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 SOCIOECONOMIC PANEL

Tampa, Florida - May 18, 2005 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) to review the Red Snapper Stock Assessment and discuss data requirements for the socioeconomic evaluation of individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. In addition, the SEP will hear a presentation on policy implications of alternative modeling approaches for recreational fishing activities.

The SEP meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2005 and conclude by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2005. The meeting will be held at the Ramada Inn & Suites New Orleans Airport, 110 James Drive East, St. Rose, Louisiana. The SEP will prepare a report containing their conclusions and recommendations. This report will be presented to the Council at its meeting on July 11-14, 2005 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Composing the SEP membership are economists, sociologists, and anthropologists from various universities and state fishery agencies throughout the Gulf. They advise the Council on the social and economic implications of certain fishery management measures.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling (813) 228-2815. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the SEP 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 these meetings. Actions of the SEP 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 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 31, 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, as amended. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources to the 200-mile limit in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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