[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 173 (Thursday, September 7, 1995)]
[Pages 46576-46577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-22091]


[I.D. 081895C]

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of meetings.


SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its 
advisory bodies will meet the week of September 25, 1995.

DATES: The meetings are scheduled as follows:
    1. Advisory Panel (AP)--September 25 to September 29, 1995, 8:00 
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    2. Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC)--September 25 to 
September 28, 1995, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    3. Council--September 27, 1995, 8:00 a.m., and expected to continue 
through October 2, 1995.

ADDRESSES: The AP and SSC will meet at the Quality Inn, 17001 Pacific 

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Highway South, Seattle, WA. The Council will meet at the Radisson 
Hotel, adjacent to the Quality Inn.
    Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, P.O. Box 
103136, Anchorage, AK 99510.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: North Pacific Fishery Management 
Council; telephone: 907-271-2809.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The agenda for the Council meeting will 
include the following subjects:
    1. Oath of office to new Council appointees and election of 
Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council.
    2. Reports on domestic fisheries by the Alaska Department of Fish 
and Game and NMFS, enforcement reports from NMFS and the U.S. Coast 
Guard, report on international fishery issues, and a report on the 
status of Steller sea lions.
    3. Status report on the Sablefish and Halibut Individual Fishing 
Quota (IFQ) program and review of several proposed changes to the plan.
    4. Observer Oversight Committee report and review of observer 
program fee concerns, including staff report on proposals to address 
Council concerns.
    5. Review of discussion papers on full utilization, improved 
retention and harvest priority, individual bycatch quotas, and rock 
sole seasonal apportionment.
    6. Review of the License Limitation System to clarify issues and 
report on the status of proposed regulations, review of a work plan for 
a Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock IFQ system, and report on 
the status of the moratorium on groundfish and crab fisheries.
    7. Review of Council operations, including annual cycle for 
amendment proposals.
    8. Review of pollock Community Development Quota (CDQ) applications 
for 1996-98, receipt of a status report from the State of Alaska on 
adding Akutan to the CDQ eligibility list, and consider establishing a 
CDQ Implementation Committee.
    9. Review of status of stocks for crab fisheries and set time for a 
joint meeting of the Council and Alaska Board of Fisheries.
    10. Status report on Amendment 1 to the Scallop Fishery Management 
Plan; possible emergency action to open federal waters in early 1996.
    11. Review and approval of initial Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/
Aleutian Islands (BSAI) stock assessment and fishery evaluation reports 
for 1996, and approval of initial 1996 groundfish and bycatch 
specifications for public review, including vessel incentive program 
rate standards and discard mortality rates for halibut.
    12. Initial review of amendments for grid sorting of halibut; 
revisions to the Pacific ocean perch rebuilding plan, overfishing 
definitions and crab protection closure areas; a forage fish amendment, 
rock sole seasonal apportionments, and inseason flexibility to move 
crab prohibited species catch between BSAI Zones 1 and 2; and 
reauthorization of BSAI cod allocation by gear type.
    13. Review of proposals received for amendments to the groundfish 
fishery management plans. Other groundfish issues to be discussed, time 
permitting, include: A report on a trawl mesh experiment, a NMFS report 
on frameworking inseason micro-management measures, and review of a 
draft proposed rule to require scale weight measurements of catch in 
the pollock fishery.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Helen Allen, 907-271-2809, at 
least 5 working days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: August 30, 1995.
Richard H. Schaefer,
Director, Office of Fisheries Conservation and Management, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 95-22091 Filed 9-6-95; 8:45 am]