Due to the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the subsequent cancellation of three public hearings previously scheduled on the draft consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and proposed rule, NMFS is rescheduling public hearings in Orange Beach, AL, and Key West, FL. NMFS is also adding an additional hearing location in Houma, LA, to provide constituents an opportunity to comment from regions in close proximity to New Orleans, LA. The draft consolidated HMS FMP and the proposed rule describe a range of management measures that could impact fishermen and dealers for all HMS fisheries.
The public hearings will be held on January 11, 2006, from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m. local time, on January 30, 2006, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time, and on February 1, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. local time. Written comments must be received by March 1, 2006.
The public hearings will be held in the following locations:
January 11, 2006
- Doubletree Grand Key Resort, 3990 S.Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040; January 30, 2006
- Orange Beach Senior Center, 26251 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561; and February 1, 2006
- 1268 Highway 182 West, Houma, LA 70364. Written comments on the proposed rule and draft HMS FMP may be submitted to Karyl Brewster-Geisz,
Highly Migratory species Management Division: E-mail:
SF1.060303D@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following
Atlantic HMS FMP. Mail: 1315 East-West Highway, silver spring, MD 20910. Please mark the outside of the envelope ``Comments on Draft HMS FMP.''
Fax: 301-427-2592 Federal e-rulemaking Portal: