This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA07FC0015.



Tampa, Florida -December 12, 2000 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) on January 8, 2001 at the Imperial Palace Hotel 850 Bayview, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Shrimp AP will review a revision to Draft Amendment 11 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan that provides revised alternatives for registrations of shrimp craft and additional analyses of impacts of permitting and registration alternatives. The Shrimp AP will also review an Options Paper for Amendment 10 to the Shrimp FMP that includes alternatives for additional bycatch measures in the Gulf. Finally, the Shrimp AP will receive reports from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the status and health of shrimp stocks in the Gulf and the effects of the 2000 Cooperative Shrimp Closure with the state of Texas. The Shrimp AP may make recommendations for a cooperative closure with Texas for 2001.

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 Shrimp AP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Shrimp AP 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 M-SFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the 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 January 2, 2001.

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.

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