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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting March 29-31, 2016

February 18, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to hold a meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) on March 29-31, 2016, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.  The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016; from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016.  There will be introduction for new AP members at 9:00 am on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. 

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the conference call information is phone number 1-888-566-6157; Participant Code: 5998985; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee08141a7a0cf50251a257df9d3b931fa ; event password: NOAA.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the conference call information is phone number 1-888-282-0431; Participant Code: 9825698; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee29585c757454c5e48b292d7dc2fc95f ; event password: NOAA.

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the conference call information is phone number 1-800-593-9960; Participant Code: 5039500; and the webinar event address is:  https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9dc5e094b476fc2b3621dfbe73e9cd6c ; 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 upcoming Amendments 5b on dusky sharks and 10 on Essential Fish Habitat, including lemon shark aggregations off southeast Florida; reviewing implementation of Final Amendment 9 on smoothhound sharks and Final Amendment 7 on bluefin tuna management; and progress updates on the final rule to implement the electronic bluefin tuna documentation system and the various other rulemakings.  We also anticipate discussing a survey of Atlantic HMS tournaments that is in development, a request from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to consider management changes regarding blacknose sharks, and domestic implementation of recommendations from the 2015 meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.  We also intend to invite other NMFS offices to provide updates on their activities relevant to HMS fisheries such as the IUU Task Force implementation and international trade, and DeepWater Horizon Pelagic Longline Project. 

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.