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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ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT REVIEW SCHEDULED

Tampa, Florida, March 6, 1998 - The Technical Review Panel of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will review a revised draft of the Generic Amendment Addressing Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Requirements in the Council’s Fishery Management Plans. The EFH amendment is mandated by the recent passage of amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFMCA).

The Technical Review Panel will meet at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 701 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1:00 p.m., April 1, 1998, through 3:00 p.m., April 2, 1998 to review the technical accuracy and adequacy of the revised draft and provide recommendations for improvement. The revised amendment identifies and describes EFH based on distribution maps and habitat tables of the various life stages of selected managed species. It also identifies non-fishing and fishing threats to EFH and discusses conservation and enhancement measures for EFH.

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 25, 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. 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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