Caribbean Council Meeting December 19-20

The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Administrative Committee will hold meetings.

The meetings will be held on December 19-20, 2012. The Council will convene on Tuesday, December 19, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Administrative Committee will meet from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Council will reconvene on Wednesday, December 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Hotel, 4 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Miguel A. Rol[oacute]n, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 268 Mu[ntilde]oz Rivera Avenue, Suite 1108, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-1920, telephone: (787) 766-5926.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will hold its 144th regular Council Meeting to discuss the items contained in the following agenda:

December 19, 2012, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 Call to Order
 Adoption of Agenda
 Consideration of 143rd Council Meeting Verbatim Transcriptions
 Executive Director's Report
 Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery
Management Plan (FMP)
    1. Address results of recent stock assessments for scalloped
hammerhead, sandbar, dusky, blacknose, and Gulf of Mexico blacktip
    2. Proposed measures to end overfishing and rebuild overfished
stocks include establishing total allowable catches and commercial
quotas, quota linkages, modifying recreational minimum size and
reporting requirements and creating and modifying time/area closures
    3. Public comment period for the proposed rule end on February 12,
 Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP--Removal of Seagrasses Species
from the Coral FMP
    1. Final action expected by the Council
    2. Timeline for implementation of the new regulations
 Regulatory Amendment 4 to the Reeffish FMP--Implementation of
Minimum Size Limits for Parrotfish in St. Croix
    1. Final action expected by the Council
    2. Timeline for implementation of the new regulations
 ACLs--SSC Report
    1. 2012 Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) overages by Island
    2. Implementation of accountability measures in 213 for any ACLs
 Research Priorities--SSC Report
    1. Status of the 5-year research plan
    2. Next steps
    3. Timeline for completion of the research plan

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 Island Specific FMP
    1. Environmental assessment for shift in management from species
based to island based management
    2. Island specific scoping documents
    3. Island Specific fishery management plan draft outline
    4. Scheduling of scoping hearings
    5. Timeline for completion of new island-specific FMPs
Public Comment Period (5-minutes presentations)

December 19, 2012, 5:15 p.m.-6 p.m.

 Administrative Committee Meeting
 Budget 2012/13/14
    --SSC/AP Membership
    --Other Business

December 20, 2012, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 Endangered Species Act Procedures: Updates on Queen Conch,
Corals and Nassau Groupers
 CITES: Queen Conch Status--Nancy Daves
 Queen Conch Compatibility Issues with USVI
    --Discussion of Management Options
 Outreach and Education Panel Report--Alida Ort[iacute]z
    --Report of the new CFMC Web site
 NMFS Outreach and Education Projects--Lee Carrubba
 Trap Reduction Spiny Lobster Report--Anthony Iarocci
 STFA Updates on Lobster and Traps Projects, among others
 Enforcement Reports
    --Puerto Rico--DNER
    --U.S. Virgin Islands--DPNR
    --U.S. Coast Guard
 Administrative Committee Recommendations
 Meetings Attended by Council Members and Staff
Public Comment Period (5-minute presentations)
 Other Business
 Next Council Meeting
    The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be
adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of
discussion relevant to the agenda items. To further accommodate
discussion and completion of all items on the agenda, the meeting may
be extended from, or completed prior to the date established in this
    The meetings are open to the public, and will be conducted in
English. Simultaneous Interpretation (English/Spanish) will be
provided. Fishers and other interested persons are invited to attend
and participate with oral or written statements regarding agenda
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come
before this group for discussion, those issues may not be subjects for
formal action during these meetings. Actions will be restricted to
those issues specifically identified in this notice, 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 that the public has been notified of the
Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.