Notice; public meeting.
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) VMS/Enforcement Committee and Advisory Panel will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 9 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101; telephone: (207) 775-2311; fax: (207) 772-4017.
Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.
The Committee and Advisory Panel will provide an open comment period for the fishing industry, concerning compliance and effectiveness of regulations for New England Fishery Management Plans (FMPs). They will analyze enforcement of Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring FMP. They will comment on the NOAA Enforcement priorities. They will also discuss an issue raised by Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council about the need for NOAA General Counsel staff in the Northeast. Also in the agenda will be a review of Habitat Committee information on coral zones. The committee will discuss Council questions about the verification of sector landings reports and penalties. Other business may be discussed.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action 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 Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.
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 (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.
Dated: March 2, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-5601 Filed 3-7-12; 8:45 am]
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