[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 88 (Monday, May 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26746-26747]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10900]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Fisheries of the Caribbean; Southeast Data, Assessment, and 
Review (SEDAR); Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of SEDAR Data Scoping, Assessment, and Review Workshops 
for Caribbean blue tang and queen triggerfish.

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SUMMARY: The SEDAR assessments of the Caribbean stocks of blue tang and 
queen triggerfish will consist of a series of workshops: three Data 
scoping Workshops, an Assessment Workshop, and a Review Workshop. See 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

DATES: The Data Scoping Workshops will take place July 17-19, 2012; the 
Assessment Workshop will take place October 16-18, 2012; and the Review 
Workshop will take place February 4-7, 2013. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: A series of Data Scoping Workshops will be held throughout 
the U.S. Caribbean. The location information for each workshop is 
included in the table below:

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                                          Data Scoping--STX        Data Scoping--STT         Data Scoping--PR
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Start................................  7/17/12 @ 3pm..........  7/18/12 @ 3pm..........  7/19/12 @ 3pm.
End..................................  7/17/12 @ 7pm..........  7/18/12 @ 7pm..........  7/19/12 @ 7pm.
Location.............................  The Buccaneer..........  Frenchman's Reef.......  Rincon Beach Hotel.
Address..............................  5007 Estate Shoys......  5 Estate Bakkeroe,.....  Rd 115, Km 5.8,
                                       St. Croix, USVI........  St. Thomas, USVI.......  Anasco, PR.
Phone................................  800-255-3881...........  800-228-9290...........  866-589-0009.
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    The Assessment Workshop will be held at the Courtyard Miami Coconut 
Grove, 2649 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133; telephone: (800) 
321-2211. The Review Workshop will be held at the Hotel El Convento, 
100 Cristo Street, Old San Juan, PR 00901; telephone: (181) 723-9036.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator, 4055 
Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; telephone: 
(843) 571-4366.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and 
Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA 
Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions 
have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) 
process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks 
in the Southeast Region. SEDAR includes three workshops: (1) Data 
Workshop, (2) Stock Assessment Workshop and (3) Review Workshop. The 
product of the Data Workshop is a data report which compiles and 
evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are 
appropriate for assessment analyses. The product of the Stock 
Assessment Workshop is a stock assessment report which describes the 
fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological 
benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends 
research and monitoring needs. The assessment is independently peer 
reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is 
a Consensus Summary documenting Panel opinions regarding the strengths 
and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for 
SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, 
and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast 
Regional Office and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants 
include data collectors and database managers; stock assessment 
scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives 
including fishermen, environmentalists, and NGO's; International 
experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal 
agencies.
    SEDAR 30 Workshop Schedule:

July 17-19, 2012; SEDAR 30 Data Scoping Workshops

    July 17-19, 2012: 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
    An assessment data set and associated documentation will be 
developed during the Data Scoping Workshops. Participants will evaluate 
available data and select appropriate sources for providing information 
on life history characteristics, catch statistics, discard estimates, 
length and age composition, and fishery dependent and fishery 
independent measures of stock abundance.

October 16-18, 2012, 2011; SEDAR 30 Assessment Workshop

    October 16-18, 2012: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Using datasets provided by the Data Scoping Workshops, participants 
will develop population models to evaluate stock status, estimate 
population benchmarks and stock status criteria, and project future 
conditions. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods 
and configurations for determining stock status and estimating 
population parameters. Participants will prepare a workshop report, 
compare and contrast various assessment approaches, and determine 
whether the assessments are adequate for submission to the review 
panel.

February 4-7, 2013; SEDAR 30 Review Workshop

    February 4, 2013: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; February 5-7, 2013: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    The Review Workshop is an independent peer review of the assessment 
developed during the Data and Assessment Workshops. Workshop Panelists 
will review the assessment and document their comments and 
recommendations in a Consensus Summary.

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    The established times may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate 
the timely completion of discussion relevant to the assessment process. 
Such adjustments may result in the meeting being extended from, or 
completed prior to the time established by this notice.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) 
at least 10 business days prior to each workshop.

    Dated: May 2, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-10900 Filed 5-4-12; 8:45 am]
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