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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Meeting Set for April 3-4
Thursday, March 13, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to hold a meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) on April 3-4, 2014, at the Sheraton Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The HMS AP meeting and webinar will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3; and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.

On Thursday April 3, 2014 the conference call information is phone number 650-479-3207; participant access code 996 262 930; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=996262930&t=a

On Friday April 4, 2014 the conference call information is phone number 650-479-3207; participant access code 996 407 950; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=996407950&t=a

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. At the April 2014 AP meeting, NMFS plans to discuss pre-drafts to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Amendment 5b on dusky shark management measures and Amendment 6 on the future of shark fishery, as well as reviewing public comments on Draft Amendment 7 on bluefin tuna management measures.

The meeting will also include progress updates on implementation of 2013 ICCAT recommendations, the HMS Research Plan, smoothhound shark management, and recreational issues for Atlantic HMS fisheries.

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%20Panels/Advisory_Panel.htm.

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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