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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Public Meetings

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


Notice of open public meeting.


Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). This will be the second meeting to be held in the calendar year 2009. Agenda topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. All full Committee sessions will be open to the public.


The meetings will be held November 10-12, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Washington DC/Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-589-0800.

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Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 713-2239 x-120; e-mail:

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As required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, notice is hereby given of a meeting of MAFAC. MAFAC was established by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on February 17, 1971, to advise the Secretary on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. This committee advises and reviews the adequacy of living marine resource policies and programs to meet the needs of commercial and recreational fisheries, and environmental, State, consumer, Start Printed Page 54963academic, tribal, governmental and other national interests. The complete charter and summaries of prior meetings are located online at​ocs/​mafac/​.

Matters To Be Considered

This agenda is subject to change.

The meeting will include discussion of various MAFAC administrative and organizational matters, including: subcommittee membership, chairmanship, upcoming workplans and recruitment of new members. The Committee will hear presentations and discuss policies and guidance on the following topics: draft catch share policy; the Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, the policy framework, implementation, and marine spatial planning; revisions and update to MAFAC's Vision 2020 document, and the new recreational fisheries advisor role. Updates will be presented on Magnuson-Stevens Act implementation, NOAA budgets, the legislative agenda, and the NOAA alignment of headquarters leadership.

Special Accommodations

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 713-2239 x120 by 5 p.m. on October 30, 2009.

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Dated: October 20, 2009.

John Oliver,

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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[FR Doc. E9-25717 Filed 10-23-09; 8:45 am]