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SPECIAL BYCATCH REDUCTION DEVICE ADVISORY PANEL (SBAP) TO REVIEW BYCATCH REDUCTION CRITERION FOR RED SNAPPER

Tampa, Florida - August 3, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Special Ad Hoc Bycatch Reduction Device Advisory Panel (SBAP) to review the bycatch reduction criterion for red snapper that was established for bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) in "Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Waters with Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Regulatory Impact Review, Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, and Social Impact Assessment." The current criterion of 44 percent was the minimum reduction in fishing mortality for age 0 and age 1 red snapper from the average level of fishing mortality during the 1984-89 period. Amendment 9 established a framework procedure for modifying this criterion, if needed, and included a review with recommendations from a SBAP. The SBAP will be convened at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, August 26, 1999 and will conclude by 3:30 p.m.

The SBAP consists of commercial shrimp fishermen, dealers, fishery association representatives, scientists, environmental organization representatives, and others. The meeting will be held at the Airport Hilton Hotel, 901 Airline Highway, Kenner, Louisiana.

Copies of the agendas can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the SBAP 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 SBAP’s 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 physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by August 19, 1999.

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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