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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SHARK SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO REVIEW SHARK PROVISIONS OF NMFS DRAFT FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES

Tampa, Florida - December 11, 1998 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Special Shark Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) on January 5, 1999, at the Tampa Airport Hilton Westshore Hotel, 2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33067. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct a scientific review of the shark portions of a Draft Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish, and Sharks which was recently published by the Highly Migratory Species Management Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and for which public comment is being accepted by NMFS through January 25, 1999.

The Special Shark SSC, consisting biologists who are knowledgeable about the shark resources, will review the shark portions of the draft FMP, comment on its scientific adequacy, and may make recommendations on proposed management measures. Based on the Special Shark SSC’s comments, the Council may decide to comment on the proposed measures to the NMFS Highly Migratory Species Management Division.

Copies of the Special Shark SSC meeting agenda can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-228-2815. Please note that the Council does not have copies of the draft FMP available for distribution. Copies of the draft FMP can be obtained from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. This is also the appropriate address for individuals who wish to comment to NMFS on provisions of the draft FMP. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the 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 the meeting. SSC actions 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 December 29, 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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