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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NOTICE OF CHARTERBOAT ADVISORY PANEL MEETING VIA CONFERENCE CALL

Tampa, Florida - June 7, 2005 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene the Charterboat Advisory Panel (AP) via Conference Call to review the Draft Amendment to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 25) and Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) (Amendment 17) for extending the Charter Vessel/Headboat Permit Moratorium. Amendments establishing the charter vessel/headboat permit moratorium for the CMP fishery and the Reef Fish fishery were approved by NOAA Fisheries on May 6, 2003, and implemented on June 16, 2003 (68 FR 26280). The intended effect of these Amendments was to cap the number of for-hire vessels operating in these two fisheries at the current level (as of March 29, 2001) while the Council evaluated whether limited access programs were needed to constrain effort. In this amendment, the Council is considering allowing the permit to expire on June 16, 2006 or extending the moratorium on for-hire Reef Fish and CMP permits for a finite period of time or indefinitely.

The meeting will be held via conference call on June 30, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. and conclude no later than 11:00 a.m. Listening stations will be available at the following locations: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 3018 North U.S. Highway 301, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33619; The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) offices at: Galveston, TX 4700 Avenue U, Galveston, TX 77551 (Rhonda O’Toole, 409-766-3500); St. Petersburg, FL, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (Andy Strelcheck, 727-824-5374); Pascagoula, MS, 3209 Frederic Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567 (Cheryl Hinkle, 228-769-9200); and Panama City, FL, 3500 Delwood Beach Road, Panama City, FL 32408, (Bob Allman, 850-324-6541).

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the AP 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 AP 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. The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the untimely completion of discussion relevant to other agenda items. In order to further allow for such adjustments and completion of all items on the agenda, the meeting may be extended from or completed prior to the date established in this notice.

A copy of the Amendment and related materials can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813.228.2815. The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Dawn Aring at the Council by June 21, 2005.

This news release, and other Council news releases, can be viewed at the Council’s 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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