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SHRIMP ADVISORY PANEL TO REVIEW COOPERATIVE SHRIMP CLOSURE OFF TEXAS AND STATUS OF BYCATCH REDUCTION DEVICE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION

Tampa, Florida - December 12, 1997 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene the Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) to review scientific information on the 1997 cooperative seasonal closure of the shrimp fishery with the state of Texas. The Shrimp AP may develop recommendations to the Council with regard to what extent federal waters off Texas will be closed in 1998, concurrently with the closure of Texas waters. The Shrimp AP will also review the status of other shrimp fisheries in the Gulf, as well as the proposed implementation of Amendment 9 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 9 proposes to require bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) in shrimp trawls used in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico west of Cape San Blas, Florida. The Shrimp AP will review the types of BRDs that are or will be certified, as well as the status of BRD development.

The meeting is scheduled for January 8, 1998 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 701 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The AP consists principally of commercial shrimp fishermen, dealers, and fishery association representatives.

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by January 2, 1998.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the Shrimp AP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Shrimp AP will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 regional fishery management councils that were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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