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

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SHRIMP STOCK ASSESSMENT PANEL TO CONSIDER DEFINITIONS OF MSY, OY, OVERFISHING, AND OVERFISHED FOR GULF SHRIMP STOCKS

Tampa, Florida - May 24, 2002 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Shrimp Stock Assessment Panel (SSAP) to review an Options Paper for Amendment 13 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP) that contains alternatives for defining maximum sustainable yield (MSY), optimum yield (OY), overfishing and the overfished condition for shrimp stocks in the Gulf of Mexico. The SSAP may also consider these parameters for rock shrimp that are currently not part of the management unit of the Shrimp FMP; however, the Council will be considering adding this stock to the Shrimp FMP. Finally, the SSAP may consider a bycatch quota for the shrimp fishery and what impacts it may have on shrimp and bycatch stocks, particularly red snapper.

The meeting will be held at the New Orleans Airport Hilton 901 Airline Highway in Kenner, Louisiana. The meeting is to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2002 and conclude by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2002.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the SSAP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal SSAP action during this meeting. The SSAP 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 SSAP 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 June 10, 2002.

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.

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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