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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CONTACT: RICHARD LEARD

COUNCIL TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON DRAFTS OF AMENDMENT 15 TO THE COASTAL MIGRATORY PELAGICS FMP AND AMENDMENT 24 TO THE REEF FISH FMP

Tampa, Florida - September 24, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold nine public hearings to solicit public input on drafts of Amendment 15 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and Amendment 24 to the Reef Fish FMP. Each of these amendments contain alternatives to allow the existing commercial permit moratoria to expire, extend the moratoria for 5 or 10 years, or replace the moratoria with permanent limited access systems that would, in essence, maintain the cap on the number of permits indefinitely, or until replaced or eliminated by additional actions by the Council. The Council is soliciting public comment on which of these alternatives, and for other alternatives, that should be considered by the Council. The Council is soliciting public comment on these issues through the public hearings, by mail and by e-mail; and must be received by the Council on or before November 5, 2004.

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

Monday, October 18, 2004 
Brownsville Events Center
1 Events Center Boulevard
Brownsville, TX  78526
956-554-0700
Monday, October 25, 2004
National Marine Fisheries Service
3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408
850-234-6541
Tuesday, October 19, 2004 
Port Aransas Community Center
408 North Allister
Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-4111
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
251-415-3068
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
DoubleTree Grand Key Resort
3990 S. Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040
888-310-1540

(Joint Public Hearing with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council)
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Palace Casino Resort
158 Howard Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530
800-725-2239
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
San Luis Resort 
5222 Seawall Boulevard 
Galveston Island, Texas 77551 
409-740-1500
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Madeira Beach City Hall
300 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
727-391-9951
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Grand Isle Community Center
3811 Highway 1
Grand Isle, LA 70358
985-787-3196
 

Copies of the documents and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815. These hearings 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 October 12, 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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