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Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Notice of public meetings.

SUMMARY:

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.

DATES:

The Council and its advisory entities will meet March 7-12, 2004. The Council meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 9, at 8 a.m., reconvening each day through Friday. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business.

ADDRESSES:

The meetings will be held at the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402; telephone: 253-572-3200.

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

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director; telephone: (503) 820-2280 or (866) 806-7204.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The following items are on the Council agenda, but not necessarily in this order:

A. Call to Order

1. Opening Remarks and Introductions

2. Roll Call

3. Executive Director's Report

4. Approve Agenda

B. Administrative Matters

1. Approval of Council Meeting Minutes

2. Legislative Matters

3. Appointments to Advisory Bodies, Standing Committees, and Other Forums

4. Draft April 2004 Council Meeting Agenda

5. Regional Council Conference: Magnuson-Stevens Act The First 25 Years

C. Salmon Management

1. Update on Pacific Salmon Commission Coho Fishery Regulatory Assessment Model for 2004 Salmon Management

2. Review of 2003 Fisheries and Summary of 2004 Stock Abundance Estimates

3. Inseason Management Recommendations for Seasons Prior to May 1 for the Commercial Fishery Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (Fort Bragg Area)

4. Identification of Management Objectives and Preliminary Definition of 2004 Salmon Management Options

5. Council Recommendations for 2004 Management Option Analysis

6. Salmon Fishery Management Plan Amendment Issues

7. Update on Mitchell Act Hatchery Needs

8. Council Direction for 2004 Management Options (If Necessary)

9. Adoption of 2004 Management Options for Public Review

10. Salmon Hearings Officers

D. Enforcement Issues

1. Contact-to-Violation Ratio in the Recreational Groundfish Fishery

2. U.S. Coast Guard Fishery Enforcement

E. Groundfish Management

1. NMFS Report

2. Lingcod and Cabezon Stock Assessments for 2005-06

3. Stock Assessment Planning for 2007-08 Fishery Management

4. Status of Groundfish Fisheries and Inseason Adjustments

5. Pacific Whiting Management

F. Pacific Halibut Management

1. NMFS Report

2. Report on International Pacific Halibut Commission Annual Meeting

3. Public Review Options for the 2004 Incidental Catch Regulations in the Salmon Troll and Fixed Gear Sablefish Fisheries

G. Habitat

1. Current Habitat Issues

2. Corals and Living Substrate Report

3. Artificial Reefs in Southern California

H. Marine Protected Areas

1. Marine Reserves in the Federal Waters Portion of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

2. Scientific and Statistical Committee Review of Marine Reserves Issues

3. Update on Other Marine Protected Area Activities

SCHEDULE OF ANCILLARY MEETINGS

SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004
Groundfish Management Team2 p.m.Tacoma 4 Room
MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2004
Council Secretariat8 a.m.Main Hall D
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.Tacoma 4 Room
Klamath Fishery Management Council8 a.m.Tacoma 1 Room
Salmon Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Main Hall E
Salmon Technical Team8 a.m.Main Hall C
Scientific and Statistical Committee8 a.m.Main Hall F
Habitat Committee1 p.m.South/Center Room
Legislative Committee11 a.m.2nd Floor Boardroom
Tribal Policy GroupAs necessaryTacoma 2 Room
Tribal and Washington Technical GroupsAs necessaryExecutive Board Room
Washington State DelegationAs necessaryNorth Room
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.Main Hall D
California State Delegation7 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.2nd Floor Boardroom
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.Tacoma 4 Room
Habitat Committee8 a.m.South/Center Room
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Salmon Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Main Hall E
Salmon Technical Team8 a.m.Main Hall C
Scientific and Statistical Committee8 a.m.Main Hall F
Enforcement ConsultantsImmediately following Council session2nd Floor Boardroom
Klamath Fishery Management CouncilAs necessaryTacoma 1 Room
Tribal Policy GroupAs necessaryTacoma 2 Room
Tribal and Washington Technical GroupsAs necessaryExecutive Board Room
Washington State DelegationAs necessaryNorth Room
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.Main Hall D
California State Delegation7 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.2nd Floor Boardroom
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.Tacoma 4 Room
Salmon Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Main Hall E
Salmon Technical Team8 a.m.Main Hall C
Scientific and Statistical Committee8 a.m.Main Hall F
Enforcement ConsultantsAs necessary2nd Floor Boardroom
Klamath Fishery Management CouncilAs necessaryTacoma 1 Room
Tribal Policy GroupAs necessaryTacoma 2 Room
Tribal and Washington Technical GroupsAs necessaryExecutive Board Room
Washington State DelegationAs necessaryNorth Room
THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.Main Hall D
California State Delegation7 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.2nd Floor Boardroom
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.Tacoma 4 Room
Salmon Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Main Hall E
Salmon Technical Team8 a.m.Main Hall C
Enforcement ConsultantsAs necessary2nd Floor Boardroom
Klamath Fishery Management CouncilAs necessaryTacoma 1 Room
Tribal Policy GroupAs necessaryTacoma 2 Room
Tribal and Washington Technical GroupsAs necessaryExecutive Board Room
Washington State DelegationAs necessaryNorth Room
FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.Main Hall D
California State Delegation7 a.m.Tacoma 3 Room
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.2nd Floor Boardroom
Salmon Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.Main Hall E
Salmon Technical Team8 a.m.Main Hall C
Enforcement ConsultantsAs necessary2nd Floor Boardroom
Tribal Policy GroupAs necessaryTacoma 1 Room
Tribal and Washington Technical GroupsAs necessaryTacoma 2 Room
Washington State DelegationAs necessaryExecutive Board Room

Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council 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 Fishery Conservation and Management 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 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: February 18, 2004.

Tracey Thompson,

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

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[FR Doc. E4-343 Filed 2-20-04; 8:45 am]

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