This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA97FC0010.




Tampa, Florida - November 5, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review "Draft Amendment for a Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Moratorium." This plan amendment proposes to impose a moratorium on the issuance of new permits for reef fish and coastal pelagics charter vessels/headboats. The SEP will prepare a report containing their conclusions and recommendations on the plan amendment. This report will be presented for review to the Council’s Standing Scientific and Statistical Committee and Ad Hoc Charter Vessel Advisory Panel at meetings to be held in early January 2000. The SEP report will also be presented to the Council at its meeting on January 17-20, 2000 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

The SEP meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 1999 and will conclude by 12:00 noon on Friday, December 3, 1999 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

Composing the SEP membership are economists, sociologists, and anthropologists from various universities and state fishery agencies throughout the Gulf. They advise the Council on the social and economic implications of certain fishery management measures.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the SEP 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 SEP 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.

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 26, 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, as amended. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources to the 200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.