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 COUNCIL TO CONVENE SOCIOECONOMIC ASSESSMENT PANEL

Tampa, Florida - February 27, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Socioeconomic Assessment Panel (SEP) to review available social and economic information on the Gulf migratory group of king and Spanish mackerels and to determine the social and economic implications of the levels of acceptable biological catches recommended by the Council’s Mackerel Stock Assessment Panel (MSAP). The SEP may recommend to the Council total allowable catch levels for the 1998-1999 fishing year. In addition, the SEP will address certain issues related to the assessment of regulatory impacts on fishing communities.

The SEP Coastal Pelagics Subgroup will meet jointly with the MSAP on March 23-24, 1998 at the Miami Laboratory of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, Florida. On March 25-26, 1998, the entire SEP will be convened at the Club Hotel & Suites by Doubletree, 100 SE 4th Street, Miami, Florida. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23 and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Presentation of social and economic information will be made on Wednesday, March 25.

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 Panel action 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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