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: RICHARD L. LEARD (813) 228-2815

COUNCIL TO CONVENE ITS MACKEREL ADVISORY PANEL (AP) TO REVIEW THE MACKEREL STOCK ASSESSMENT PANEL REPORT AND THE REPORT OF THE SOCIOECONOMIC PANEL

Tampa, Florida - July 5, 2002 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Mackerel Advisory Panel (AP) to review a report of the Mackerel Stock Assessment Panel (MSAP) that includes status of stock information on Gulf Group king mackerel and little tunny, as well as the range of acceptable biological catch (ABC). The Mackerel AP will also review the report of the Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) on these stocks and may make recommendations to the Council for additional management measures based on these reviews. The Mackerel AP will also receive reports on the status of the Dolphin/Wahoo Fishery Management Plan (FMP) that is being developed jointly with the South Atlantic and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and a regulatory amendment to establish definitions of maximum sustainable yield (MSY), optimum yield (OY), overfishing, and the overfished condition for mackerel and cobia stocks in the Gulf. the various shrimp stocks in the Gulf. The Mackerel AP meeting will be held at the New Orleans Airport Hilton, 901 Airline Highway, Kenner, Louisiana on Monday, July 29, 2002, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Copies of the agendas of these meetings and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the Mackerel AP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during the meeting. Actions of the Mackerel AP 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 physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by July 22, 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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