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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RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY
CONTACT: RICHARD L. LEARD (813) 228-2815

COUNCIL TO CONVENE ITS STANDING AND SPECIAL MACKEREL SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEES (SSC), AND ITS STANDING AND SPECIAL SHRIMP SSC TO REVIEW STOCK ASSESSMENT REPORTS

Tampa, Florida - July 5, 2002 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Standing and Special Mackerel Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC) to review stock assessment information on mackerel stocks, particularly Gulf Group king mackerel, as well as the report of the Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) and provide recommendations to the Council on possible changes to federal rules affecting mackerels. The Councilís Standing and Special Mackerel SSC meeting will be convened at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 and will conclude by 12:00 noon. The Councilís Standing and Special Shrimp SSC meeting will be convened immediately following the Standing and Special Mackerel SSC meeting. The Standing and Special Shrimp SSC will review the Shrimp Stock Assessment Panel (SSAP) report that includes recommendations for definitions of maximum sustainable yield (MSY), optimum yield (OY), overfishing, and the overfished condition for the various shrimp stocks in the Gulf. The Standing and Special Shrimp SSC will also receive a presentation regarding assessment of direct measures of shrimp fishing effort to determine effort and bycatch in the shrimp fishery and may make recommendations regarding these reports and presentations to the Council. The Standing and Special Shrimp SSC meeting will conclude by 5:00 p.m. The meetings will be held at the New Orleans Airport Hilton, 901 Airline Highway, Kenner, Louisiana.

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 SSCs 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 SSCs 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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