[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 60 (Thursday, March 28, 2013)]
[Page 18963]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07187]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC594

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) 
Recreational Advisory Panel will meet to consider actions affecting New 
England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The two-day meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 
beginning at 12 p.m. and Wednesday, April 17, 2013 beginning at 8:30 

ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Holiday 
Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA 02048; telephone: (508) 339-
2200; fax: (508) 339-1040.
    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:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Beginning at 12 p.m.

    The Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet to discuss several 
issues related to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. 
This will include a report from the Plan Development Team on catch 
reporting, as well as a progress report on issues related to the 
relative stock size of Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank haddock. Council 
staff will report on the feasibility of and progress on data analysis 
that would inform the development of Amendment 18. The Committee may 
also discuss recent sector operations plan exemption requests and may 
discuss a request for an exploration of the impact of climate change on 
status determination criteria and catch advice. If other business 
issues are raised, this will occur on the first day of the meeting.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    The Committee will devote the entire day to considering area 
management options recommended by the Closed Area Technical Team. These 
measures are intended to replace existing year round and rolling 
groundfish closures. Following review at the April Council meeting, 
these groundfish area management options would be consolidated with the 
habitat management options being proposed by the Habitat Oversight 
Committee and included as alternatives in Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2.
    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: March 25, 2013.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-07187 Filed 3-27-13; 8:45 am]