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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SHRIMP ADVISORY PANEL TO REVIEW COOPERATIVE SHRIMP CLOSURE OFF TEXAS AND AN OPTIONS PAPER FOR ADDITIONAL BYCATCH REDUCTION

Tampa, Florida - December 10, 1999 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene the Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) to review scientific information on the effects of the cooperative shrimp seasonal closure with the state of Texas. The Shrimp AP will also receive a presentation regarding the status of the shrimp stocks in the Gulf of Mexico and an overfishing report. The Shrimp AP may develop recommendations to the Council regarding the extent of federal waters off Texas that will be closed in 2000 concurrently with the closure of Texas waters. Finally, the Shrimp AP will review a draft of an Options Paper for Amendment 10 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This options paper contains provisions for requiring additional measures to reduce bycatch in the shrimp fishery, particularly on the west coast of Florida, south and east of 85°30' West Longitude. Measures being considered include area and/or seasonal closures, as well as bycatch reduction devices (BRDs).

The Shrimp AP consists principally of commercial shrimp fishermen, dealers, and association representatives. The meeting is scheduled for January 6, 2000 at the New Orleans Airport Hilton 901 Airline Highway, Kenner, Louisiana, beginning at 8:30 a.m. A copy of the agenda and related materials can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-228-2815.

The meetings are 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 December 29, 1999.

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 AP 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 AP 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 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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