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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CONTACT: RICHARD L. LEARD
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PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON DRAFT DOLPHIN AND WAHOO FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN

Tampa, Florida - July 7, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings on a "Draft Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin, Coryphaena hippurus, and Wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri, Fishery in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico" (Dolphin/Wahoo FMP). The Dolphin/Wahoo FMP has been prepared by the South Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean fishery management councils. The first 10 actions, with options, of the Dolphin/Wahoo FMP contain measures that are applicable to the dolphin and wahoo stocks in the jurisdictions of all 3 councils. These include measures to: define the management units; address dealer, vessel, and operator permits; consider data reporting requirements; identify estimates of maximum sustainable yield, optimum yield, and overfishing/overfished criteria; and, framework options to enable seasonal adjustments to the management structure. Other actions, with options, are separately applicable to each council’s area of jurisdiction, and include actions that may be implemented through the framework procedures, e.g. minimum size limits, bag limits, trip limits, and allocations, among others.

The hearings will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

 

Monday, July 31, 2000
Port Aransas Community Center
408 North Allister
Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-4111

Tuesday, August 8, 2000
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530
228-374-5000

Wednesday, August 14, 2000
City Hall Auditorium
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
727-391-9951

Tuesday, August 1, 2000
Texas A&M University
200 Seawolf Parkway
Galveston, TX 77553
409-740-4416
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
Orange Beach Community Center
27235 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
334-981-6028
Tuesday, August 15, 2000
Edison Community College
Corbin Auditorium, Room J-103
8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33919
941-489-9412
Monday, August 7, 2000
New Orleans Airport Hilton
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062
504-469-5000
Thursday, August 10, 2000
National Marine Fisheries Service
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408
850-234-6541
Wednesday, August 16, 2000
Pier House
1 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040
305-296-4600

The Council will also hear public testimony before taking final action on the Dolphin/Wahoo FMP which is scheduled for September 2000. The Council will accept written comments until the time that final action is taken.

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 July 24, 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 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This news release, and other Council news releases, can be viewed at the Council’s web site, 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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