HMSMT Meeting May 28-30

The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public. The HMSMT work session will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28; 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29; and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013. On each day, the meeting will continue until business is completed.


ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held in the Pacific 


Room, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Dr., La 

Jolla, CA 92037-1509.

    Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 

101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kit Dahl, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820-2280.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The HMSMT will discuss the following topics:

    1. An assignment from the March 2013 Council meeting in Tacoma, WA. 

The Council directed the HMSMT to identify potential measures that 

should be implemented pursuant to the precautionary management 

framework for North Pacific albacore currently under development at the 

international level. The HMSMT will provide a report with its 

recommendations at the June 20-25, 2013, Pacific Council meeting.

    2. Response to finding by National Marine Fisheries Service that 

Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) is overfished and 

recommendations for Pacific Council response per Section 304(i) of the 

Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act.

    3. Work on the 2013 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation 

document, which is prepared annually, summarizing information from the 

previous year.

    4. Future work planning.

    5. Informational topics related to HMSMT responsibilities.

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda 

may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during 

these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically 

listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of 

this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the 

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the 

public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address 

the emergency.