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NOAA Fisheries Rescheduling the Manteo, NC Public Hearing for Draft Amendment 6 (Management of Atlantic Sharks) Due to Inclement Weather

Posted February 25, 2015

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) had scheduled a public hearing in Manteo, NC for Thursday evening, February 26, 2015.  This is to announce that due to the inclement weather conditions expected for Manteo and the surrounding area, NMFS will NOT hold the public hearing on February 26.  Rather, NMFS WILL reschedule this public hearing on Draft Amendment 6 to the Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (Amendment 6) for a later date that has yet to be determined.   NMFS intends to reschedule this public hearing before the close of the comment period on April 3, 2015.  When the workshop is rescheduled, NMFS will publish a notice in the Federal Register and send an e-mail notice to subscribers of “Atlantic HMS News” announcing the new date and location.

In addition to public hearing that will be rescheduled in Manteo, NC, there are two other opportunities remaining where interested parties can learn more about Amendment 6 and provide comments.  These opportunities are listed in the table below (Table 1). 

Table 1.  Dates, times, and locations of remaining opportunities to provide comment on Amendment 6.

Venue Date/Time Meeting Locations Location Contact Information
HMS Advisory Panel Meeting

March 10-12, 2015

Bethesda, MD DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(252) 475-5700
Conference Call

March 25, 2015
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


  To participate, call:
(877) 918-1344
Passcode: 7371832
To participate in webinar, RSVP at:, A confirmation email with webinar log-in information will be sent after RSVP is registered.
Public Hearing

Date to be determined

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Manteo, NC Dare Country Administration Building
Commissioner’s Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 475-5700



Draft Amendment 6 proposes a range of management measures for the commercial shark fisheries to respond to the problems facing these fisheries, such as commercial landings that exceed the quotas, declining numbers of fishing permits since limited access was implemented, complex regulations, derby fishing conditions due to small quotas and short seasons, increasing numbers of regulatory discards, and declining market prices.  In addition, these measures are based on recent determinations made by NMFS as a result of the 2013 stock assessments for Atlantic sharpnose and bonnethead sharks.

The comment period for Draft Amendment 6 ends on April 3, 2015.  Written comments, identified by “NOAA-NMFS-2010-0188”, may be submitted electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal,, or sent by fax or mail to the contact information included below.  All comments received are a part of the public record and generally will be posted to without change.  All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible.  Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.  NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous).  You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  Official notice of Federal actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.  For further information on this proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement, contact LeAnn Hogan, Guý DuBeck, Delisse Ortiz, Alexis Jackson, or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at 301-427-8503.  Copies of the proposed rule, draft environmental impact statement, and other supporting documents are available upon request from the Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone: 301-427-8503, fax: 301-713-1917).  The information will also be posted on the HMS website at:


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