Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

 
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Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 88 (Wednesday, May 6, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 88 (Wednesday, May 6, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Page 26939]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-09628]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[RTID 0648-XA139]
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly
Migratory Species Advisory Panel
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
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SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a 1-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS)
Advisory Panel (AP) meeting via webinar in May 2020. The intent of the
meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of
Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.
DATES: The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
ADDRESSES: The meeting on Tuesday, May 21, will be accessible via
conference call and webinar. Conference call and webinar access
information are available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/event/may-2020-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.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper at (301) 427-8503.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 all Atlantic HMS FMPs and FMP
amendments since the inception of the AP in 1998.
 Generally AP meetings are held in-person, but because of current
restrictions on travel and public gatherings this AP meeting will be
conducted via webinar. 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:
 Draft Amendment 12, which would update the 2006
Consolidated HMS FMP using revised National Standard guidelines;
 A proposed rule and Environmental Assessment to modify
shark and swordfish retention limits;
 Updates on the bluefin tuna fishery and Amendment 13
(bluefin tuna).
 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-2020-hms-advisory-panel-meeting.
 Dated: April 30, 2020.
H[eacute]l[egrave]ne M.N. Scalliet,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-09628 Filed 5-5-20; 8:45 am]
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