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 APPROVE DRAFT REEF FISH AMENDMENT 18 AND DRAFT SHRIMP AMENDMENT 10 FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS

Tampa, Florida - April 23, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its May 14-17, 2001 meeting at the Edgewater Beach Resort, 11211 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida.

The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet on Monday afternoon from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. to approve Draft Reef Fish Amendment 18 and a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for public hearings and to consider establishing a Reef Fish Quota Management Working Group to Develop an Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Profile.

The Red Drum Management Committee will meet on Tuesday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to hear recommendations from the Red Drum Stock Assessment Panel (RDSAP) on stock assessment methodology. The Law Enforcement Committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday to discuss the Law Enforcement Advisory Panelís Cooperative Law Enforcement Operations Plan, and to discuss federal support of regional law enforcement. The Data Collection Committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday to hear a presentation on the Gulf State Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) Fisheries Information Network (FIN) program. The Administrative Policy Committee will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to discuss Senate Bill S.637 and to discuss policy issues for the Councilís administrative handbook. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Shrimp Management Committee will meet to approve Draft Amendment 10/EA for public hearings and to consider an amendment to include rock shrimp in the Shrimp fishery management plan (FMP). The Mackerel Management Committee will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss overfishing and overfished definitions, optimum yield (OY) targets and thresholds for Gulf group king and Spanish mackerel and to consider a pelagic longline area closure for dolphin and wahoo.

On Wednesday morning, the Council will hear a presentation by Dr. Chris Koenig on the preliminary results of a study of closed gag aggregation sites at Madison/Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Marine Reserves. Following that presentation, the Council will act on the committee recommendations on Wednesday and Thursday 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 Councilís 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 May 7, 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 Councilís 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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