[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 203 (Friday, October 19, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 64317]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25722]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC296


New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) 
Groundfish Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New 
England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 
Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101; telephone: (207) 775-2311; fax: 
(207) 772-4017.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water 
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion in the committee's 
agenda are as follows:
    The Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet to continue 
development of Framework Adjustment 48 to the Northeast Multispecies 
Fishery Management Plan. The Committee will review all options that 
have been developed and may select preferred alternatives for this 
action. Measures in the framework include specifications for Fishing 
Year 2013-15, additional sub-Annual Catch Limits, measures that address 
monitoring issues for groundfish sectors, changes to accountability 
measures, recreational fishing measures, and measures that would allow 
limited access to existing year-round groundfish closed areas. The 
Committee will also review suggested Council priorities for 2013, and 
may develop recommendations for those priorities. The Committee will 
also consider developing possible mitigation measures for the low catch 
levels expected in Fishing Year 2013, such as recommending the Council 
pursue measures to increase landings of skates, dogfish, and monkfish. 
Committee recommendations will be considered by the Council at the 
November Council meeting. Other business may be discussed.
    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 this meeting. Action will be restricted to 
those issues specifically identified 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

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: October 15, 2012.
William D. Chappell,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-25722 Filed 10-18-12; 8:45 am]
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