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 SHRIMP AMENDMENT 10

Tampa, Florida - August 17, 2001 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its September 10-13, 2001 meeting at the W New Orleans Hotel, 333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana and will take final action on Draft Shrimp Amendment 10/EA. Public testimony on this issue is scheduled from 1:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2001. Persons testifying must register before the start of the testimony period.

The meeting will begin in closed session on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. to review litigation affecting fishery management plan (FMP) amendments.

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 develop their recommendations to the Council. The full Council will consider those recommendations on Thursday morning. Final action on Reef Fish Amendment 18 will be taken at the December 10-14, 2001 Council meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Budget Committee will meet on Tuesday morning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to discuss the CY 2001 budget. The Shrimp Management Committee will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to review Draft Amendment 10/EA to develop their recommendations to the full Council for final action. The full Council will consider those recommendations on Thursday afternoon. The Shrimp Committee will also hear a report on the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Foundationís Bycatch and Effort Monitoring Program. The Personnel Committee will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to consider revisions to the personnel section of the Administrative Handbook.

There will be a joint meeting of the Law Enforcement Committee and Law Enforcement Advisory Panel from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday to receive progress reports on the Operations Plan and Cooperative Enforcement Agreements.

The Council will act on the committee recommendations on Thursday followed by agency reports and election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

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 Councilís 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 August 31, 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 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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