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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2003

ICCAT Spring Species Working Group Workshop

Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); Spring Species Working Group Workshop

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to ICCAT announces
its spring meeting with its Species Working Group Technical Advisors,
April 30-May 1, 2003.

DATES: The open sessions of the Committee meeting will be held on April
30, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on May 1, 2003, from 10:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Closed sessions will be held on April 30, 2003, from
1:45 p.m. to approximately 6 p.m., and on May 1, 2003, from 8:30 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel Silver Spring,
8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Blankenbeker at (301) 713-2276.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section
to ICCAT will meet in two open sessions to receive and discuss
information on (1) the 2002 ICCAT meeting results and U.S.
implementation of ICCAT decisions; (2) 2003 ICCAT and NMFS research and
monitoring activities; (3) 2003 Commission activities; (4) results of
the Committee's Species Working Group deliberations; and (5) Advisory
Committee operational issues. The public will have access to the open
sessions of the meeting, but there will be no opportunity for public
comment.
   The Advisory Committee will go into executive session during the
afternoon of April 30, 2003, to discuss sensitive information relating
to (1) post ICCAT 2002 discussions and negotiations, including upcoming
ICCAT working group meetings on trade and on monitoring and compliance;
(2) the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act required consultation on the
identification of countries that are diminishing the effectiveness of
ICCAT; and (3) other matters relating to the international management
of ICCAT species. In addition, the Committee will meet in its Species
Working Groups for a portion of the afternoon of April 30 and part of
the morning of May 1, 2003. These sessions are not open to the public,
but the results of the deliberations of the Species Working Groups will
be reported to the full Advisory Committee during the Committee's
afternoon open session on May 1.

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