August 1, 2012 to August 2, 2012
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Amendment 24 Workgroup will hold a work session, which is open to the public. The Workgroup’s work session will occur 1:00-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 and continue on Thursday, August 2, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The meetings will be held at the following location:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 9; Rooms A and B
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.,
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Entry to the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility requires visitors to show a valid picture ID and register with security. A visitor’s badge, which must be worn while at the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Facility, will be issued to non‑Federal employees participating in the meeting.
The Council formed the Amendment 24 Workgroup to develop proposals for modifying the process to periodically establish and adjust harvest levels and management measures for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. Currently Council decisionmaking occurs every 2 years to set harvest specifications and management measures for the next 2-year period. Coordinating Council decisionmaking with the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, such that National Marine Fisheries Service may implement regulations at the start of the next fishing year (January 1), has proved difficult. The Workgroup will develop alternatives to the current biennial process to address problems with timely implementation. These alternatives will be presented to the Council at a future meeting. The Council may then adopt an alternative for implementation, which may require an amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan
The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.
For more information regarding the Workgroup meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280, ext. 422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.