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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CHAIRMEN OF REGIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCILS TO MEET AND DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES

Tampa, Florida - April 27, 2001 - The Chairmen of the 8 Regional Fishery Management Councils will hold their annual meeting at the Hilton Key West Resort and Marina, 245 Front Street, Key West, Florida on May 22-25, 2001. During the course of the meeting they will discuss policy issues affecting the management of fishery stocks in federal waters. The joint session with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and NOAA General Counsel’s Office (GCFO) will be held May 23, beginning at 1:30 p.m., through May 25, ending at noon.

In Wednesday afternoon’s session, the participants will hear opening policy statements from the Director of NMFS and GCFO. The remainder of that session will focus on the issues affecting fisheries enforcement by the USCG and NMFS.

Thursday morning’s session will be devoted to discussion of the amendments needed to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation & Management Act, which provides authorization to make rules that regulate the fisheries. The recommendations of the Council Chairmen and of the NMFS will be presented. Other legislation before Congress that affects marine resources will also be discussed.

Thursday afternoon’s session will include discussion of the following issues affecting fisheries management: (1) budget and fiscal policies; (2) policy issues and initiatives; (3) scientific and technology programs; and, (4) activities related to marine protected areas.

Friday morning’s session will include discussion of the following issues affecting fisheries management: (1) policy and actions addressing essential fish habitat; (2) update on the actions of the National Coral Reef Task Team; (3) policy and actions addressing fishing vessel capacity reduction programs; and, (4) administrative issues affecting Council operations.

The Council Chairmen and staff will meet Tuesday, May 22 beginning at 9:00 a.m. through noon on Wednesday, May 23, to develop their positions on many of the issues that will be discussed during the May 23-25 session described above.

A copy of the 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 15, 2001.

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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