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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COUNCIL CANCELS PUBLIC HEARINGS ON CHARTER VESSEL PERMIT AMENDMENT

Tampa, Florida -September 19, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), at its September 11-14, 2000 meeting in Mobile, Alabama, tabled until November 2000 any further action to approve the draft amendment for public hearings. The amendment proposed to establish a moratorium on the issuance of any additional charter vessel permits to fish in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The amendment also proposed to establish a new charter vessel permit and contained alternatives setting forth requirements for eligibility for the permit. Ten public hearings had previously been scheduled in October 2000. All of the hearings have been cancelled.

The Council, at its November 13-17, 2000 meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, will consider whether to reschedule hearings on the draft amendment in December 2000 or January 2001, or whether to terminate any further action on the amendment.

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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