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STONE CRAB ADVISORY PANEL (AP) TO REVIEW AMENDMENT FOR A STONE CRAB TRAP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Tampa, Florida - May 12, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Stone Crab Advisory Panel (AP) to review an amendment to the Stone Crab Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude by 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 8, 2000. The meeting will be held at the Banana Bay Resort & Marina, 4590 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050.

The amendment proposes to extend the trap certificate program for the commercial stone crab fishery adopted by the state of Florida into the federal waters off west Florida. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC), after working with the stone crab industry and Council over the past 4 years, has adopted by rule a trap certificate program that will gradually reduce the number of traps over a 30-year period. The Florida legislature has approved the portion of this program pertaining to licenses and fees. Based on this review, the AP may make recommendations to the Council for consideration at their meeting in Key Largo, July 10-14, 2000.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the AP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal AP action during this meeting. AP 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 and amendment 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 May 25, 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. 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.

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