National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice of availability of reports; public meetings, and hearings.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2008 ocean salmon fisheries. This document announces the availability of Council documents as well as the dates and locations of meetings and public hearings comprising a portion of the Council's schedule of events for determining the annual proposed and final modifications to ocean salmon fishery management measures. The dates and agendas for the March and April 2008 Council meetings, which are another component of the process, will be published in subsequent Federal Register documents prior to the actual meetings.
Written comments on the salmon management options must be received by April 1, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Documents will be available from, and written comments should be sent to, Mr. Donald Hansen, Chairman, Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384, telephone: (503) 820-2280 (voice) or (503) 820-2299 (fax). Comments can also be submitted via e-mail at: PFMC.firstname.lastname@example.org or through the internet at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments, and include the I.D. number in the subject line of the message.
For specific meeting and hearing locations, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Chuck Tracy, telephone: (503) 820-2280.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Schedule for Document Completion and Availability
February 28, 2008: “Review of 2007 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” and “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis for 2008 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” will be available to the public from the Council office and posted on the Council website at http://www.pcouncil.org.
March 24, 2008: “Preseason Report II-Analysis of Proposed Regulatory Options for 2008 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” and public hearing schedule will be mailed to the public and posted on the Council website at http://www.pcouncil.org. The report will include a description of the adopted salmon management options and a summary of their biological and economic impacts.
April 25, 2008: “Preseason Report III-Analysis of Council-Adopted Ocean Salmon Management Measures for 2008 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” will be available from the Council office and posted on the Council website at http://www.pcouncil.org.
May 1, 2008: Federal regulations for 2008 ocean salmon regulations will be published in the Federal Register and implemented.
Meetings and Hearings
January 22-25, 2008: The Salmon Technical Team (STT) will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2007 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2008 ocean salmon fisheries.Start Printed Page 170
February 19-22, 2008: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis for 2008 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2008 ocean salmon fisheries.
March 31-April 1, 2008: Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management options adopted by the Council. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
March 31, 2008: Chateau Westport, Beach Room, 710 W Hancock, Westport, WA 98595, telephone: (360) 268-9101.
March 31, 2008: Red Lion Hotel, Umpqua Room, 1313 N Bayshore Drive, Coos Bay, OR 97420, telephone: (541) 267-4141.
April 1, 2008: Red Lion Eureka, Evergreen Room, 1929 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501, telephone: (707) 445-0844.
Although non emergency issues not contained in the Salmon Technical Team (STT) meeting agendas may come before the STT for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal STT action during these meetings. STT action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and to any issues arising after publication of this document requiring emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the STT's intent to take final action to address the emergency.
The 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 (voice), or (503) 820-2299 (fax) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.Start Signature
Dated: December 27, 2007.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E7-25436 Filed 12-31-07; 8:45 am]
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