterfish, tilefish, and northern shrimp. The Council will 
review and adopt the Scientific and Statistical Committee's and the 
Tilefish

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Monitoring Committee's recommendations for 2015-17 harvest levels and 
management measures. The Council will review and discuss comments 
received by Advisors on modifications to the Scup GRA Framework 8. The 
Council will review a progress update on the initial analysis of 
current alternatives on the Deep Sea Coral Amendment. The Council will 
receive an update on the overall implementation of MRIP, review results 
of the for-hire reporting pilot projects, and discuss possible changes 
to the for-hire reporting. The Council will receive a presentation 
entitled Who Fishes There--Establishing a baseline of spatial fishing 
revenue along the Atlantic coast. This presentation will show the 
Council a GIS application that will identify areas important to 
specific fishing communities, species, gears, and sessions that will 
establish a baseline of commercial fishing effort for the Bureau of 
Ocean Energy Management. The discussion during the Listening Session 
will be on the United Kingdom experience related to managing 
navigational hazards for fishermen during wind farm construction and 
data collection by fishing vessels concerning commercial species 
behavior in and around wind farms.
    On Thursday, April 10--The Council will review and approve the SBRM 
Amendment. The Council will receive a briefing on the cost associated 
with the current observer program for the Industry-Funded Monitoring 
Omnibus Amendment. The Council will hold its regular Business Session 
to receive Organizational Reports, the New England and South Atlantic 
Council Liaison Reports, the Executive Director's Report, Science 
Report, Committee Reports, and conduct any continuing and/or new 
business, which will include the RSA permitting cycle, Surfclam/Ocean 
Quahog industry concerns regarding the NEFMC Habitat Amendment and 
Council planning for the Summer Flounder Amendment.
    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 these meetings. 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.

Special Accommodations

    The meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should 
be directed to M. Jan Saunders (302) 526-5251 at least 5 days prior to 
the meeting date.

    Dated: March 18, 2014.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-06169 Filed 3-20-14; 8:45 am]
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