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New England 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 a public meeting.

SUMMARY:

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Committee in September, 2009 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

DATES:

This meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 9 a.m.and Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES:

This meeting will be held at the Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI 02903; telephone: (401) 861-8000; fax: (401) 861-8002.

Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The committee will clarify any outstanding issues related to alternatives under consideration in Amendment 15. Specifically, the committee will review recommendations from the PDT related to updated fishing power adjustment alternatives for stacking and leasing alternatives, recommendations from the SSC related to setting ABC control rule, and other outstanding issues. The committee will also review some preliminary impact analyses of measures under consideration. The committee will begin developing measures for Framework 21. Specifically, the committee will review input from the PDT about projections for fishing year 2010 and possible fishery specifications. Other measures under discussion are possible consideration of a new scallop access area closure in the Great South Channel with high scallop recruitment, minor modifications to the observer set-aside program, and compliance with the recent turtle biological opinion.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come Start Printed Page 40814before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council'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 Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978) 465-0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

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Dated: August 7, 2009.

Tracey L. Thompson,

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

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[FR Doc. E9-19377 Filed 8-12-09; 8:45 am]

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