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General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Convention (IATTC); Initial Meeting of New Committee Members

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


Notice of public meeting.


NMFS announces the first meeting of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC on September 24, 2003.


The open sessions of the General Advisory Committee meeting will be held on September 24, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A closed session will be held September 24, 2003, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


The meetings will be held at NMFS, Southwest Regional Office, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90803-4213.

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J. Allison Routt at (562) 980-4019.

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In accordance with the Tuna Conventions Act, as amended, the Department of State has appointed a General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC. The U.S. section consists of the four U.S. Commissioners to the IATTC and the representative of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans Start Printed Page 53352and Fisheries. The Advisory Committee supports the work of the U.S. Section in a solely advisory capacity with respect to U.S. participation in the work of the IATTC, with particular reference to the development of policies and negotiating positions pursued at meetings of the IATTC. The NMFS, Southwest Region, administers the Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Department of State.

The General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC will meet to receive and discuss information on: (1) the results of the June 2003 Annual Meeting of the IATTC, (2) the upcoming extraordinary meeting of the IATTC scheduled for October 6 and 7, 2003, (3) 2003 IATTC activities, (4) recent and upcoming meetings of IATTC working groups, and (5) Advisory Committee operational issues. The public will have access to the open sessions of the meeting, but there will be no opportunity for public comment.

The General Advisory Committee will go into executive session during the afternoon of September 24, 2003, to discuss sensitive information relating to the U.S. negotiating position on issues on the agenda for the upcoming IATTC meeting and working groups including conservation and management measures for yellowfin and bigeye tuna for 2003, measures to be taken in cases of non-compliance with the IATTC's conservation and management measures, management of fishing capacity, measures to address bycatch and other issues.

Special Accommodations

The meeting location is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Allison Routt at (562) 980-4019 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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Dated: September 4, 2003.

Richard W. Surdi,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-23009 Filed 9-9-03; 8:45 am]