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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TEXAS HABITAT PROTECTION ADVISORY PANEL TO DISCUSS HABITAT ISSUES OF CONCERN

Tampa, Florida - August 25, 2000 -The Texas Habitat Protection Advisory Panel (AP), made up of representatives from Texas recreational and commercial fishing groups, conservation organizations, academia, and state and federal resource agencies, will be convened at the Courtyard by Marriott, 9190 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas to review and discuss fishery habitat issues. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2000, and is expected to adjourn at 4:00 p.m.

The Texas Habitat AP is part of a three-unit Habitat Protection AP of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). The principal role of the advisory panels is to assist the Council in addressing issues related to Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and other habitat and ecological relationships supporting the marine resources of the Gulf of Mexico. Advisory panels serve as a first alert system to call to the Council’s attention proposed projects being developed and other activities which may adversely impact the Gulf marine fisheries and their supporting habitat. The APs may also provide advice to the Council on EFH, as well as policies and procedures for addressing environmental affairs.

At this meeting, the AP will tentatively discuss the Houston-Galveston Ship Channel barge lane expansion, the monitoring plan for Wild Cow Bayou, the Corpus Christi Ship Channel deepening project, the new bridge project across LaVaca Bay, and the Nature Conservancy’s EcoRegion planning efforts. The AP will also review the Council’s Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Policy and the Council’s Wetland Management Policy.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815.

Although other issues not on the agenda 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 by the AP during this meeting. The AP’s action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

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 September 12, 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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