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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting March 10-12, 2015

Posted February 25, 2015

NOAA Fisheries will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in March 2015.  The meeting is open to the public.  The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  There will be introduction for new AP members at 9 am on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. The meeting presentations will also be available via WebEx webinar/conference call.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the conference call information is phone number 1-800-857-6552; Participant Code: 8099565; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=393951018&t=a; event password: NOAA.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the conference call information is phone number 1-800-857-6552; Participant Code: 8099565; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=395887510&t=a; event password: NOAA.

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the conference call information is phone number 1-800-857-6552; Participant Code: 8099565; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=394954698&t=a; event password: NOAA.

Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in fifteen minutes prior to the meeting.  NMFS will show the presentations via webinar and allow public comment during identified times on the agenda. 

The intent of this meeting is to consider alternatives for the conservation and management of all Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and shark fisheries. We anticipate discussing the following Amendments to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP: Draft Amendment 6 on the future of shark fishery, providing updates on Amendment 5b on dusky shark management and Amendment 9 on smoothhound shark management and ongoing stock assessment, reviewing Final Amendment 7 on bluefin tuna management measures, as well as discussing the HMS Essential Fish Habitat 5-Year Review. The meeting will also include discussion of the Electronic Technologies Implementation Plan for Atlantic HMS, implementation of 2014 ICCAT recommendations, and updates on the Atlantic HMS Management-Based Research Priorities document and other research activities, among other updates.

Additional information on the meeting and a copy of the draft agenda will be posted prior to the meeting at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/advisory_panels/hms_ap/meetings/ap_meetings.html.

 

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