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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CONTACT: PETER HOOD

RED DRUM STOCK ASSESSMENT PANEL TO REVIEW RED DRUM ASSESSMENT METHODS

Tampa, Florida - March 16, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Red Drum Stock Assessment Panel (RDSAP) to develop a standardized stock assessment methodology that can accept area (state)-specific data and work with these within the context of a Gulf stock assessment. In addition, the RDSAP will hear about new life history research conducted by Louisiana State University personnel and will consider available data on shrimp-trawl bycatch mortality and historic length composition of the commercial catch that may have not been used in the last stock assessment conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2001 at the New Orleans Airport Hilton, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, Louisiana. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by 5:00 p.m.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the Panel for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action by the Panel during this meeting. The Panelís actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

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 April 3, 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, as amended. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources to the 200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

This news release, and other Council news releases, can be viewed at the Councilís 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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