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


Notice of a public meeting.


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC), in conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission's Law Enforcement Committee (LEC).


The meeting will convene on Wednesday, October 16, 2019; starting 8:30 a.m. and will adjourn at 5 p.m.


The meeting will be held at the Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel and Casino, 151 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39530; telephone (228) 535-5400.

Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 4107 W Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

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Dr. Ava Lasseter, Anthropologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council;, telephone: (813) 348-1630, and Mr. Steve Vanderkooy, Inter-jurisdictional Fisheries (IJF) Coordinator, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission;, telephone: (228) 875-5912.

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The items of discussion on the agenda are as follows:

Joint Gulf Council's Law Enforcement Technical Committee and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission's Law Enforcement Committee Meeting Agenda, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Until 5 p.m.

1. Introductions and Adoption of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes (Joint Meeting March 20, 2019)

Gulf Council LETC Items

3. IUU Fishing—Coordinating Reponses to Federal Determination Regarding Mexico's Certification

4. Possession Limits on For-Hire Trips Over 24 Hours

5. Recreational Greater Amberjack—Fractional Bag Limits

6. Commercial IFQ Program Modifications—Estimated Weights in Advance Landing Notifications

7. SEFHEIR—Onboard Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EM/ER) Systems in the Gulf Region For-Hire (Charter and Guide) Vessels

8. Maximum Crew Size on Dual-Permitted (Commercial and For-Hire) Vessels Fishing in Federal Waters

9. EFPs/State Management—Enforcement of Red Snapper Seasons

10. Officer/Team of the Year Award Update

11. LETC Other Business


12. Future of Joint Enforcement Agencies (JEAs) and JEA Funding Discussion

13. Status of State Waters FADs

14. IJF Program Activity

a. Red Drum Profile Status

b. Mangrove Snapper Profile LE Membership

c. Annual License and Fees

d. Law Summary (red book)

15. State Report Highlights

a. Florida

b. Alabama

c. Mississippi

d. Louisiana

e. Texas




16. Other Business

—Meeting Adjourns

The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with other meeting materials will be posted on as they become available.

The Law Enforcement Technical Committee consists of principal law enforcement officers in each of the Gulf States, as well as the NOAA Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the NOAA General Counsel for Law Enforcement.

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda 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 action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Gulf Council Office (see ADDRESSES), at least 5 working days prior to the meeting.

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Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

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Dated: September 11, 2019.

Tracey L. Thompson,

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

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[FR Doc. 2019-19963 Filed 9-13-19; 8:45 am]