This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA97FC0010.

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RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY
CONTACT: RICHARD L. LEARD

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE COMMENTS ON DRAFT AMENDMENT 12 TO THE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR COASTAL MIGRATORY PELAGIC RESOURCES AND DRAFT AMENDMENT 17 TO THE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR REEF FISH RESOURCES

Tampa, Florida - May 21, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings to receive comments on "Draft Amendment 12 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic, Including Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Impact Review" and "Draft Amendment 17 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources, Including Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Impact Review." Draft Amendment 12 contains provisions for extending the commercial king mackerel permit moratorium from its current expiration date of October 15, 2000 by three or five years in order to provide time for the Gulf and South Atlantic Councils to develop and implement a controlled access system for the king mackerel fishery. Draft Amendment 17 contains provisions for extending the commercial reef fish permit moratorium from its current expiration date of December 31, 2000 by three, four or five years in order to provide time for the Gulf Council to develop and implement a controlled access system for the reef fish fishery.

Public hearings will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Monday, June 14, 1999
City Hall Auditorium
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL

Tuesday, June 15, 1999
National Marine Fisheries Service
Panama City Laboratory
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408

Wednesday, June 16, 1999
Orange Beach Community Center
27235 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561

Thursday, June 17, 1999
Port Aransas Library
700 West Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Copies of these documents may be obtained from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council office, 3018 U.S. Highway 301 North, Suite 1000, Tampa, Florida 33619-2266, (813) 228-2815.

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 June 7, 1999.

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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