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



Tampa, Florida - March 10, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene their joint Mackerel Stock Assessment Panel (MSAP) to review a full stock assessment for Gulf group king mackerel. The MSAP will also review stock assessment updates for the Atlantic group king mackerel and Gulf and Atlantic migratory groups of Spanish mackerel. The MSAP will consider available information, including but not limited to, commercial and recreational catches, natural and fishing mortality estimates, recruitment, fishery-dependent and fishery-independent data, and data needs. These analyses will be used to determine the condition of the stocks and the levels of acceptable biological catch (ABC) for the 1999-2000 fishing year. The MSAP will also review available stock assessment data for dolphin and wahoo. The MSAP may also review estimates/proxies for maximum sustainable yield (MSY), management targets, and rebuilding schedules.

The meeting will be held at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 75 Virginia Beach Drive in Miami, Florida. The meeting is to begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2000 and conclude by Friday, April 7, 2000.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the MSAP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal MSAP action during this meeting. MSAP 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 MSAP 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 March 27, 2000.

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.