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Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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


Notice of public meeting.


The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a working meeting, which is open to the public.


The GMT meeting will be held Monday, May 23, 2005 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, May 24 through Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. until business for the day is completed.


The GMT meeting will be held at the Pacific Fishery Management Council office, West Conference Room, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97220-1384. Telephone: 503-820-2280.

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

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Mr. John DeVore, Groundfish Management Coordinator; telephone: 503-820-2280.

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The purpose of the GMT meeting is to discuss groundfish management measures in place for the spring and summer months and consider inseason adjustments to ongoing West Coast groundfish fisheries, respond to assignments relating to implementation of the Council's groundfish strategic plan, discuss new groundfish stock assessments, discuss implementation strategies for Groundfish Fishery Management Plan Amendment 18, discuss alternatives for specifying and protecting West Coast groundfish essential fish habitat, discuss a range of alternatives for developing an individual quota (or dedicated access) program for the West Coast limited entry trawl fishery, discuss alternative revision rules for adopted groundfish rebuilding plans, and address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. The GMT's role will be development of recommendations for consideration by the Council at its June meeting in Foster City, California.

Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GMT for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal GMT action during this meeting. GMT 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 GMT's intent to take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

This 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 15, 2005.

Emily Menashes,

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

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[FR Doc. E5-1856 Filed 4-19-05; 8:45 am]