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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ADVISORY PANEL TO REVIEW PUBLIC COMMENTS ON RED SNAPPER IFQ PROFILE

Tampa, Florida - October 1, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councilís (Council) Ad Hoc Red Snapper Advisory Panel (AP) will be convened to review public comment on an individual fishing quota (IFQ) scoping document, and to develop their recommendations to the Council on the alternatives that should become rules regulating the IFQ process. The AP consists of persons in the commercial red snapper fishery that are dealers or fishermen holding either Class 1 or Class 2 commercial red snapper vessel licenses. The AP also has four nonvoting members representing law enforcement, academia, red snapper biological assessment, and the environmental community. An IFQ program would be used to allocate shares of the commercial red snapper quota to all fishermen with records of landings. Each fishermanís share would be based on his landing records from the trip tickets he/she filed with NOAA Fisheries (NMFS). The IFQ shares will be transferrable to other fishermen. The IFQ profile includes alternatives for regulating the IFQ program that were reviewed by the public at scoping hearings held in August, 2004.

The meeting will be held on October 26 and 27, 2004, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, at the New Orleans Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 2150 Veterans Boulevard, Kenner, Louisiana 70062.

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 October 18, 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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