Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
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The Ecosystem-Based Management Committee will review the status for Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3), review the list of items and develop recommendations for CE-BA 4, and will receive an update on ecosystem activities.
The Shrimp Committee will receive: an overview of public hearing comments for Shrimp Amendment 9, which would expedite the closure process during severe cold events in order to protect overwintering shrimp populations and would revise the Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) proxy for pink shrimp; and a report from the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The Committee will develop recommendations for the amendment and is scheduled to recommend approval of Amendment 9 for formal review.
The SEDAR Committee will receive an activities update as well as a presentation on the SSC Only Reliable Catch Stocks (ORCS) Workshop. The Committee will provide guidance to the SEDAR Steering Committee representatives and will receive an overview of SEDAR 32, pertaining to gray triggerfish and blueline tilefish. The Committee is scheduled to approve the SEDAR schedule and make appointments to SEDAR 32 (closed session).
The Snapper Grouper Committee will receive updates on Oculina research activities and the status of catches versus quotas for commercial and recreational species under Annual Catch Limits (ACLs). The Committee will also receive a presentation on “Catch and Discard Characterization for Red Snapper, Warsaw Grouper and Speckled Hind”. The Committee will review the status of amendments currently under formal review, including: The status of the red snapper emergency action request; Regulatory Amendment 12 pertaining to the golden tilefish ACL adjustment; the resubmittal of Action 4 in Amendment 18A addressing the transferability of black sea bass endorsements; Amendment 20A regarding the wreckfish Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ); and Amendment 18B that includes measures to limit participation in the commercial golden tilefish fishery. The Committee will also review an emergency rule request to delay the start of the golden tilefish fishing season. The Committee will discuss the status of the proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) for speckled hind and warsaw grouper, including an overview of input from the public workshops and an update on SSC discussions. Additionally, the Committee will receive an overview for: Regulatory Amendment 13, regarding adjustments of snapper grouper ACLs based on Marine Recreational Fishing Statistical Survey/Marine Recreational Information Program (MRFSS/MRIP) calibration; Amendment 22, pertaining to the development of the red snapper tag program; and Regulatory Amendment 14, regarding an overview of management history and current regulations for mutton snapper, greater amberjack, gray triggerfish, black sea bass and vermilion snapper. The Committee will discuss the blue runner issue as well as the Council's vision for the future of the snapper grouper fishery. The Committee will provide guidance and recommendations to staff on timing, actions and alternatives.
The Ad Hoc Data Collection Committee will receive presentations on results of bycatch monitoring and the NMFS quota monitoring system. The Committee will: Review public hearing comments for the Joint Gulf and South Atlantic Council Generic Dealer Permit; finalize Committee recommendations; and recommend approval of the permit for formal review. The Committee will: Review public hearing comments for commercial vessel, for-hire vessel and discard reporting actions in CE-BA 3; finalize Committee recommendations for CE-BA 3; and recommend approval of these items for formal review.
The King and Spanish Mackerel Committee will receive updates on: the status of commercial and recreational catches versus quotas; the Joint Gulf and South Atlantic Mackerel Amendment 19, pertaining to permits and tournament sale requirements; and Amendment 20, regarding boundaries and transit provisions. The Committee will modify Amendments 19 and 20 as appropriate and provide guidance to staff. The Committee will review public input on the South Atlantic Mackerel Framework Amendment and will provide guidance to staff.
There will be an informal public question and answer session with the NMFS Regional Administrator and the Council Chairman on September 12, 2012, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Advisory Panel Selection Committee will review advisory panel applications and develop recommendations for appointments.
The Golden Crab Committee will receive a briefing on the golden crab permit holders meeting and an overview of Amendment 6, pertaining to establishing a catch share program for the commercial golden crab fishery. The Committee will modify the amendment as appropriate and will recommend the approval of Amendment 6 for formal review.
The Executive Finance Committee will: review the status of Council Year (CY) 2012 budget expenditures; discuss joint South Florida management issues; and discuss other issues as appropriate.
Council Session: September 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and September 14, 2012, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Council Session: September 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
A formal public comment session will be held on September 13, 2012, beginning at 2 p.m., on: Shrimp Amendment 9; the Joint Gulf and South Atlantic Dealer Permit; CE-BA 3; the emergency rule request to delay the start of the golden tilefish season; and Golden Crab Amendment 6; followed by comment on any other item on the agenda.
Council Session: September 14, 2012, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Documents regarding these issues are available from the Council office (see
Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subjects of formal final Council action during these meetings. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.
Except for advertised (scheduled) public hearings and public comment, the times and sequence specified on this agenda is subject to change.
These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see