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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CONTACT: WAYNE E. SWINGLE (813) 228-2815

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON A DRAFT GENERIC AMENDMENT ADDRESSING ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Tampa, Florida - May 22, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings on a draft generic amendment addressing essential fish habitat (EFH) in the Gulf of Mexico. The draft document is mandated by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFMCA) and addresses EFH in all seven of the Council’s Fishery Management Plans (FMP). The following is a summary of the amendment:

Public hearings will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at all of the following locations:

Wednesday, June 17, 1998
Ramada Airport Inn & Conference Center
5303 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609

Thursday, June 18, 1998
Holiday Inn Beachside
3841 North Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, Florida 33040

Monday, June 22, 1998
New Orleans Airport Radisson
2150 Veterans Boulevard
Kenner, Louisiana 70062

Tuesday, June 23, 1998
J.L. Scott Marine Education Ctr.
115 East Beach Blvd (Hwy 90)
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530

Wednesday, June 24, 1998
Holiday Inn on the Beach
365 East Beach Boulevard
Gulf Shores, Alabama 36547

Thursday, June 25, 1998
National Marine Fisheries Service
Panama City Laboratory
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, Florida 32408

Tuesday, June 30, 1998
Hobby Airport Hilton
8181 Airport Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77061

Wednesday, July 1, 1998
Ellis Memorial Library
700 West Avenue A
Port Aransas, Texas 78373

Copies of the amendment can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815.

The meetings are open to the public and are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by June 10, 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.