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


Notice of public meeting.


The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for bocaccio and black rockfish will hold a work session which is open to the public.


The bocaccio and black rockfish STAR Panel will meet beginning at 10 a.m., April 21, 2003. The meeting will continue on April 22, 2003 beginning at 8 a.m. through April 25, 2003. The meetings will end at 5 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.


The bocaccio and black rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz Laboratory Conference Room, 110 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; telephone: 831-420-3900.

Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

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Mr. John DeVore, Groundfish Staff Officer; 503-820-2280.

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The purpose of the meeting is to review draft stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information, work with the Stock Assessment Team to make necessary revisions, and produce a STAR Panel report for use by the Council family and other interested persons.

Entry to the Southwest Fisheries Science Center requires identification with photograph (such as a student ID, state drivers license, etc.).

Although nonemergency issues not contained in STAR Panel agendas may come before the STAR panel for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal panel action during this meeting. STAR Panel 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 Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the panel's intent to take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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Dated: April 1, 2003.

Theophilus R. Brainerd,

Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-8394 Filed 4-4-03; 8:45 am]