[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 224 (Monday, November 22, 1999)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63791-63792]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-30421]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[I.D. 111599A]


North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of 
MeetingsAGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Meetings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and 
its advisory committees.

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SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its 
advisory committees will hold public meetings.

DATES: The Council and its advisory bodies will meet in Anchorage, 
Alaska the week of December 6, 1999. The Scientific Committee will 
begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 6, and continue through 
Wednesday, December 8. The Advisory Panel will begin at 8:00 a.m. on 
Monday, December 6, and continue through December 9. The Council will 
begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8, and continue through 
Monday, December 13. All meetings are open to the public except 
Executive Sessions which may be held during the week to discuss 
litigation and/or personnel matters.

ADDRESSES: All meetings will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 500 W. Third 
Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska.
    Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 
4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501-2252.


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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Council staff, Phone: 907-271-2809.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Council

    The agenda for the Council's plenary session will include the 
following issues. The Council may take appropriate action on any of the 
issues identified.

Reports

    Executive Director's Report
    State Fisheries Report by Alaska Department of Fish and Game
    National Marine Fisheries Service Management Report
    Enforcement and Surveillance Reports

American Fisheries Act

    Review co-op performance reports and agreements.
    Comment on proposed rule for 2000, particularly with regard to 
vessel exemptions.
    Update analysis of excessive shares/processing sideboards.

Essential Fish Habitat

    Comment on interim final rule.

Halibut Charter Guideline Harvest Level

    Initial review of alternatives and analysis.

Steller sea lions

    Status report on litigation.
    Comment on proposed rule for 2000.
    Discuss adaptive management strategies and results of evening 
workshop.

Pacific Cod License Limitation Program Endorsements

    Discussion paper on grandfather provisions and progress on 
analysis.

Groundfish Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)

    Status report and comment on notice of intent.

Halibut Subsistence

    Review alternatives and analysis and give direction to staff.

Alaska Board of Fisheries

    Receive summary of October work session and review Board of 
Fisheries proposals of mutual concern.

Groundfish Specifications for 2000

    Approve final Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Groundfish Stock 
Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report.
    Approve final 2000 BSAI groundfish and prohibited species 
apportionments.
    Approve final Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Groundfish Stock Assessment and 
Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report.
    Approve final 2000 GOA groundfish and prohibited species 
apportionments.
    Approve assumed halibut discard mortality rates.

Advisory Meetings

Advisory Panel

    With the exception of the reports listed above, the agenda for the 
Advisory Panel will mirror that of the Council listed above.

Scientific and Statistical Committee

    The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will address the 
following items:
    Groundfish SAFEs and specifications for 2000 for BSAI and GOA 
groundfish.
    Initial review of alternatives and the analysis for the halibut 
charter harvest guideline level.
    Progress on the Groundfish SEIS.
    Comment on the interim final rule for essential fish habitat.
    Other committees and workgroups may hold impromptu meetings 
throughout the meeting week. Such meetings will be announced during 
regularly-scheduled meetings of the Council, Advisory Panel, and SSC, 
and will be posted at the hotel.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 
of formal Council action during this meeting. Council 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 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

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Helen Allen at 907-271-2809 at 
least 7 working days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: November 17, 1999.
Richard W. Surdi,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 99-30421 Filed 11-19-99; 8:45 am]
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