[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 33 (Tuesday, February 19, 2013)]
[Page 11630]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03666]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC504

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 Oversight Committee will meet jointly with its Groundfish 
Advisory Panel to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in 
the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9 a.m.

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 Groundfish Committee will hold a joint 
meeting with the Groundfish Advisory Panel (GAP). The primary purpose 
of the meeting is to resume work on the development of Amendment 18 to 
the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (A18). A18 is being 
developed with two broad objectives; (1) to consider the establishment 
of accumulation caps for the groundfish fishery and; (2) to consider 
issues associated with fleet diversity in the multispecies fishery. A 
Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for 
this amendment was filed published on December 21, 2011 (76 FR 79153). 
After completing a scoping period in early summer of 2012, progress on 
this amendment was delayed while the Council completed other management 
actions. At this meeting, the Committee and GAP will review scoping 
comments received, analyses developed by the Plan Development Team 
(PDT), and other comments. The Committee and GAP will develop a plan to 
move forward on this amendment. They may also receive an update on a 
Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) meeting that will be 
held in February and may address other groundfish management priorities 
for FY 2013, including modifications to rebuilding plans. Other 
business may be discussed 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: February 12, 2013.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-03666 Filed 2-15-13; 8:45 am]