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Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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


Notice of a public meeting.


The Caribbean Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a 5-day meeting to discuss the items contained in the following agenda:


The meetings will be held on September 25-29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The meetings will be held at the Council Office, 270 Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 270 Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-1903; telephone: (787) 766-5926.

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—Call to Order

—Adoption of Agenda


Review outcomes from previous meeting

—Review Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) Control Rule Language

Review suggestions from General Counsel and Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) on text of Tier 4 of the control rule

Develop language to define “consensus” as used in determining Tier assignments (or otherwise alter language to remove the term)

—Action 2: Finalize establishment of stock/stock complexes for each of the Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas/St. John Fishery Management Plans (FMPs)

—Determine use of Indicator Species to recommend to the Council

—Finalize recommendations on:

—Criteria used to select indicator species

—How indicator species will be used to determine management reference points for stock complexes

—Action 3: Management Reference Points for Stocks/Stock complexes in each of the Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John and St Croix FMPs Tiered ABC Control Rule:

—Review and finalize Tier assignments (4a or 4b): Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas/St. John

—Define process for determining the scalars used in Tiered ABC Control Rule

—Define process for determining the buffer from the overfishing limit (OFL) to ABC (scientific uncertainty buffer) used in the Tiered ABC Control Rule

—Choice of scalar and scientific uncertainty buffer for Tiers 4a and 4b for the applicable stocks

Stocks/stock complexes to which the Tiered ABC CR cannot be applied:

—Recommendations on time series of landings data (year sequences) to establish reference points for the applicable stocks/stock complexes

—Recommendations on the establishment of the maximum sustainable yield proxy (e.g., mean, median, following the Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendments' approach) for the applicable stocks/Start Printed Page 42659stock complexes

—Recommendations on the scientific uncertainty buffer to determine the ABC for the applicable stocks/stock complexes

—Recommendations to the Caribbean Fishery Management Council

—Other Business

The order of business may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the completion of agenda items. The meeting will begin on September 25, 2017 at 9 a.m. Other than the start time, interested parties should be aware that discussions may start earlier or later than indicated. In addition, the meeting may be extended from, or completed prior to the date established in this notice.

Special Accommodations

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. For more information or request for sign language interpretation and other auxiliary aids, please contact Mr. Miguel A. Rolón, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 270 Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00918-1903, telephone: (787) 766-5926, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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Dated: September 6, 2017.

Jeffrey N. Lonergan,

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

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[FR Doc. 2017-19209 Filed 9-8-17; 8:45 am]