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South Atlantic Upcoming Meetings

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold 
meetings of its: Snapper Grouper AP; Joint Shrimp and Deepwater Shrimp 
AP; Dolphin Wahoo AP; King and Spanish Mackerel AP; and Coral AP in 
North Charleston, SC. An MPA Workshop will be held in conjunction with 
the Snapper Grouper AP meeting. All meetings are open to the public. 
DATES: The meetings will take place from April 18-May 10, 2012.
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South Atlantic Meetings of Public Interest

If you fish in federal waters more than three miles off the South Atlantic coast, chances are there is a meeting scheduled in the coming weeks regarding federal fisheries that is of interest to you. Please see the list below and mark your calendars. All meetings are open to the public.

Note that all of the advisory panel meetings and a marine protected area workshop will be held in North Charleston, SC at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418; Hotel phone (843) 308-9330. Additional information, including meeting agendas, overviews and briefing book materials are posted on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web site at www.safmc.net as they become available.

April 3-5      SAFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Meeting
April 18-19  Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel (AP) Meeting
April 18       Marine Protected Area Workshop
April 20       Joint Shrimp and Deepwater Shrimp AP Meeting
April 24       Dolphin Wahoo AP Meeting
April 24-25  King and Spanish Mackerel AP Meeting
May 9-10    Coral AP Meeting

To read more click here
http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102862873579-39/SAFMC_UpcomingMeetingsNR032312.pdf

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Recreational Season Vermilion Snapper

Recreational Season Opens for Vermilion Snapper on April 1st in South Atlantic Federal Waters

The recreational season for vermilion snapper will reopen on April 1, 2012. The daily bag limit is 5 vermilion snapper per person (in addition to the aggregate bag limit of 10 snapper), with a minimum size limit of 12" Total Length. The recreational season ends annually on November 1, 2012.

The commercial fishery remains closed, and the split-season will reopen on July 1.

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Habitat Conservation Agreements

NOAA Fisheries and Sonoma County Water Agency sign first-ever agreement for collaborative stewardship of salmon and steelhead. The landmark agreement offers private landowners incentives to conserve federally protected fish.

The Endangered Species Act provides for the conservation of habitat for listed species. It does so by supporting private landowners and non-federal entities in their efforts to manage their land in a manner that protects, restores, or maintains habitat conditions for listed species.

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WPFMC Meetings June 18-27

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 113th Scientific and Statistical Committee, Executive and Budget Standing Committee, Pelagic and International and Protected Species Standing Committee and the 157th Council Meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

The meetings will be held from June 18, 2013 through June 27, 2013. All meetings will be held in Honolulu, HI. For specific times and agendas click below

 

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WPFMC Upcoming Meetings

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's (Council) will convene meetings of its Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands (CNMI) Archipelagic Advisory Panels (APs) and the Hawaii Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee (REAC).

The Guam AP will be held on June 3, 2013, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The American Samoa AP will be held on June 5, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The CNMI AP will be held on June 5, 2013 from 10 p.m.-5 p.m. The Hawaii AP will be held on June 13, 2013 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Hawaii REAC will be held on June 12, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Upcoming Meetings of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meeting of its Pelagics Plan Team (PPT) and Archipelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan Teams, in Honolulu, HI, to discuss fishery issues and develop recommendations for future management.

The meeting of the PPT will be held between April 23 and 24, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Archipelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan Teams will be held between April 22 and April 25, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Humphead Wrasse as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

We (NMFS) announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. Accordingly, we will conduct a review of the status of this species to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, for 60 days we are soliciting information pertaining to this species from any interested party.

Information and comments on the subject action must be received by April 29, 2013.

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Fishing in the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments

NMFS proposes to establish requirements for fishing in the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. The proposed rule is intended to implement fishery management measures consistent with Presidential Proclamations 8335, 8336, and 8337 that established the Monuments.

NMFS must receive comments on the proposed rule by April 8, 2013.

 

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Upcoming Council Meeting

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its Executive and Budget Standing Committee and 156th Council to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

The meetings will be held March 11, 2013 through March 14, 2013. All meetings will be held in Pago Pago, American Samoa. For specific times and agendas, see below for more information including the agenda.

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