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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SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE AND RED DRUM ADVISORY PANEL MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO REVIEW NEW RED DRUM STOCK ASSESSMENT

Tampa, Florida - October 1, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled the following meetings of its Standing & Special Red Drum Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs) and Red Drum Advisory Panel (AP) at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

Based on recommendations from the above meetings, the Council, at its November meeting in Orlando, Florida will decide if changes are needed to current red drum management measures. Currently, it is illegal to harvest or possess red drum in federal waters.

Copies of the agendas can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the Red Drum AP, and Standing and Special Red Drum SSCs for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the Red Drum AP, and Standing SSC will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agendas and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

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 October 21, 1999.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils which were established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans which are designed to manage fishery resources in the 200-mile limit in the Gulf of Mexico.

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