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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PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED TO REVIEW DRAFT AMENDMENT 11 TO THE SHRIMP FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN

Tampa, Florida - September 14, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings to review Draft Amendment 11 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This amendment contains alternatives for requiring shrimp vessel permits, shrimp vessel registration, operator permits, and prohibiting trap gear in the royal red shrimp fishery of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). A copy of the draft amendment can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815.

The public hearings will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

 

Monday, October 2, 2000
Laguna Madre Learning Center
Port Isabel High School
Highway 100
Port Isabel, TX 78578

Wednesday, October 4, 2000
Palacios Recreation Center
2401 Perryman
Palacios, TX 77465

Thursday, October 5, 2000
The Victorian Hotel & Conference Center
6300 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551

Friday, October 6, 2000
Police Jury Annex
Courthouse Square
110 Smith Circle
Cameron, LA 70631
Monday, October 9, 2000
Larose Regional Park
2001 East 5th Street
Larose, LA 70373
Tuesday, October 10, 2000
Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530
Tuessday, October 10, 2000
New Orleans Airport Hilton
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062
Wednesday, October 11, 2000
Adam's Mark Hotel & Resort
64 South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Thursday, October 12, 2000
Franklin County Courthouse
33 Market Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Monday, October 23, 2000
Holiday Inn Beachside
3841 North Rooseelt Blvd.
Key West, FL 33040
Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Edison Community College
Corbin Auditorium, Room J-103
8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 339199
Thursday, October 26, 2000
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
5303 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609

In addition, public testimony will be accepted at the Gulf Council meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, on November 15, 2000. Written comments will be accepted if received at the Council office by November 3, 2000.

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 September 25, 2000.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 regional fishery management councils that were established by the Magnuson 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.

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