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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SHRIMP ADVISORY PANEL TO REVIEW COOPERATIVE SHRIMP CLOSURE OFF TEXAS

Tampa, Florida - December 11, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene the Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) to review scientific information on the effects of the cooperative shrimp seasonal closure with the state of Texas. The Shrimp AP will also receive a presentation regarding the status of the shrimp stocks in the Gulf of Mexico and an overfishing report. A representative of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will provide a perspective of the TPWD with regard to the cooperative seasonal closure. The AP may develop recommendations to the Council regarding the extent of federal waters off Texas that will be closed in 1999 concurrently with the closure of Texas waters. Finally, the Shrimp AP will review a draft of an Options Paper for Amendment 10 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Among other alternatives, this options paper contains provisions for permitting, mandatory reporting, and vessel monitoring.

The AP consists principally of commercial shrimp fishermen, dealers, and association representatives. The meeting is scheduled for January 7, 1999 at the Double Tree Hotel, 300 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, beginning at 9:00 a.m. A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-228-2815.

Copies of the agendas can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the APs 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. The APs actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

The meetings are open to the public and physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by December 29, 1998.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 regional fishery management councils that were established by the Magnuson 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 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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