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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COUNCIL CANCELS AD HOC COUNCIL TECHNICAL GROUP MEETING

Tampa, Florida - August 25, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has canceled its Ad Hoc Council Technical Group meeting scheduled on Tuesday, September 2, 1998 to review bycatch reduction device (BRD) evaluation analyses. A spokesman indicated the meeting was canceled because the Department of Commerce took independent action to release an additional 3 million pounds of red snapper for harvest by Gulf fishermen. Therefore, review of the effectiveness of BRDs has been deferred to the September 14-17, 1998 Council meeting in Mobile, Alabama.

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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