[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 171 (Tuesday, September 4, 2012)]
[Page 53869]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21688]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC213

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) Herring 
Committee will meet jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fishery 
Council's (ASMFC) Section to consider actions affecting New England 
fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 9:30 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Comfort Inn, 1940 Post Road, 
Warwick, RI 02886; telephone: (401) 732-0470; fax: (401) 732-6872.
    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 Herring Committee and the ASMFC Section will meet to develop 
Atlantic herring fishery specifications for the upcoming fishing years 
(2013-15); discussion may include specifications related to the 
overfishing limit (OFL), acceptable biological catch (ABC), management 
uncertainty and a stockwide annual catch limit (ACL), domestic annual 
harvesting (DAH), domestic annual processing (DAP), border transfer 
(BT), sub-ACLs for the four herring management areas, and set-asides 
for research and the fixed gear fishery. They will discuss the recent 
court decision regarding Amendment 4 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP), related correspondence, and possible upcoming 
Council actions, including a possible action to maintain the 2012 
specifications through 2013 and develop a comprehensive specifications 
package for 2014-16 to address some elements of the Amendment 4 court 
order. Also on the agenda will be the review and discussion of the 
recent benchmark stock assessment for Atlantic Herring (SAW/SARC 54). 
The Committees will also review and discuss recommendations of the 
Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) regarding 
scientific uncertainty and the specification of ABC. They will review 
and discuss issues related to management uncertainty and develop 
recommendation for specification of management uncertainty and a 
stockwide ACL.
    Additionally, the Committees will discuss other elements of herring 
fishery specifications and possible options for management area sub-
ACLs. They will address other business as necessary.
    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: August 29, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-21688 Filed 8-31-12; 8:45 am]