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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FISHERY COUNCIL TO CONVENE SOCIOECONOMIC PANEL

Tampa, Florida - August 19, 2003 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review available social and economic information on yellowtail snapper. The SEP will also review a project proposal, submitted to the Council by researchers from Florida State University, that will attempt to estimate the economic impacts of the various fisheries in the Gulf. In addition, the SEP will hear presentations on the individual fishing quota for the red snapper commercial fishery.

The SEP meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 and conclude by12:00 noon on Friday, September12, 2003. The meeting will be held at the Omni Royal Orleans, 621 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. A report will be prepared by the SEP containing their conclusions and recommendations. This report will be presented for review to the Councilís Reef Fish Advisory Panel and Standing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committee at meetings to be held in October 2003 in Tampa, Florida and to the Council at its meeting on November 9-12, 2003 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the SEP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the SEP 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 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 September 3, 2003.

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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