[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 89 (Monday, May 9, 2011)]
[Pages 26706-26707]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-11181]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA418

New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


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 Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Boston North 
Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923; telephone: (978) 777-2500; 
fax: (978) 750-7991.
    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 begin work on 
Framework Adjustment 47 (FW 47) to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery 
Management Plan. FW 47 will adopt Annual Catch Limits for fishing years 
2012-2014 and will address several management issues. The Committee 
will discuss adjustments to accountability measures for windowpane 
flounder, ocean pout, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic wolffish, and SNE/MA 
winter flounder. They will also discuss modifications to the cap on 
yellowtail flounder that applies to the scallop fishery access areas in 
Closed Area I, Closed Area II, and the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area. 
The Committee will discuss whether changes are needed to the Georges 
Bank yellowtail flounder rebuilding strategy as a result of the 
International Fisheries Agreement Clarification Act. They will also 
review public comments on Amendment 17, an amendment that if approved 
will authorize state permit banks, and will consider making a 
recommendation to the Council for that amendment. The Committee will 
consider providing advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service to 
consider when making in-season adjustments to common pool trip limits 
and days-at-sea adjustments. Council staff will update the Committee on 
plans for a sector workshop. 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.

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    Dated: May 3, 2011.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-11181 Filed 5-6-11; 8:45 am]