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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AD HOC MARINE RESERVES SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO PREPARE SCOPING DOCUMENT ON POTENTIAL APPLICATION OF MARINE RESERVES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Tampa, Florida - September 28, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Ad Hoc Marine Reserves Scientific and Statistical Committee (MRSSC) to prepare a scoping document on the possible use of marine reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting is scheduled for October 21-22, 1998 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33607. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 1998 and will conclude by noon on Thursday, October 22, 1998.

The purpose of the MRSSC is to work with Council staff in developing the scoping document in order to help managers and the public become better informed about marine reserves and their application. The target audience for this document is the Council, resource user groups, and others interested in the marine environment and its resources. Once the scoping document is completed, the Council will conduct a series of public scoping workshops.

The MRSSC is composed of biologists, economists, sociologists, a lawyer, and an enforcement officer who are knowledgeable about marine reserves and their potential for use in the Gulf of Mexico.

A copy of the agenda for the MRSSC meeting can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the MRSSC 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. Actions of the MRSSC will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

The MRSSC 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 14, 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.

This news release, and other Council news releases, can be viewed at the Council’s web site, http://www.gulfcouncil.org. In addition, Council press releases may be received via e-mail by sending a blank e-mail message to pressreleases@gulfcouncil.org with SUBSCRIBE as the subject.

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