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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COUNCIL TO CONSIDER CHANGES TO THE SHRIMP BYCATCH REDUCTION DEVICE CERTIFICATION STANDARD FOR RED SNAPPER

Tampa, Florida - August 20, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its September 13-16, 1999 meeting at the Gulf State Park Resort Hotel in Gulf Shores, Alabama. At this meeting, the Council will hear public testimony on the Shrimp Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) Certification Standard. Testimony before the Council will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday September 15, 1999. Persons who will testify must turn in a registration card before the start of the testimony period.

The Budget Committee will meet on Monday beginning at 1:00 p.m. to hear a status report on the CY 1999 budget and develop its recommendations to the Council on the CY 2000 budget. The Shrimp Management Committee will meet beginning at 2:00 p.m. to hear recommendations from the Special Ad Hoc BRD Advisory Panel (AP) and develop recommendations to the Council. The Mackerel Management Committee will meet beginning at 3:00 p.m. to review an options paper for a joint Dolphin/Wahoo Fishery Management Plan (FMP) between the Gulf, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils.

On Tuesday, beginning at 8:00 a.m., there will be a joint meeting of the Reef Fish and Mackerel Management Committees to review a preliminary options paper on a charter vessel permit moratorium and develop recommendations to the Council. At 10:30 a.m., the Ad Hoc Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Committee will meet to consider a Law Enforcement Committee recommendation that certain vessels be required to have VMS.

The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday to hear a status report on the red snapper regulatory amendment, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) recommendation for management of the red snapper recreational fishery, and to select stocks for which assessments will be completed in 2000. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the Ad Hoc Marine Reserves Committee will hear a summary of the marine reserves workshops and develop recommendations for future Council actions regarding marine reserves.

There will also be closed sessions on Monday morning of the Advisory Panel (AP) and Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committees to select members for a Dolphin/Wahoo AP and SSC.

Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the Council for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice. A copy of the Committee schedule and agenda can be obtained by calling (813) 228-2815.

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 September 3, 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.

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