Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Bluefin)

NMFS has scheduled an additional scoping meeting for Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan, which will focus on management issues related to Atlantic bluefin tuna. A Notice of Intent published on April 23, 2012, which notified the public that NMFS intended to hold public scoping meetings and that it anticipated preparing a draft environmental impact statement. That Federal Register document provided the public with specific dates and times for four scheduled scoping meetings. This notice notifies the public of another scoping meeting on Amendment 7 in Portland, ME.

DATES: The Portland, ME, scoping meeting will be held on June 18, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The Amendment 7 public scoping meeting will be held in 

Portland, ME, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. See supplementary 

information below for further details.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Warren or Brad McHale, 978-281-

9260.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS published a Notice of Intent on April 

23, 2012 (77 FR 24161), which notified the public of its intent to hold 

public scoping meetings and that it anticipated preparing a draft 

environmental impact statement, and requested comments. The intent of 

the public comment and scoping meetings is to determine the scope and 

significance of issues to be analyzed in a potential proposed amendment 

to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management 

Plan and any associated environmental impact statement on management 

measures for Atlantic bluefin tuna. The public scoping process will 

help NMFS determine if existing measures are the best means of 

achieving certain management objectives for bluefin tuna and providing 

flexibility for future management, consistent with relevant Federal 

laws. NMFS also announced the availability of a scoping document 

describing measures for potential inclusion in a proposed Amendment, 

and solicited public comment on the objectives and management options. 

Written comments on the Notice of Intent and the scoping document must 

be received on or before July 15, 2012.

    The April 23, 2012 Notice of Intent included the specific location, 

date, and time of four scoping meetings, and the location and 

approximate time of three NMFS consultations with regional fishery 

management councils (Councils), during their June meetings (Mid-

Atlantic Fishery Management Council; New England Fishery Management 

Council, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council), and more detailed 

background information. That information is not repeated here.

    Since the publication of the Notice of Intent, NMFS decided to 

schedule an additional scoping meeting that would be held in 

conjunction with the New England Fishery Management Council meeting in 

Portland, Maine, to provide additional opportunity for public input. 

The relevant information is provided below:

 

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               Date                          Time               Meeting locations               Address

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June 18, 2012.....................  6:30-9 p.m...........  In Association with the     Holiday Inn by the Bay,

                                                            New England Fishery         88 Spring Street,

                                                            Management Council          Portland, ME 04101, 800-

                                                            Meeting Portland, ME.       345-5050.

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    In addition to this Federal Register notice, NMFS will notify the 

public of this meeting via email, and the following Web site: 

www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/breakingnews.htm.