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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species panel plans public meeting

The Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel has scheduled a two-day public meeting in September. The National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration at the US Department of Commerce, which oversees the panel, announced the meeting in the Federal Register of Friday, August 15, 2014. The meeting will take place by webinar and conference call and the public is welcome to attend in person or to listen in and participate.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and consider options for protecting and managing highly migratory species (HMS) in the Atlantic Ocean. The meeting is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 10; and again from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

The meeting takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD, 20814. You can also listen in by WebEx webinar or conference call. Call (877) 512-3581. Use Participant Code: 888454. Or go to https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=996362177&t=a. Use the event password ā€œNOAAā€ on Wednesday. On Thursday, use a different address: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=995881214&t=a.

You are advised to tune in at least 15 minutes in advance. The presentation will include slides. The public will be allowed to speak at specified times. If you have any questions, call Jenni Wallace or Margo Schulze-Haugen at (301) 427-8503.

The meeting will be concerned with all Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish and sharks. The panel plans to talk about the Predraft for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan on the future of the shark fishery, Amendment 5b on dusky shark management, the proposed rule for Amendment 9 on smoothhound shark management, and the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Final Amendment 7 on bluefin
tuna management measures.

The panel will also hear reports on the National Recreational Policy, implementation of 2013
ICCAT recommendations, the Atlantic HMS Management-Based Research Priorities, the HMS compendium/management history, and electronic monitoring and electronic reporting.

View the agenda at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/advisory_panels/hms_ap/meetings/ap_meetings.html.