This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA07FC0015.

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ADVISORY GROUP TO DEVELOP PROPOSAL FOR PERMITTING SYSTEM FOR CHARTER VESSELS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Tampa, Florida - February 4, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) deferred taking action on a Draft Amendment for a Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Moratorium (Amendment) at its January 18-21, 2000 meeting. Instead the Council has asked the Ad Hoc Charter Vessel/Headboat Advisory Panel (AP) to develop an industry proposal for revision of the current federal permit system for charter vessels and headboats engaged in reef fish and coastal migratory pelagics fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. The AP may consider retaining some of the alternatives for management measures considered in the Amendment, and likely will suggest other alternatives that would need to be presented at public hearings in a subsequent amendment. The Council will consider the AP’s recommendations at its March 20-23, 2000 meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The Ad Hoc Charter Vessel/Headboat AP will meet, as follows:

February 28-29, 2000

Charter Vessel/Headboat Advisory Panel
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
Radisson Riverwalk Hotel Tampa
200 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
813-223-2222

The AP 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 February 22, 2000.

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-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.

This news release, and other Council news releases, can be viewed at the Council’s web site at http://www.gulfcouncil.org. In addition, Council press releases may be received via e-mail by sending a blank e-mail message to pressreleases@gulfcouncil.org with SUBSCRIBE as the subject.

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