This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA87FC0003.

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FISHERY COUNCILS TO CONVENE MACKEREL STOCK ASSESSMENT PANEL

Tampa, Florida - February 27, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene their joint Mackerel Stock Assessment Panel (MSAP) to review stock assessments for the Gulf and Atlantic migratory groups of king and Spanish mackerel. The MSAP will also consider available information including but not limited to commercial and recreational catches, natural and fishing mortality estimates, recruitment, fishery-dependent and fishery-independent data, and data needs. These analyses will be used to determine the condition of the stocks and the levels of acceptable biological catch (ABC) for the 1998-1999 fishing year.

The meeting will be held at the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 75 Virginia Beach Drive in Miami, Florida. The meeting is to begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 1998 and conclude on Friday, March 27, 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 Panel for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action by the Panel during this meeting. Panel action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

The meeting is open to the public and is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by March 16, 1998.

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, as amended. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources to the 200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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