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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COUNCIL SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY GROUP TO REVIEW PROPOSED REVISED FEDERAL GUIDELINES TO NATIONAL STANDARD ONE

Tampa, Florida - August 4, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Finfish Stock Assessment Panel (FSAP) to review proposed revisions to the regulations serving as guidelines for interpreting National Standard One under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (MSA). The FSAP will meet Monday, August 30, 2004 at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 3050 North Rocky Point Drive West, Tampa, Florida from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

National Standard One of the MSA provides management will prevent overfishing while achieving optimum yield from fishery stocks. The guidelines for this standard provide technical guidance on assessing the status of stocks, preventing overfishing and rebuilding overfished stocks. NOAA Fisheries, after scientific review, is preparing to amend the guidelines. The Councilís FSAP consists of scientists with expertise on management of fishery stocks and mathematically assessing the status of such stocks. The FSAP will review the revisions proposed by NOAA Fisheries and make their recommendations to the Council on the scientific merit of the proposed changes and/or the need for additional changes.

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.

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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