This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA07FC0015.
CONTACT: RICHARD L. LEARD
ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED TO REVIEW DRAFT AMENDMENT 11 TO THE SHRIMP FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN
Tampa, Florida - December 11, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold additional public hearings to review Draft Amendment 11 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Public hearings were previously held from Port Isabel, Texas to Key West, Florida. This amendment contains alternatives for requiring shrimp vessel and boat permits, shrimp vessel and boat registration, operator permits, and prohibiting trap gear in the royal red shrimp fishery of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). A major difference between vessel permits and registrations as noted in previous public hearings was that permits could be sanctioned by law enforcement, while vessel registrations could not be. In a recent review of the draft amendment by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) General Counsel, it was determined that if a registration was required as a condition for participating in the shrimp fishery, then a vessel registration could be sanctioned similarly to a permit. Therefore, this perceived difference could have been misleading, and some persons may have supported registrations in the belief that they could not be sanctioned. To give these persons a chance to change or retract their comments, and for others to share their comments on a revised amendment, further public hearings have been scheduled. A copy of the revised draft amendment can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815.
The public hearings will be held at the following locations, dates, and times:
Wednesday, January 3, 2001
Monday, January 8, 2001
Wednesday, January 10, 2001
|Thursday, January 4, 2001
Palacios Recreation Center
Palacios, TX 77465
|Tuesday, January 9, 2001
Bayou La Batre Community Center
Padgett Switch Road
Bayou La Batre, AL 36509
|Wednesday, January 10, 2001
Madeira Beach City Hall
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
In addition, public testimony will be accepted at the Gulf Council meeting in Galveston, Texas on January 17, 2001. Written comments will be accepted if received at the Council office by January 3, 2001.
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 December 27, 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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