[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 246 (Friday, December 21, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 75615]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30728]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC410


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 (Council) is 
scheduling a public meeting of its Herring Oversight Committee on 
January 17, 2013 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in 
the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will 
be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if 
appropriate.

DATES: This meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:30 
a.m.

ADDRESSES: 
    Meeting address: 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 Committee will review/discuss 
alternatives under consideration in Framework Adjustment 2 to the 
Herring FMP and related Herring Advisory Panel (AP) recommendations as 
well as develop Committee recommendations regarding the final selection 
of measures for Framework 2. Framework 2 includes alternatives to 
modify the herring fishery specification process to allow for seasonal 
splitting of sub-ACLs (annual catch limits) in all four herring 
management areas, as well as annual carryover of un-utilized sub-ACLs 
under certain conditions. The committee will also review/discuss 
alternatives proposed in the 2013-2015 Atlantic herring fishery 
specifications and related AP recommendations and develop committee 
recommendations regarding the selection of final 2013-2015 fishery 
specifications. Fishery specifications for 2013-2015 include 
alternatives for 2013-2015 overfishing limit (OFL), acceptable 
biological catch (ABC) and ABC control rule, management uncertainty and 
a total annual catch limit (ACL), domestic annual harvesting (DAH), 
domestic annual processing (DAP), border transfer (BT), options for 
sub-ACLs (annual quotas) for four herring management areas, set-asides 
for research and fixed gear fisheries, and alternatives for 
accountability measures (AMs) in the herring fishery. The committee may 
discuss other business as necessary.
    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 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 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, Executive Director, at 978-465-
0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: December 17, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-30728 Filed 12-20-12; 8:45 am]
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