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 

SHRIMP ADVISORY PANEL TO DISCUSS SHRIMPING EFFORT, STATUS OF SHRIMP STOCKS, ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT, AND AN OPTIONS PAPER FOR AMENDMENT 13

Tampa, Florida - July 5, 2002 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) on July 31, 2002 at the New Orleans Airport Hilton, 901 Airline Highway, Kenner, Louisiana, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Shrimp AP will receive reports from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the status and health of shrimp stocks in the Gulf, a stock assessment report, and a report on the Tortugas pink shrimp fishery. The Shrimp AP will also receive presentations regarding direct measures to assess shrimp fishing effort that can be used to evaluate effort and bycatch, and a summit for sustainability of the shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Shrimp AP will also review an Options Paper for Amendment 13 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP) that includes alternatives to add rock shrimp to the Shrimp FMP and establishment of status criteria for shrimp stocks including maximum sustainable yields (MSY), optimum yields (OY), as well as criteria for determining if any of the shrimp stocks are undergoing overfishing or should be classified as overfished. The Options Paper may also contain alternatives for requiring vessel monitoring systems and bycatch quotas. Finally, the Shrimp AP will also discuss a preliminary draft of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for essential fish habitat (EFH) in the Gulf.

Copies of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815 (or toll-free 888-833-1844). Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Shrimp AP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Shrimp AP will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the M-SFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take action to address the emergency.

This 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 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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