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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RED SNAPPER ADVISORY PANEL AND STANDING AND SPECIAL REEF FISH SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO REVIEW RED SNAPPER ASSESSMENT UPDATE AND RECOMMEND MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR 1999

Tampa, Florida - October 9, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Red Snapper Advisory Panel (RSAP) on November 3, 1998, to be followed by a meeting of the Standing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) on November 4, 1998. Both meetings will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Each meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by 3:30 p.m.

The RSAP, consisting of recreational and commercial red snapper fishermen, will review stock assessments of gag and vermilion snapper that were prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and reports from the Council's Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel and Socioeconomic Panel that include biological, social, and economic information related to the range of acceptable biological catch (ABC). Based on these reports, the AP may recommend levels of total allowable catch (TAC) for red snapper in 1999 and appropriate management measures.

The SSC, consisting of economists, biologists, sociologists, and natural resource attorneys, will also review the above reports, comment on their scientific adequacy, and may make recommendations regarding red snapper TAC and management measures.

Copies of the agendas can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agendas may come before the RSAP and SSC for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. RSAP and SSC actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

These 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 October 27, 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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