This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA05NMF4410003.

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COUNCIL TO CONVENE CORAL SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CORAL RESEARCH IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Tampa, Florida - May 3, 2005 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Special Coral Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) to discuss previous research efforts to locate and identify coral reef resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The Special Coral SSC will also be asked to provide recommendations on future research needs. Finally, the Special Coral SSC will discuss issues relative to Acropora and the 2004 Status of Coral Reefs of the World Report.

The meeting will be held at the Best Western - The Westshore Hotel, 1200 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33607. The meeting is to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2005, and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agenda may come before the Coral SSC for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. The Coral SSC actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice 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 Councilís intent to take final action to address the emergency. A copy of the Coral SSC agenda can 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 May 16, 2005.

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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