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 FOR A STONE CRAB AMENDMENT

Tampa, Florida - September 22, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has scheduled public hearings for Stone Crab Amendment 7. The Amendment proposes to create a federal trap certificate program for the commercial stone crab fishery in federal waters off Florida. This program will be similar to the trap certificate program adopted by the state of Florida.

A summary of the proposed federal program is as follows:

The hearings will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

 

Monday, October 16, 2000
Marathon Government Center
BOCC Room
2798 Overseas Hwy MM 47.5
Marathon, FL 33050

Wednesday, October 18, 2000
Plantation Inn & Golf Resort
9301 West Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, Florida

The Council will hear public testimony on this amendment on November 15 at its meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi before taking final action. Written comments will be accepted if received at the Council office by November 3, 2000.

The meetings are 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 9, 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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