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

Tampa, Florida - June 15, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its July 9-13, 2001 meeting at the Hawk’s Cay Resort, 61 Hawk’s Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, Florida and will take final action on Draft Reef Fish Amendment 18/DSEIS. Public testimony on this issue is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2001. Persons testifying must register before the start of the testimony period.

The meeting will begin in closed session on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. with a meeting of the Advisory Panel (AP) Selection Committee to develop recommendations for appointments to the Ad Hoc Red Snapper AP and the Deep-Water Crab AP.

The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet on Monday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to review Draft Reef Fish Amendment 18 and a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) and to make their recommendations to the Council for final action. The full Council will consider those recommendations on Thursday morning.

The Mackerel Management Committee will meet on Tuesday morning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to approve the Dolphin/Wahoo draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The Shrimp Management Committee will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to approve Draft Amendment 10/EA for public hearings and to hear a report on the status of shrimp stocks. The Habitat Protection Committee will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to hear a report on freshwater inflow to the Gulf of Mexico.

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 July 2, 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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