[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 8 (Thursday, January 12, 2017)]
[Pages 3737-3738]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-00486]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF147

Gulf of Mexico 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 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold a four-day meeting to consider actions affecting the Gulf of 
Mexico fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will take place on Monday, January 30 through 
Thursday, February 2, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza hotel, 
located at 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA; telephone: (504) 962-
    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. 
Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Gregory, Executive Director, 
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348-1630.



Monday, January 30, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    The Administrative/Budget Committee will conduct a review of 
advisory panels; and discuss the Council's future participation at 
Marine Resource Educational Program (MREP) Workshops. The Data 
Collection Management Committee will receive a presentation update on 
Collection Location Satellites' (CLS) America Project. The Committee 
will review the Final Action--Modifications to Generic Charter Vessel 
and Headboat Reporting Requirements in the Gulf of Mexico; and review 
Final Action--South Atlantic Council's modifications to Charter Vessel 
and Headboat Reporting Requirements. The Migratory Species Management 
Committee will receive an overview of the management of Highly 
Migratory Species (HMS); and receive a report from the International 
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in 
Portugal. The Spiny Lobster Management Committee will discuss draft 
options for Framework Amendment 1. The Joint Coral/Habitat Protection & 
Restoration Committees will receive a presentation on the Biology of 
Corals; and review a revised scoping draft for Coral Amendment 7. The 
Shrimp Management Committee will review the public hearing draft for 
Shrimp Amendment 17B.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    The Reef Fish Management Committee will receive an update on the 
SEDAR Gag Assessment; receive a summary from the Joint Ad Hoc Red 
Snapper Charter Vessel and Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panels 
(AP) meeting. The committee will review public hearing drafts for 
Amendment 44--Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) for Reef Fish Stocks, 
Public Hearing Draft of Amendment 36A--Modifications to Commercial 
Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) programs, and Public Hearing Draft of 
Amendment 46--Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan. The committee will 
review and discuss the Gulf Anglers Focus Group Report; receive a 
presentation and Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) report on 
the mechanism to carry over the unharvested Red Snapper Annual Catch 
Limit (ACL) to the following season; Preliminary 2016 Red Snapper For-
Hire Landings Relative to ACL; receive a presentation on Amendment 
36B--Commercial Reef Fish IFQ Modifications, and review Options Paper 
for Amendment 47--Modify Vermillion Snapper ACLs and Maximum 
Sustainable Yield (MSY) Proxy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    The Reef Fish Management Committee will review a draft Framework 
Action--Mutton Snapper ACL and Management Measures and Gag Commercial 
Size Limit and Standing and Reef Fish SSC Summary. Under Other Business 
the committee will discuss the 2017 recreational fishing season for 
greater amberjack. The Mackerel Committee will review Final Action--CMP 
Amendment 29--Allocation Sharing and Accountability Measures for Gulf 
King Mackerel; review of CMP AP meeting and public hearing comments; 
and review SSC discussion of updated Gulf King Mackerel.
    The Full Council will convene mid-morning (approximately 10:45 
a.m.) with a Call to Order, Announcements, Introductions; Adoption of 
Agenda and Approval of Minutes; and review of Exempt Fishing Permit 
(EFPs) Applications, if any. The Council will receive presentations on 
revisions to National Standard 1 Guidelines, Law Enforcement Report on 
Fiscal 2016 Maritime Boundary Line Activities, and Commercial Fishing 
Vessel Classification Standards. After lunch, the Council will receive 
a presentation from the Louisiana Law Enforcement Agency. The Council 
will receive public testimony from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the 
following agenda testimony items: Final Action on Generic Amendment to 
Require Electronic Reporting For-Hire Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, 
Final Action on Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 29: King Mackerel 
Allocation Sharing and Recreational Accountability Measures; and on 
Final Action--South Atlantic

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Council's modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting 
Requirements; and, hold an open public testimony period regarding any 
other fishery issues or concern. Anyone wishing to speak during public 
comment should sign in at the registration station located at the 
entrance to the meeting room.

Thursday, February 2, 2017; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Full Council will receive committee reports from Data Collection, 
Shrimp, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Administrative/Budget, Spiny Lobster, 
Migratory Species and Joint Coral/Habitat Protection & Restoration 
Management Committees; and, vote on Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) 
applications, if any. The Council will receive updates from the 
following supporting agencies: South Atlantic Fishery Management 
Council; Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; U.S. Coast Guard; 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and, the Department of State.
    Lastly, the Council will discuss any Other Business items.

--Meeting Adjourns

    The timing and order in which agenda items are addressed may change 
as required to effectively address the issue. The latest version will 
be posted on the Council's file server, which can be accessed by going 
to the Council's Web site at http://www.gulfcouncil.org and clicking on 
FTP Server under Quick Links. For meeting materials, select the 
``Briefing Books/Briefing Book 2017-01'' folder on Gulf Council file 
server. The username and password are both ``gulfguest''. The meetings 
will be webcast over the internet. A link to the webcast will be 
available on the Council's Web site, http://www.gulfcouncil.org.
    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 Kathy Pereira (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: January 6, 2017.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-00486 Filed 1-11-17; 8:45 am]