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Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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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 September 12-17, 2004. The Council meeting will begin on Tuesday, September 14, 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. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14 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 Hyatt Regency Islandia, 1441 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA 92109; telephone: 619-224-1234.

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.

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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, Introductions

2. Roll Call

3. Executive Director's Report

4. Approve Agenda

B. Administrative Matters

1. Approval of Council Meeting Minutes

2. NMFS Revision of National Standard 1

3. Update of Council Operating Procedures (COPs) and Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures (SOPPs) Documents

4. Council Communication Plan

5. Legislative Matters

6. Fiscal Matters

7. Interim Appointments to Advisory Bodies

8. Workload Priorities and Draft November 2004 Council Meeting Agenda

C. Groundfish Management

1. California Recreational Fishery Survey (CRFS) Program Review

2. Initial Consideration of Status of Fisheries and Inseason Adjustments

3. Consideration of Limited Refinements to the 2005/06 Fishery Management Specifications

4. Red Light/Green Light Threshold for Optimum Yield Adjustments

5. NMFS Report

6. Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - Preliminary Alternatives

7. Off-Year Science Improvements Report

8. Terms of Reference for Groundfish Rebuilding Plan Review

9. Final Consideration of 2004 Inseason Adjustments

10. Expansion of Vessel Monitoring System

11. Trawl Individual Quota EIS

D. Salmon Management

1. Salmon Fishery Update

2. Salmon Methodology Review

3. Fishery Management Plan (FMP) Amendment Update

E. Marine Protected Areas

1. Guidelines for Review of Marine Reserves Issues

2. Update on Miscellaneous Marine Protected Areas Activities

3. Krill Harvest Ban Proposal

F. Pacific Halibut Management

1. Pacific Halibut Fishery Update

2. Proposed Changes to the Catch Sharing Plan and Annual Regulations

3. Review of Pacific Halibut Bycatch Estimates for Use by the International Pacific Halibut Commission

G. Habitat

Current Habitat Issues

H. Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Management

1. NMFS Report

2. FMP Amendment for Limited Entry in the High Seas Pelagic Longline Fishery

3. Stock Assessments for Albacore and Blue Fin Tuna

I. Coastal Pelagic Species Management

1. NMFS Report

2. STAR Panel Report

3. FMP Amendment—Sardine Allocation

SCHEDULE OF ANCILLARY MEETINGS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2004
Groundfish Management Team1 p.m.
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2004
Council Secretariat8 a.m.
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.
Scientific and Statistical Committee8 a.m.
Essential Fish Habitat EIS - Joint Session9:30 a.m.
National Standard 1 Briefing - Joint Session11 a.m.
Legislative Committee11 a.m.
Budget Committee1 p.m.
Enforcement Consultants4 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.
California State Delegation7 a.m.
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.
Washington State Delegation7 a.m.
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.
Scientific and Statistical Committee8 a.m.
Habitat Committee10:30 a.m.
Enforcement ConsultantsAs necessary
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.
California State Delegation7 a.m.
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.
Washington State Delegation7 a.m.
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.
Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.
Enforcement ConsultantsAs necessary
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.
California State Delegation7 a.m.
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.
Washington State Delegation7 a.m.
Groundfish Advisory Subpanel8 a.m.
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.
Enforcement ConsultantsAs necessary
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2004
Council Secretariat7 a.m.
California State Delegation7 a.m.
Oregon State Delegation7 a.m.
Washington State Delegation7 a.m.
Groundfish Advisory SubpanelAs necessary
Groundfish Management Team8 a.m.
Enforcement ConsultantsAs necessary

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 these meetings. 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: August 24, 2004.

Alan D. Risenhoover,

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

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[FR Doc. E4-1951 Filed 8-26-04; 8:45 am]

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