This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA17FC1052.




Tampa, Florida - January 12, 2001 - At its November 2000 meeting, the Gulf Council reviewed new alternatives added by members at the September meeting to the proposed Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Moratorium Amending the: Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and Coastal Migratory Pelagics FMP. These principally included alternatives for a charter vessel quota for red snapper based on charter vessel landings for various periods in lieu of implementing the permit moratorium. The Gulf Council retained all of the alternatives proposed by the Ad Hoc Charter Vessel/Headboat Advisory Panel along with preferred alternatives selected by the Gulf Council in September.

Mr. Jim Fensom, Council member from Panama City, Florida, proposed (and the Gulf Council concurred with this motion by a vote of 10 to 6) a simplified management system with alternatives that the Gulf Council can select after public hearings. Mr. Fensom’s simplified management system is as follows (new alternatives indicated by asterisk and bold) :

Public hearings on the revised amendment will be scheduled for February 2001 as follows:


Monday, February 5, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Laguna Madre Learning Center
Port Isabel High School
Highway 100

Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 943-0052
Tuesday, February 6, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Port Aransas Community Center
408 North Allister
Port Aransas, TX
(361) 749-4111
Wednesday, February 7, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Texas A&M University
200 Seawolf Parkway
Galveston, TX 77553
(409) 740-4416
Monday, February 12, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Larose Regional Park
307 East 5th Street
Larose, LA 70373
(504) 693-7380
Tuesday, February 13, 2001
6:00 p.m.

MS Dept. of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Drive
Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 374-5000
Wednesday, February 14, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(334) 974-1600
Thursday, February 15, 2001
7:00 p.m.

National Marine Fisheries Service
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 33040
(850) 234-6541
Monday, February 19, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Beachside
3841 North Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-2571
Tuesday, February 20, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Naples Depot Civic CUltural Center
1051 Fifth Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
(941) 262-1776
Wedsnesday, February 21, 2001
7:00 p.m.

Madeira Beach City Hall
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
(727) 391-9951

To obtain a copy of the amendment contact the Gulf Council Office at 813-228-2815. Written comments on the amendment must be received by March 16, 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 January 29, 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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