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 MACKEREL AND REEF FISH ADVISORY PANELS (AP) TO REVIEW DRAFTS OF AMENDMENT 15 TO THE COASTAL MIGRATORY PELAGICS FMP AND AMENDMENT 24 TO THE REEF FISH FMP

Tampa, Florida - October 13, 2004 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will separately convene its Mackerel and Reef Fish Advisory Panels (APs) to review public hearing 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 Mackerel AP meeting will be convened by conference call at 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 25, 2004. The Reef Fish AP meeting will be convened by conference call at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, October 28, 2004. Persons wishing to listen to the calls may do so at the following locations: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Panama City Laboratory, 3500 Delwood Beach Road, Panama City, Florida, contact Gary Fitzhugh at 850-234-6541, extension 214; NMFS Southeast Regional Office, 721 North Executive Center Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida, contact Peter Hood at 727-570-5728; NMFS Pascagoula Laboratory, 3209 Frederic Street, Pascagoula, MS, contact Cheryl Hinkel 228-762-4591; and NMFS Galveston Laboratory, 4700 Avenue U, Galveston, TX, contact Rhonda OíToole at 409-766-3500.

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 be discussed by the APs, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the APs will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda 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.

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by October 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. 

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