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

Gulf Council logoNEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: AS APPROPRIATE
CONTACT: WAYNE E. SWINGLE

(Note: This is a revised version of a previous news release.  The August 31, 2004 hearing has been changed from Madeira Beach, Florida to Tampa, Florida.)

SCOPING HEARINGS ON THE RED SNAPPER INDIVIDUAL FISHING QUOTA (IFQ) DOCUMENT SCHEDULED (revised)

Tampa, Florida - July 19, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold 10 hearings on a scoping document to solicit public input on the alternative that should be used for an amendment that will create an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the commercial red snapper fishery. The scoping document presented at the hearings will consist of two parts. First it includes a section on vessel monitoring systems (VMS) with alternatives for requiring (or not requiring) participants in the red snapper IFQ program to have VMS to enhance the enforceability of the IFQ program. The second and principal part of the scoping document is an IFQ profile which contains numerous alternatives for structuring the IFQ program. The Council is soliciting public comment on which of these alternatives, and for other alternatives, that should be considered by the Council in developing the IFQ program. Persons with commercial reef fish licenses will be mailed a copy of the scoping document. Others may obtain a copy from the Councilís web page: http//www.gulfcouncil.org or by calling 813-228-2815. The Council is soliciting public comment on these issues through the scoping hearings, by mail and by e-mail; and must be received by the Council on or before September 3, 2004.

The public hearings will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. and concluding no later than 10:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

Wednesday, August 11, 2004 
Harrah's Lake Charles Casino Hotel 
505 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana  70601 
337-437-1546
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
San Luis Resort
5222 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston Island, Texas 77551
409-740-8616
Thursday, August 12, 2004 
Holiday Inn Houma 
210 S. Hollywood Road 
Houma, Louisiana  70360 
877-800-9383
Monday, August 23, 2004
MS Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Drive
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530
228-374-5000
Friday, August 13, 2004
Hilton New Orleans Airport 
901 Airline Drive 
Kenner, Louisiana 70062 
504-469-5000
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Perdido Beach Resort
27200 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, Alabama  36561
251-981-9811
Monday, August 16, 2004
Holiday Inn Emerald Beach 
1102 South Shoreline Boulevard 
Corpus Christie, Texas  78401 
361-883-5731
Monday, August 30, 2004
National Marine Fisheries Service
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, Florida  32408
850-234-6541
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Palacios Recreation Center
2401 Perryman
Palacios, Texas  77465
361-972-2387
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Radisson Bay Harbor Hotel
7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, Florida 33607
813-281-8900

These meetings 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 July 28, 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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