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[FR Doc No: 2012-28744]

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC366

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) 
Groundfish Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New 
England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9:30 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Colonial, One 
Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA 01880; telephone: (781) 245-9300; fax: 
(781) 245-0842.
    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 finalize 
recommendations for Framework Adjustment 48 (FW 48) to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. FW 48 will establish acceptable 
biological catch and annual catch limits for FY 2013 and beyond, will 
consider modifying management measures for sector vessels (including 
measures related to at-sea and dockside monitoring of sector trips), 
may provide an opportunity for sector vessels to access parts of the 
year-round closed areas, will consider modifying accountability 
measures for commercial and recreational vessels, may adopt gear 
requirements for small-mesh bottom trawl vessels fishing on Georges 
Bank, and several other issues. The Committee will review the draft 
framework and may develop recommendations for preferred alternatives 
for all measures. The Committee may also discuss issues related to 
monitoring a proposed sector exemption for fishing for redfish. Other 
business may also 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.

    Dated: November 21, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-28744 Filed 11-26-12; 8:45 am]