[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 87 (Friday, May 4, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 26516]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10842]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC009


General Advisory Committee and Scientific Advisory Subcommittee 
to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission; 
Meeting Announcement

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces a meeting of the Scientific Advisory 
Subcommittee (SAS) on May 30, 2012, and a meeting of the General 
Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American 
Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) on May 31, 2012. Meeting topics are 
provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

DATES: The meeting of the SAS will be held on May 30, 2012, from 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. PDT (or until business is concluded), and the meeting of the 
GAC will be held on May 31, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT (or until 
business is concluded).

ADDRESSES: Both meetings will be held in the Conference Room 1 at 
Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Service: 6010 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad, 
CA 92011. Please notify Heidi Taylor prior to May 18, 2012, of your 
plans to attend either meeting, or interest in a teleconference option.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Taylor, Southwest Region, NMFS 
at Heidi.Taylor@noaa.gov, or at (562) 980-4039.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Tuna Conventions Act, 
as amended, the Department of State has appointed a General Advisory 
Committee (GAC) and a Scientific Advisory Subcommittee (SAS) to the 
U.S. Section to the IATTC. The U.S. Section consists of four U.S. 
Commissioners to the IATTC and a representative of the Deputy Assistant 
Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries. The GAC and SAS support 
the U.S. Section to the IATTC in an advisory capacity; in particular, 
they provide advice on the development of U.S. policies, positions, and 
negotiating tactics. NOAA Fisheries Southwest Regional office 
administers the GAC and SAS in cooperation with the Department of 
State. The next annual meeting of the IATTC is scheduled for June 18-
June 29, 2012, in La Jolla, CA. For more information on this meeting, 
please visit the IATTC's Web site: http://www.iattc.org/HomeENG.htm.

Meeting Topics

    The SAS meeting topics will include, but are not limited to, the 
following: (1) Relevant stock status updates, including yellowfin, 
bigeye, skipjack, and albacore tunas; (2) updates on bycatch mitigation 
measures; (3) evaluation of the IATTC's recommended conservation 
measures, U.S. proposals, and proposals from other IATTC members; (4) 
AIDCP dolphin abundance surveys; (5) input to the GAC; and (6) other 
issues as they arise.
    The GAC meeting topics will include, but are not limited to, the 
following: (1) Relevant stock status updates, including yellowfin, 
bigeye, skipjack, and albacore tunas; (2) U.S. regulatory changes that 
could affect tuna fisheries in the eastern Pacific Ocean; (3) updates 
on international agreements that could affect the IATTC; (4) the status 
of U.S legislation to implement the Antigua Convention; (5) outcomes of 
the IATTC Capacity Working Group meeting; (6) input from the SAS; (7) 
input and advice from the GAC on issues that may arise at the upcoming 
2012 IATTC meetings, including the IATTC's recommended conservation 
measures, potential U.S. proposals, and potential proposals from other 
IATTC members; and (9) other issues as they arise.

Special Accommodations

    The meeting location is physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Heidi Taylor at (562) 980-4039 by 
May 28, 2012.

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

    Dated: May 1, 2012.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-10842 Filed 5-3-12; 8:45 am]
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