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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MACKEREL ADVISORY PANEL (AP) AND SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEES (SSC) TO REVIEW INFORMATION RELATED TO FEDERAL RULES FOR MACKEREL

Tampa, Florida - March 27, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Mackerel Advisory Panel (AP) and Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC) and to review stock assessment reports and advise the Council on possible changes to federal rules affecting mackerels. The Mackerel AP will be convened at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 1998 and will conclude by 4:00 p.m. The SSC meeting will be convened at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 1998 and will conclude by 3:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 701 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.

The SSC will review the 1998 stock assessments for both king and Spanish Mackerel, the Mackerel Stock Assessment Panel (MSAP) report, and the report of the Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) that includes economic and social information related to the range of acceptable biological catch (ABC) and bag limits for mackerels in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. Based on this review, the SSC may recommend to the Council levels for total allowable catch (TAC), bag limits, size limits, commercial quotas, and other measures for these species for the 1998-1999 fishing season. The Mackerel AP will review the same information and formulate their recommendations based on their perspectives as users of these resources.

Copies of the agendas can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the Panels 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 meetings are open to the public and physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by April 13, 1998.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 regional fishery management councils that were established by the Magnuson 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 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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