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

STANDING AND SPECIAL SHRIMP SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO MEET IN NEW ORLEANS

Tampa, Florida -September 15, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Standing and Special Shrimp Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) on October 10, 2000 at the New Orleans Airport Hilton, 901 Airline Highway, Kenner, Louisiana. The Standing and Special Shrimp SSC will meet beginning at 10:00 a.m. to consider Draft Amendment 11 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan that contains alternatives for requiring permits and/or registration of shrimp vessels, as well as permits for shrimp vessel operators and a prohibition on the use of trap gear in the royal red shrimp fishery.

Copies of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815 (or toll-free 888-833-1844). Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Standing and Special Shrimp SSC for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the Standing and Special Shrimp SSC will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

This 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 October 2, 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.

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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