This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA17FC2203.



Tampa, Florida - February 15, 2002 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its March 11-15, 2002 meeting at the Adamís Mark Hotel , 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama and will take public testimony on Draft Shrimp Amendment 10/EA/RIR, the Red Grouper Amendment, total allowable catch (TAC) recommendations for gag grouper, a greater amberjack rebuilding program, and a coastal migratory pelagic (CMP) status determination criteria. Although the Council will hear public testimony on the Red Grouper Amendment, final action will not be taken until the July 8-12, 2002 Council meeting in Sarasota, Florida. Public testimony on these issues is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2002. Persons testifying must register before the start of the testimony period.

The meeting will begin on Monday morning with the Mackerel Management Committee meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon to develop recommendations for mackerel and cobia status determination criteria. The full Council will consider these recommendations on Friday morning. The Shrimp Management Committee will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to hear a staff presentation on a revised Draft Shrimp Amendment 10/EA/RIR and develop recommendations for final action by the full Council on Thursday morning.

There will be a closed session briefing on litigation on Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to review a draft Red Grouper Amendment containing alternatives for rebuilding of the red grouper stock. The committee will also discuss TAC recommendations for gag, and a greater amberjack rebuilding program. The full Council will consider these recommendations on Thursday.

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 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 March 4, 2002.

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.

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