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 SET TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC) FOR RED SNAPPER AND RED GROUPER FOR THE 2000 SEASON

Tampa, Florida - October 14, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its November 8-12, 1999 meeting at the Caribe Royale Resort Suites, 14300 International Drive, Orlando, Florida. At this meeting, the Council will hear public testimony on the Red Snapper TAC and Red Grouper TAC. Testimony before the Council will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 1999. Persons who will testify must turn in a registration card before the start of the testimony period.

The Habitat Protection Committee will meet on Monday beginning at 8:00 a.m. to consider revisions to the Council habitat protection policy and the recommendations of the 3 Habitat Protection Advisory Panels (APs). A joint meeting of the Reef Fish and Mackerel Management Committees will begin at 11:00 a.m. to approve the Draft Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Moratorium Amendment for public hearings. A joint meeting of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Committee, the Law Enforcement Committee, and the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 1:00 p.m. to review the level of fishery violations in the Gulf and consider the recommendations of the AP for regulatory actions. The Red Drum Management Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. to hear the Red Drum Stock Assessment Panel (SAP) report on the condition of the red drum stock and to consider the recommendations of the Red Drum AP, and Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

On Tuesday, beginning at 8:00 a.m., the Reef Fish Management Committee will meet to hear the Reef Fish SAP Report, consider the recommendations of the Socioeconomic Panel (SEP), APs, and SSC and develop recommendations to the Council on red snapper and red grouper TAC. The full Council will take final action on those recommendations on Thursday morning, November 11. The Reef Fish Management Committee will also consider management recommendations of a panel of red snapper stakeholders covened by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). At 3:30 p.m., there will be a joint meeting of the Marine Reserves Committee and the Reef Fish Management Committee to consider whether to take action to develop an amendment that would include a proposal for a marine reserve near the Florida Keys.

On Wednesday, beginning at 8:00 a.m., the Administrative Policy Committee will meet to develop a policy on the handling and distribution of written public comment and on review of stock assessments. The Shrimp Management Committee will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. to hear a summary of the recommendations of stakeholders from a Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) Workshop convened by NMFS. The Mackerel Management Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. to select management alternatives for a Dolphin/Wahoo Draft Fishery Management Plan (FMP) that will be presented at public hearings next year.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the Council for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) , 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 this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305 (c) of the MSFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. 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 November 1, 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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