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

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CONTACT: ANTONIO LAMBERTE

FISHERY COUNCIL TO CONDUCT WORKSHOPS ON ECONOMIC DATA COLLECTION

Tampa, Florida - May 6, 2003 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will conduct workshops on collecting information about vessel expenses and earnings in the Gulf of Mexico reef fish and coastal pelagics (mackerel) fisheries. The main goal of the workshops is to solicit the views of participants on the importance and necessity of collecting vessel and trip level information on expenses and earnings. In addition, participants will be asked for their views on the methods of collecting such information.

Vessel expenses and earnings, also known as cost and returns, information is extremely important so that Council members can have a better understanding of the economic impacts of proposed management actions while they are still under consideration. In addition, several laws such as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and Executive Order 12866 require the use of economic information in the deliberation and formulation of regulations. Fishery participantsí views regarding the nature and collection of this information are critical so that at the time it is collected, assembled and analyzed a more credible picture of the economic condition of the fishery will be depicted and used in the management process.

The workshops will be conducted in the following locations around the Gulf coast. Council staff, with the assistance of NMFS staff, will conduct the workshops. All workshops will begin at 6:00 p.m. local time and conclude at about 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Four Points Hotel by Sheraton 
1325 Miracle Strip Parkway 
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
850-796-3815
Monday, June 2, 2003
Texas City Dept of Rec & Tourism Nessler Center 
2010 5th Avenue North 
Texas City, TX 77590 
09-643-5990
Thursday, June 5, 2003
Holiday Inn Beachside Key West 
3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 
Key West, FL 33040 
305-294-2571
Wednesday, May 28, 2003 
Adam's Mark Hotel 
64 South Water Street 
Mobile, AL 36602 
251-438-4000
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 
Lake Jackson Library 
250 Circle Way 
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-297-1271
Friday, June 6, 2003 
La Quinta Inn Fort Myers 
4850 S. Cleveland Avenue 
Fort Myers, FL 33907 
941-275-3300
Thursday, May 29, 2003 
Mississippi Dept of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue 
Biloxi, MS 39530 
228-374-5000
Wednesday, June 4, 2003 
Matagorda Volunteer Fire Dept.
P. O. Box 70 
Matagorda, TX 77457
979-863-7551
Monday, June 9, 2003 
City of Madeira Beach 
300 Municipal Drive 
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
727-391-9951
Wednesday, June 11, 2003 
Larose Civic Center 
307 East 5th Street 
Larose, LA 70373 
985-693-7355
Thursday, June 12, 2003 
Police Jury Annex 
110 Smith Circle 
Cameron, LA 70631 
333-775-5718
Friday, June 13, 2003 
Hilton New Orleans Airport 
901 Airline Drive 
Kenner, LA 70062 
504-469-5000

The workshops are open to the public and are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by May 20, 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 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

This news release, and other Council news releases, can be viewed at the Councilís web site at 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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