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 TO CONVENE ITS STANDING AND SPECIAL MACKEREL SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEES (SSC) TO REVIEW STOCK ASSESSMENT REPORTS AND PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE GUIDELINES FOR NATIONAL STANDARD 1

Tampa, Florida - August 6, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Standing and Special Mackerel Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC) to review stock assessment information on mackerel stocks that were developed as part of the Southeast Area Data and Assessment Review (SEDAR) 5 workshops. As part of the stock assessment process, three workshops were held between December 2003 and April 2004. The first workshop reviewed available data that would be used to develop stock assessments for Gulf and Atlantic group king mackerel. The second workshop provided a forum for developing the stock assessment, and the third workshop was a peer review of the stock assessment. The SSC will review the workshop reports as well as other information that was made available to the workshop attendees and provide the Council with a determination of whether the assessment reflects the best available scientific information. The SSC will also review draft revised guidelines for implementing National Standard 1 or the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA) that addresses overfishing and achieving optimum yield from the Nationís fisheries.

The SSC meeting will be convened at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Tampa Bay, 3050 North Rocky Point Drive West, Tampa, Florida. 

Copies of the agenda and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the SSCs for discussion, in accordance with the M-SFCMA, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the SSC 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 M-SFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

The meetings are open to the public and physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by August 18, 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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