This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA17FC1052.
CONTACT: RICHARD L. LEARD
FISHERY COUNCILS TO CONVENE MACKEREL STOCK ASSESSMENT PANEL
Tampa, Florida - July 9, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene their joint Mackerel Stock Assessment Panel (MSAP) to review a stock assessment for cobia, Rachycentron canadum, in the Gulf and Atlantic area. The MSAP will consider available information from these analyses to determine the condition of the stocks and possibly levels of acceptable biological catch (ABC) for the 2002-2003 fishing year. The MSAP may also review estimates/proxies for maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and optimum yield (OY), as well as definitions of the overfishing and overfished condition. Finally, the MSAP will review management targets and rebuilding schedules, if needed.
The meeting will be held at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 75 Virginia Beach Drive in Miami, Florida. The meeting is to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2001 and conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2001.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the MSAP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal MSAP action during this meeting. The MSAP actions 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 MSAP 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 25, 2001.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 Regional Fishery Management Councils that were established by the MSFCMA of 1976, as amended. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans and amendments that are designed to manage fishery resources to the 200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
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