National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice; public meeting.
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Joint 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, June 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740; telephone: (774) 634-2000; fax: (774) 634-2001.
Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.
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The items of discussion in the committee and advisory panel's agenda are:
To review alternatives under consideration in Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2 and provide recommendations regarding enforceability. Habitat Amendment alternatives include year-round and seasonal areas intended to conserve habitats, protect groundfish spawning, and facilitate research, with various gear restrictions according to the area's purpose. Also on the agenda is the discussion and preparation of a letter commenting on the proposed rule regarding gear stowage, and specifically to comment to include the yellow mesh in addition to orange mesh in the additional measures. Other business may be discussed as necessary.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may be discussed, 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 Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.
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Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-12200 Filed 5-27-14; 8:45 am]
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