[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 233 (Tuesday, December 4, 2012)]
[Page 71786]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29242]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC375

New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold 
a one-day meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries 
in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Colonial Hotel, 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.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Following introductions and any announcements, the Council will 
make final decisions on Framework Adjustment 48 to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. Specifically it is scheduled to 
review and select preferred alternatives concerning the following 
    [ssquf] Acceptable biological catch and annual catch limits for 
fishing year 2013 and beyond;
    [ssquf] Management measures for sector vessels (including measures 
related to at-sea and dockside monitoring of sector trips);
    [ssquf] Sector vessel access to parts of the year-round closed 
areas; and
    [ssquf] Changes to the accountability measures for commercial and 
recreational vessels, gear requirements for small-mesh bottom trawl 
vessels fishing on Georges Bank, and several other issues.
    The Council also will review proposed monitoring requirements for a 
sector exemption request designed to facilitate the targeting of 
redfish. Any other related business that has not been covered under the 
stated agenda items listed above will be considered before adjournment 
at the end of the day.
    Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda 
may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be 
the subjects of formal action during this meeting. Council 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 that 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.

    Dated: November 29, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-29242 Filed 12-3-12; 8:45 am]