This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA07FC0015.

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CONTACT: STEVEN ATRAN

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON REEF FISH AMENDMENT 18

Tampa, Florida - May 18, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings on Reef Fish Amendment 18 and an accompanying Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), which proposes to establish a 10-year red grouper rebuilding program and address other gear and enforcement issues. The issues contained in draft Reef Fish Amendment 18 and the Councilís proposed alternatives are as follows:

Public hearings will be held from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the following locations and dates:

Thursday, June 14, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Port Aransas Community Center
408 North Allister
Port Aransas, TX
Monday, June 18, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Larose Regional Park
307 East 5th St.
Larose, LA
Tuesday, June 19, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Imperial Palace Hotel
850 Bayview
Biloxi, MS
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL
Thursday, June 21, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Marine Fisheries Service
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL
Monday, June 25, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holiday Inn Beachside
3841 North Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, FL
Tuesday, June 26, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Edison Comm. College, Hendry Hall
Room K143 (use Shoreline Blvd.
entrance, park in 1st lot on right)
Ft. Myers, FL
Wednesday, June 27, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Madeira Beach City Hall
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL
Thursday, June 28, 2001
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Plantation Inn
9301 West Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL

 

Copies of draft Reef Fish Amendment 18 and the draft SEIS can be obtained by contacting the Gulf Council office at 813-228-2815 (e-mail gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org).

The Council will also hear public testimony before taking final action on the amendment on July 11, 2001 at its meeting in Duck Key, Florida. The Council will accept written comments received by June 28, 2001.

The meetings are open to the public and are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by June 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, 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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