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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CONTACT: STEVEN ATRAN

REEF FISH ADVISORY PANEL AND SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO REVIEW BIOECONOMIC MODELING RESULTS OF PROPOSED RED GROUPER REBUILDING PLAN

Tampa, Florida - May 31, 2002 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Reef Fish Advisory Panel (AP) and the Standing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) to review a report of the Councilís Socioeconomic Panel (SEP). The major content of the SEP report is a bioeconomic model evaluation of the economic implications of various measures proposed to rebuild the Gulf of Mexico red grouper stock under the draft Secretarial Amendment 1 to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan to Set a 10-Year Rebuilding Plan for Red Grouper, With Associated Impacts on Gag and Other Groupers and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The AP and SSC will also provide recommendations to the Council on red grouper regulations.

The AP will be convened at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2002 and will conclude by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2002. The SSC will subsequently convene at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2002. Both meetings will be held at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

Copies of the agendas of these meetings, and draft Secretarial Amendment 1, can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-228-2815 (toll-free 888-833-1844). Additional materials, including an addendum to Secretarial Amendment 1 (reflecting changes to the Councilís preferred alternatives made at the May Council meeting), and the Socioeconomic Panel report, can also be obtained from the Council office but may not be available until just prior to the meetings. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the AP and SSC for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the AP and SSC will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agendas and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

The meetings are open to the public and are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by June 17, 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 Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 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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