National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice of a public meeting.
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/Marine Protected Area (MPA) Oversight Committee. Recommendations from the committee will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
The meeting will held on Thursday, August 5, 2004 at 9:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the Village Inn, One Beach Street, Narragansett, RI 02882; telephone: (401) 783-6767.
Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Committee will discuss essential fish habitat (EFH) Omnibus Amendment #2 issues, including, but not limited to, the review of the draft purpose and need statement based on the approved goals and objectives, the draft timeline, Habitat Areas of Particular Concern and Dedicated Habitat Research Areas issues, and thresholds and terms of reference for EFH. They will also review of Monkfish Amendment 2/General legal guidance requested on deep-sea coral alternatives. Also on the agenda will be the discussion of Framework 40B to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan with the possible development or review of alternatives related to EFH.
They will discuss the organization of a workshop, co-sponsored by the MPA Center, to assist in the development of a draft Council MPA policy. They will hear presentations on an ongoing basis in an effort to increase the understanding of habitat and MPA related issues. Other business will be discussed at the discretion of the Committee.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. 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 the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.
This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.Start Signature
Dated: July 19, 2004.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E4-1637 Filed 7-21-04; 8:45 am]
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