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

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COUNCIL TO TAKE FINAL ACTION ON CHARTER VESSEL/HEADBOAT PERMIT MORATORIUM AMENDMENT

Tampa, Florida - March 2, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) at its March 26-30, 2001 meeting at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama will take final action on a Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Moratorium amendment after hearing public testimony. Public testimony on this issue is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2001. Persons testifying must register before the start of the testimony period.

The Advisory Panel (AP) Selection Committee will meet Monday morning in closed session from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to develop its recommendations to the Council on appointment of AP members. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee will meet on Monday in closed session from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to develop its recommendations to the Council on appointment of SSC, stock assessment panel (SAP), and socioeconomic panel (SEP) members. The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet on Monday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to select preferred alternatives on Reef Fish Amendment 18 Options Paper and hear a legal opinion on individual fishing quota (IFQ) development.

There will be a joint meeting of the Reef Fish Management Committee and the Mackerel Management Committee from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday to develop recommendations to the Council for final action on the Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Moratorium Amendment. The Council will hear their report and take final action on Thursday, March 29. The Shrimp Management Committee will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. to discuss Shrimp Amendment 10 Options Paper The Mackerel Management Committee will meet on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to discuss control rule risk levels.

The Council will act on the committee recommendations on Thursday and Friday morning, followed by agency reports.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the Council for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305 (c) of the MSFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. A copy of the Committee schedule and agenda can be obtained by calling (813) 228-2815. The 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 March 19, 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.

This news release, and other Council news releases, can be viewed at the Council’s web site at 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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