[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 83 (Tuesday, April 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 25255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-10142]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC621


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Public Conference Call and 
Webinar Regarding Updates to the HMS Recreational Fishing Action Plan

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

ACTION: Announcement of public conference call and webinar.

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SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a public conference call to discuss progress on 
current goals and objectives in the 2011 Atlantic Highly Migratory 
Species (HMS) Recreational Fishing Action Agenda and potential updates 
to the Agenda. The 2011 Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing Action Agenda 
was developed as part of a national effort to provide a comprehensive 
perspective of our efforts relating to recreational fisheries.

DATES: An operator-assisted, public conference call and webinar will be 
held on May 15, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., EDT.

ADDRESSES: The conference call information is phone number 800-857-
5085; participant pass code 1116226. We will also show a brief 
presentation via webinar. RSVP at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/253309785. A confirmation email with webinar log-in 
information will be sent after your RSVP has been registered. The 
presentation and any supporting information will be posted on the HMS 
Web site at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Clifford Hutt at 301-427-8503; Brad 
McHale at (978) 281-9139; or Randy Blankenship at (727) 824-5313.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Commerce manages Atlantic 
HMS, including Atlantic tunas, sharks, billfish, and swordfish, and has 
delegated that authority to NMFS. Atlantic HMS are managed under the 
dual authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Reauthorization Act (MSA) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention 
Act (ATCA). Management of HMS requires international cooperation given 
the migratory nature of the species.
    In December 2011, as part of a national effort to provide a 
comprehensive perspective of our efforts relating to recreational 
fisheries, we released the 2011 Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing 
Action Agenda to serve as a publicly available roadmap detailing 
priorities and objectives for addressing recreational fishing issues. 
Development of the 2011 Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing Action Agenda 
included input from the Atlantic HMS Advisory Panel and the Marine 
Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) Recreational Fisheries Working 
Group. The 2011 Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing Action Agenda is 
available at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/rec/12-0611_rec_action_agenda_atlantic_hms.pdf.
    On May 15, 2013, we will hold a public conference call and webinar 
to discuss updating the 2011 Atlantic HMS Recreational Fishing Action 
Agenda. The purpose of this call is to report on our progress toward 
achieving the goals and objectives laid out in the original action 
agenda, and to discuss potential revisions to the plan. Additionally, 
we will discuss efforts to improve HMS recreational fishing 
opportunities, recreational catch and effort data, social and economic 
data on recreational fisheries, and communication with recreational 
constituents.
    The call will start with a presentation, which participants and 
interested parties can follow via webinar, that will cover an overview 
of the current HMS Recreational Fishing Action Agenda, and our progress 
towards accomplishing the objectives listed therein. The presentation 
will be followed by a discussion among members of the HMS Advisory 
Panel, the MAFAC Recreational Fisheries Working Group, recreational 
constituents, academics researching HMS fisheries, non-governmental 
organizations interested in HMS recreational fishing issues, and 
members of the public. For information on how to participate in the 
call, see DATES and ADDRESSES.

    Dated: April 24, 2013.
Kara Meckley,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-10142 Filed 4-29-13; 8:45 am]
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