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 PANEL

Tampa, Florida - July 28, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review available social and economic data on vermilion snapper and gag stocks, and to determine the social and economic implications of the levels of acceptable biological catches (ABC) recommended by the Council’s Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel (RFSAP). The SEP may recommend to the Council total allowable catches (TAC) for the 1999 fishing year, depending on whether ABC ranges would be established for these 2 stocks by the RFSAP. The SEP will also discuss issues related to fishing communities.

The meeting will be held on August 20-21, 1998 at the Radisson Bay Harbor Hotel, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida 33607. Unlike the last meeting in which the SEP’s Reef Fish Subgroup first met jointly with the RFSAP and subsequently with the rest of the SEP membership, the full SEP will be meeting this time for the two-day schedule. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 20 and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 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 SEP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. SEP actions 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 August 13, 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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