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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FISHERY COUNCIL TO CONVENE SOCIOECONOMIC PANEL

Tampa, Florida - March 21, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review available social and economic information on the Gulf migratory group of king and Spanish mackerels and to determine the social and economic implications of the levels of acceptable biological catches recommended by the Council’s Mackerel Stock Assessment Panel (MSAP). The SEP may recommend to the Council total allowable catch (TAC) levels for the 2000-2001 fishing year and certain management measures associated with achieving the TACs.

The SEP will meet on April 13-14, 2000 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida. The meeting is to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13 and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2000.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the SEP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal SEP action during this meeting. SEP 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 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 April 6, 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.

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