[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 180 (Monday, September 17, 2012)]
[Page 57076]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22847]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC237

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 (Council) is 
scheduling a public meeting of its Groundfish Advisory Panel 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 Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, One Newbury 
Street, Peabody, MA 01960; telephone: (978) 535-4600; fax: (978) 535-
    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 Groundfish Advisory Panel (GAP) will 
meet to discuss development of Framework Adjustment 48 to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The panel will: Discuss possible 
adjustments to management measures for sectors. The focus of this 
discussion will be on possible changes to the sector monitoring 
program, but may also consider other sector management issues. The GAP 
will also discuss dockside, at-sea and electronic monitoring options; 
discuss possible changes to the treatment of Annual Catch Limits and 
Accountability Measures and discuss measures that may increase access 
to year-round closed areas and other measures that may be intended to 
mitigate the effects of anticipate low catch quotas. Other business may 
also be discussed. GAP recommendations will be provided to the 
Groundfish Oversight Committee at a future meeting. 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 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: September 12, 2012.
William D. Chappell,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-22847 Filed 9-14-12; 8:45 am]