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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PUBLIC SCOPING WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED ON USE OF MARINE RESERVES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Tampa, Florida - July 16, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a series of 10 public workshops on the possible use of marine reserves as a fishery management tool in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These workshops are to introduce the concept of marine reserves, i.e., zones of restricted or no fishing, to the public, to solicit public comment on whether they are an appropriate tool to use for fishery management in the Gulf of Mexico and if so, how they should be used. There will be no specific options to create marine reserves presented at these workshops, but the comments provided by the workshop participants will be considered by the Council in deciding whether and how to proceed with the development of marine reserves. The Council intends to use an outside facilitator to gain the greatest amount of input from participants and avoid any perceptions of bias.

The workshops will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations.

Monday, August 9, 1999
Four Points Sheraton
3777 North Expressway
Brownsville, Texas 78526
Tuesday, August 10, 1999
Ellis Memorial Library
700 West Avenue A
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
Wednesday, August 11, 1999
Texas A&M University Auditorium
200 Seawolf Parkway
Galveston, Texas 77553
Thursday, August 12, 1999
Four Points Sheraton
333 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Monday, August 16, 1999
J. L. Scott Marine Education
Center & Aquarium
115 East Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, Mississippi 39566
Tuesday, August 17, 1999
Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn
23092 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
Wednesday, August 18, 1999
The Boardwalk Beach and
Conference Center
9600 South Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida 32408
Thursday, August 19, 1999
Steinhatchee Elementary School
1st Avenue South
Steinhatchee, Florida 32359
Monday, August 23, 1999
Harvey Government Center
1200 Truman Avenue
Key West, Florida 33040
Tuesday, August 24, 1999
Radisson Bay Harbor Inn
7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, Florida 33607


Copies of the scoping documents that will be used at the workshops, Marine Reserves for Fisheries Management: Questions and Answers and, Marine Reserves Technical Document can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-228-2815. The documents can also be downloaded from the Council’s web site at http://www.gulfcouncil.org.

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 August 2, 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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