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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MEETING SCHEDULED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR OFFSHORE AQUACULTURE

Tampa, Florida - August 2, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) has scheduled a meeting of its Ad Hoc Aquaculture Advisory Panel (AP) on August 25-26, 2004 at the Saint Louis Hotel, 730 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m on August 25, 2004 and conclude no later than 3:00 p.m. on August 26, 2004. The AP consists largely of scientists with expertise in marine aquaculture. The AP will be redrafting the Generic Amendment Providing for Regulation of Offshore Marine Aquaculture (Amendment). The draft amendment contains scientific information on culture of marine fish and on the environment affects of such aquaculture. The amendment also contains many alternatives that could be used to regulate aquaculture by best management practices (BMP). The Council solicited public comment on the draft amendment in eight scoping hearings. The AP will consider these public recommendations in redrafting the amendment.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight 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. Copies of the discussion material for this meeting may be obtained 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 August 13, 2004.

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