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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting December 1-2, 2016

Posted November 15, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to hold a meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) on December 1-2, 2016, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.  The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday December 2, 2016. 

The meeting on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, 2016, will also be accessible via conference call and webinar.  Conference call and webinar access information are available at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/advisory_panels/hms_ap/meetings/dec-2016/ap-meeting.html.

Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in 15 minutes prior to the meeting.  NMFS will show presentations via webinar and allow public comment during identified times on the agenda. 

The intent of this meeting is for NMFS to consult with the AP on the proposed management measures contained in Draft Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP, which proposes a range of management measures to prevent overfishing and rebuild dusky sharks.  These measures are based on a recent stock assessment that determined dusky sharks – a prohibited species since 2000 - are overfished and still experiencing overfishing.  Draft Amendment 5b could affect any commercial fishermen with HMS permits, any recreational fishermen who catch sharks of any species, and any dealers who buy or sell sharks or shark products.

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.

This email notice is a courtesy to Atlantic HMS fisheries interests to keep you informed about the fisheries.  Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.  For further information related to Atlantic HMS Management, please call (301) 427-8503 or see the HMS web page at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.

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