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 - August 29, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review available social and economic data on red snapper, red grouper, vermilion snapper, and greater amberjack and to determine the social and economic implications of the levels of acceptable biological catches (ABC) that may be recommended by the Council’s Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel (RFSAP). The SEP may recommend to the Council a total allowable catch (TAC) each for greater amberjack, red grouper, and vermilion snapper for the 2001 fishing year.

The meeting will be held on September 20-22, 2000 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2000.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the SEP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. SEP actions 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 13, 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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