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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Change in Location of the Florida Public Hearing for Draft Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan

Posted November 10, 2016

NMFS is changing the location of the Florida public hearing on Draft Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (81 FR71672, October 18, 2016).  Based on a 2016 stock assessment update for Atlantic dusky sharks, NMFS determined that the dusky shark stock remains overfished and is experiencing overfishing.  In Draft Amendment 5b, NMFS proposed management measures that would reduce fishing mortality on dusky sharks and rebuild the dusky shark population, consistent with legal requirements.  The public comment period ends December 22, 2016. 

In the proposed rule, NMFS announced six public hearings and one conference call to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed measures.  Due to a scheduling conflict at the Melbourne Public Library, NMFS has changed the location of the public hearing to Satellite Beach, Florida; the date and time have not changed.  None of the other public hearing locations have changed. 



Meeting location

Location contact information

Public Hearing November 21, 2016
5 p.m.  –  8 p.m.
Satellite Beach, FL Satellite Beach Public Library
751 Jamaica Blvd.
Satellite Beach, FL 32937

Details regarding other public hearings can be found in the proposed rule for Amendment 5b (81 FR 71672; October 18, 2016) or on the HMS webpage (  During these hearing, NMFS will receive public feedback on the proposed management measures.  Written comments, identified by “NOAA-NMFS-2013-0070”, 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 Federal Register.  For further information on this proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement, contact Tobey Curtis at 978-281-9273 or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at 301-427-8503.

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