Highly Migratory Species Committee to Meet

The meeting will be held on February 4, 2013 beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held via webinar with a listening station at the Council office. Webinar access details will be posted at: http://www.mafmc.org.

 Topics will include an increase in the recreational minimum size restrictions, and the establishment of recreational reporting for certain species of sharks. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone:  (302) 526-5255.

 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this meeting is to review and 

develop comments from the Council on Amendment 5 to the 2006 

Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. The 

proposed measures include changes to commercial quotas and species 

groups, the creation of several time/area closures, a change to an 

existing time/area closure, an increase in the recreational minimum 

size restrictions, and the establishment of recreational reporting for 

certain species of sharks. A summary of the measures is available at: 

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/newslist/2012/11-15-12_a5_proposed_rule_listserv.pdf. The measures are being considered by the National 

Marine Fisheries Service (not by the Council) but because of potential 

impacts to constituents in the Mid-Atlantic area, the Council is 

considering submitting comments on the proposed measures. The public 

may also submit comments directly at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail; D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0161-0013 until February 12, 2013.

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 

before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 

of formal action during this meeting. 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 Fishery Conservation and 

Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's 

intent to take final action to address the emergency.