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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LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY PANEL TO REVIEW SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES ACT GENERIC AMENDMENT AND THE STATUS OF REEF FISH AMENDMENTS 16A AND 16B, MACKEREL AMENDMENT 9 AND REGULATORY AMENDMENT ACTIONS

Tampa, Florida - September 21, 1998 - The Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (AP) of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet on October 14, 1998 in San Antonio, Texas to review the management alternatives being considered by the Council in its Sustainable Fisheries Act Generic Amendment. The Law Enforcement AP will also review the status of Amendments 16A and 16B to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Reef Fish in the Gulf of Mexico and Amendment 9 to the FMP for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources. Recent regulatory actions regarding total allowable catch (TAC), size limits, trip limits, etc. will also be discussed.

The Law Enforcement AP will also receive a presentation from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on its vessel monitoring system (VMS) pilot program in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Law Enforcement AP will meet beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 1998 at the Four Points Hotel Riverwalk North, 110 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio, Texas and adjourn/recess at approximately 5:00 p.m.

The Law Enforcement AP consists of key enforcement agents for the state and federal fishery agencies in the Gulf area. 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 Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council action during this meeting. 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 October 7, 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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