[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 82 (Friday, April 27, 2012)]
[Pages 25143-25144]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10152]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.


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

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Colonial, One 
Audubon Road Wakefield, MA 01880; telephone: (781) 245-9300; fax: (781) 
    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.



    The Recreational Advisory Panel (RAP) will meet to discuss 
Northeast Multispecies management measures for

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fishing year 2013 and beyond. RAP members will discuss potential 
recreational fishing measures for Gulf of Maine cod, Georges Bank cod, 
Gulf of Maine haddock, and other stocks. The panel may consider such 
measures as bag limits, minimum size adjustments, seasons, or closed 
areas. The panel may consider using measures that differ between the 
party/charter and private fleets. The RAP will also discuss Annual 
Catch Limits and Accountability Measures, and may recommend changes to 
how these are implemented for the groundfish fishery. RAP members will 
also discuss commercial fishing activity in the inshore Gulf of Maine 
and the possible effects it may have on recreational fishing 
opportunities. Other business may also be discussed. RAP 
recommendations will be considered by the Groundfish Oversight 
Committee at a future date.
    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: April 24, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-10152 Filed 4-26-12; 8:45 am]