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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CONTACT: RICHARD L. LEARD

SHRIMP ADVISORY PANEL AND STANDING AND SPECIAL SHRIMP SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO REVIEW DRAFT AMENDMENT 10 TO THE SHRIMP FMP ADDRESSING ADDITIONAL BYCATCH REDUCTION OFF FLORIDA

Tampa, Florida - July 20, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene the Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) and the Standing and Special Shrimp Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) to review "Draft Amendment 10 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Waters with Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Review, Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, and Social Impact Assessment." This amendment contains alternatives for requiring additional measures to reduce bycatch in the shrimp fishery on the west coast of Florida, south and east of Cape San Blas (85E30' West Longitude). Measures being considered include area and/or seasonal closures, as well as requiring bycatch reduction devices (BRDs).

The Shrimp AP meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2001 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Shrimp SSC meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2001 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the New Orleans Airport Hilton, 901 Airline Highway, Kenner, Louisiana.

Copies of the agendas, Amendment 10, and related materials can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-228-2815. The meetings are open to the public and physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by August 6, 2001.

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Shrimp AP or Shrimp SSC for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the Shrimp AP or Shrimp SSC will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the M-SFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 regional fishery management councils that were established by the M-SFCMA of 1976. The 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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