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



Tampa, Florida - September 18, 2002 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has canceled the meeting of its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) that was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2002 and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2002 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida. This meeting will be rescheduled and a press release announcing the dates and times will be sent at a later date.

The SEP was to review available social and economic information on red grouper and yellowedge grouper stocks and to determine the social and economic implications of the levels of acceptable biological catch (ABC) recommended by the Councilís Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel (RFSAP). A presentation from Dr. Wade Griffin of Texas A&M University on the details of his bioeconomic model and results of a bioeconomic modeling evaluation of the Texas shrimp closure were also scheduled for discussion. This meeting has been cancelled due to delays in obtaining an economic analyses on red and yellowedge grouper.

The membership of the SEP includes economists, sociologists, and anthropologists from various state fishery agencies throughout the Gulf, the National Marine Fisheries Service and universities. They advise the Council on the social and economic implications of certain fishery management measures.

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, as amended. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources to the 200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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