National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice of public meeting and webinar/conference call.
NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in May 2019. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.
The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 23.
The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The meeting presentations will also be available via WebEx webinar/conference call.
The meeting on Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, will also be accessible via conference call and webinar. Conference call and webinar access information are available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/event/may-2019-hms-advisory-panel-meeting.
Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in 15 minutes prior to the meeting. NMFS will show the presentations via webinar and allow public comment during identified times on the agenda.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
George Silva or Peter Cooper at (301) 427-8503.
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The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104-297, provided for the establishment of an AP to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any FMP or FMP amendment for Atlantic HMS. NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of AP members when preparing and implementing FMPs or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks.
The AP has previously consulted with NMFS on: Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999); the HMS FMP (April 1999); Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003); the Consolidated HMS FMP (October 2006); and Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (April and October 2008, February and September 2009, May and September 2010, April and September 2011, March and September 2012, January and September 2013, April and September 2014, March and September 2015, March, September, and December 2016, May and September 2017, and March and September 2018), among other things.
The intent of this meeting is to consider alternatives for the conservation and management of all Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and shark fisheries. We anticipate discussing:Start Printed Page 8307
- Three-year review of Amendment 7 on bluefin tuna management;
- A proposed rule and draft Environmental Impact Statement for pelagic longline bluefin tuna area-based and weak hook management measures;
- Scoping for Amendments 13 (bluefin tuna), and spatial management research and data collection.
We also anticipate inviting other NMFS offices and the United States Coast Guard to provide updates, if available, on their activities relevant to HMS fisheries.
Additional information on the meeting and a copy of the draft agenda will be posted prior to the meeting at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/event/may-2019-hms-advisory-panel-meeting.
This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Peter Cooper at (301) 427-8503 at least 7 days prior to the meeting.
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Dated: March 4, 2019.
Karen H. Abrams,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-04108 Filed 3-6-19; 8:45 am]
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