This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA04NMF4410020.

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FISHERY COUNCIL TO CONVENE SOCIOECONOMIC PANEL

Tampa, Florida - February 25, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review an analyses of interactions between red snapper and vermilion snapper fisheries; review recreational economic literature; review Shrimp Amendments 13 and 14 Options Papers; and will hear a presentation on the individual fishing quota for the red snapper commercial fishery.

The SEP meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2004 and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2004. The meeting will be held at the Double Tree Hotel, 4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida 33607; telephone 813-879-4800.

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 April 2004 in Tampa, Florida and to the Council at its meeting on May 17-20, 2004 in Key Largo, Florida.

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 March 11, 2004.

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. 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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