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Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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


Notice of a public workshop.


The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), in partnership with Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is conducting a South Atlantic Ecosystem Tools and Model Development Workshop in Beaufort, NC.


The Ecosystem Modeling Workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on February 21, 2008, and from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on February 22, 2008.


The workshop will be held at the Duke Repass Center, Duke Marine Laboratory, 135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort, NC 28516; telephone: (252) 504-7501.

Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405.

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Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer; telephone (843) 571-4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email:

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The Workshop is designed to provide an understanding of regional data availability, partner capabilities, tool and model development status and funding mechanisms to support multiple task-based Ecosystem model development efforts in the South Atlantic region. The Workshop is designed to build on previous coordination meetings and model development efforts to establish short-term development and long-term development strategies necessary to support ecosystem-based management, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Fishery Ecosystem Plan and future Comprehensive Fishery Ecosystem Amendments.

Special Accommodations

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the meetings.

Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change.

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Dated: January 25, 2008.

Tracey L. Thompson,

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

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[FR Doc. E8-1601 Filed 1-29-08; 8:45 am]