[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 106 (Friday, June 1, 2012)]
[Page 32573]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13273]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); 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 (Council) is 
scheduling a joint public meeting of its Groundfish and Scallop 
Committees on June 18, 2012 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 Monday, June 18, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 
Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101; telephone: (207) 775-2311; fax: 
(207) 761-8224.
    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 NEFMC's Groundfish and Scallop Oversight 
Committees will hold a joint meeting. The Committees will discuss the 
low fishing year 2012 annual catch limit (ACL) for Georges Bank 
yellowtail flounder and will develop recommendations for the Council on 
how to mitigate the impacts of this restrictive catch. The Committees 
may discuss regulatory measures such as gear requirements, possession 
limits or other restrictions on fishing activity, as well as possible 
adjustments to sub-ACLs of Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. They may 
also discuss modifications to the way groundfish and scallop 
accountability measures are implemented. Committee discussions will not 
be limited solely to actions that the Council may take. They may also 
develop recommendations for actions by the National Marine Fisheries 
Service, science--industry partners or suggestions for the 
Transboundary Management Guidance Committee. Any recommendations will 
be forwarded to the Council at a future date. Other business may be 
    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: May 29, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-13273 Filed 5-31-12; 8:45 am]