This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA03NMF4410028.



Tampa, Florida - February 21, 2003 - The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils in cooperation with the Southeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service will hold a series of Data Workshops as part of the Southeast Data Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process. The purpose of these Data Workshops will be to convene a select group of scientists, industry representatives, and other knowledgeable persons to review available data on particular species, provide additional data that may not be presently known, and to recommend data needs that will later be used to develop stock assessments, where possible and approaches to gather additional needed data. There will be three data workshops for three species that are currently of interest by at least two of the Councils. The first data workshop will consider data for yellowtail snapper which involves all three councils. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. on March 3, 2003 to 5:00 p.m. March 4, 2003. The second data workshop will be for goliath grouper and will also involve all three councils. It will be held from 8:00 a.m. on March 5, 2003 to 12:00 noon on March 6, 2003. The third data workshop will be for vermilion snapper and will involve the Gulf and Caribbean councils. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. on March 6, 2003 to 5:00 p.m. March 7, 2003.

The meeting will be held at Florida Marine Research Institute, 100 Eighth Avenue, Southeast, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5095; telephone: 727-896-8626.

Additional information on the workshops, their goals, and currently known data sources that will be considered can be obtained by contacting the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council office by calling (813) 228-2815. The 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 February 26, 2003.

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.

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