[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 142 (Wednesday, July 24, 2013)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-17774]

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC777

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its 
Research Set-Aside Committee (RSA), and its Ecosystems and Ocean 
Planning Committee will hold public meetings.

DATES: The meetings will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2013 through 
Thursday, August 15, 2013. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific 
dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Double Tree Hilton 
Wilmington, 4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE telephone: (302) 478-
    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. 
State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D. Executive 
Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    1 p.m. until 3 p.m.--The RSA Committee will meet.
    3 p.m. until 5 p.m.--The Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee 
with Advisors will meet.
    5 p.m. until 6 p.m.--The Listening Session will be held.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    9 a.m.--The Council will convene.
    9 a.m. until 9:15 a.m.--Swearing in of new and reappointed Council 
members and the election of Council Officers will be held.
    9:15 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.--A discussion of the Strategic Plan will 
be held.
    10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.--The Deep Sea Coral Amendment will be 
    1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.--The Omnibus Baseline Amendment will be 
    2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.--Surfclams and Ocean Quahogs will be 
    3 p.m. until 4 p.m.--Butterfish research will be discussed from
    4 p.m. until 5--The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council 
(SAFMC) will hold a public hearing.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

    9 a.m. until 1 p.m.--The Council will hold its regular Business 
Session to approve the June 2013 minutes, receive Organizational 
Reports, the New England and South Atlantic Liaison Reports, the 
Executive Director's Report, the Science Report, Committee Reports, and 
conduct any continuing and/or new business.
    Agenda items by day for the Council's Committees and the Council 
itself are:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    The RSA Committee will develop research recommendations for 2015 
and discuss Council policy for future RSA research prioritization and 
Request for Proposal development. The Ecosystems and Ocean Planning 
Committee will meet with Advisors to review and approve the Deep Sea 
Coral alternatives for Public Hearing. The Listening Session will focus 
on Mid-Atlantic ocean wind power and fisheries.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    The Council will swear in new and reappointed Council Members and 
elect Council Officers. The Council will review public comments and 
approve the Strategic Plan and discuss development of an implementation 
plan. The Council will approve alternatives for public hearings for the 
Deep Sea Coral Amendment. The Council will receive an Omnibus Baseline 
Amendment update on National Marine Fisheries Service actions on NE 
vessel replacement restrictions. The Council will discuss possible 
approaches to update Biological Reference Points and Optimum Yield 
range for Surfclams and Ocean Quahogs. The Council will hear the 
results of butterfish and longfin squid bio-economic research from 
recent Duke and University of Delaware graduate students. The SAFMC 
will hold a public hearing for the Generic Dealer Amendment, Amendment 
5 to Dolphin/Wahoo, Amendment 19 and 20 to the Joint Coastal Migratory 
Pelagics (CMP), and the Framework to CMP.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

    The Council will hold its regular Business Session to approve the 
June 2013 minutes, receive Organizational Reports to include a 
presentation from the US Coast Guard on Enforceability Precepts for 
Northeast Regional Fishery Management Councils, the New England and 
South Atlantic Liaison Reports, the Executive Director's Report, 
Science Report, Committee Reports, receive and approve SSC nominations, 
and conduct any continuing and/or new business.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 
those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these 
meetings. Actions 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 Act, provided the public has been notified of the 
Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at 
least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: July 19, 2013.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-17774 Filed 7-23-13; 8:45 am]