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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 a public meeting.


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


The GAC meeting will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until business for the day is completed. The GAC will reconvene Wednesday, May 16, 2007 and Thursday, May 17, at 8:30 a.m. each day until their business is completed.


The GAC meeting will be held at the Hilton-Vancouver Hotel, Hemlock-Oak Room, 301 W. 6th St., Vancouver, WA 98660; telephone: (360) 993-4500.

Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

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

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The purpose of the GAC meeting is to consider draft alternatives, preliminary analyses, and other material for rationalizing the Pacific Coast limited entry groundfish trawl industry (trawl rationalization), and for allocating Pacific Coast groundfish stocks and stock complexes to the various Pacific Coast fishery sectors (intersector allocation). Trawl rationalization issues will be discussed by the GAC on Tuesday and Wednesday, May, 15-16; and intersector allocation issues will be discussed on Thursday, May 17. No management actions will be decided by the GAC. The GAC's role will be of development of recommendations and refinement of draft alternatives for analysis in two contemplated Environmental Impact Statements. The GAC recommendations will be provided for consideration by the Council at its June 2007 meeting in Foster City, CA.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GAC for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal GAC action during this meeting. GAC 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 GAC'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 25, 2007.

Tracey L. Thompson,

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

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[FR Doc. E7-8144 Filed 4-27-07; 8:45 am]