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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting September 9-10, 2015

Posted August 5, 2015

NOAA Fisheries intends to hold a meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) on September 9-10, 2015, at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015. 

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the conference call information is phone number 1-866-509-5013; Participant Code: 1475429; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=999136478&t=a ; event password: NOAA.

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, the conference call information is phone number 1-866-509-5013; Participant Code: 1475429; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=995421572&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 Final Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) on the future of shark fishery, providing updates on Amendment 5b on dusky shark management and Amendment 9 on smoothhound shark management, reviewing the results of the smoothhound shark stock assessment, discussing implementation of Final Amendment 7 on bluefin tuna management measures, as well as discussing the Final HMS Essential Fish Habitat 5-Year Review and next steps.  The meeting will also include discussion of a survey of Atlantic HMS tournaments that is in development, and provide updates on various topics relevant to Atlantic HMS fisheries management. 

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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