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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RED SNAPPER STOCK ASSESSMENT ADVISORY REPORT TO BE REVIEWED BY SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE

Tampa, Florida - July 18, 2005 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Standing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) in New Orleans, Louisiana August 1, 2005 to review a Red Snapper Advisory Report prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and approved by the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Assessment Workshop committee. The advisory report contains findings on the red snapper stock status and possible and appropriate management for the stock in accordance with the red snapper rebuilding plan. The SSC previously reviewed the red snapper stock assessment and the SEDAR Assessment Review Workshop’s Consensus Report at a meeting held July 5-8, 2005, and found those reports to constitute the best available scientific information, in accordance with national standard two of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA). The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2005 at the New Orleans Airport Ramada, 110 James Drive East, St. Rose, Louisiana.

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the SSC for discussion, in accordance with the M-SFCMA, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the SSC 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 time established in this notice.

A copy of the red snapper advisory report can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813.348-1630. Other relevant documents, including the SEDAR Red Snapper Data Workshop Report, Red Snapper Assessment Report, and Red Snapper Review Consensus Report can be downloaded from the Council web site (http://www.gulfcouncil.org).

Update 7/22/2005: The red snapper advisory report can now be downloaded from the Gulf Council web site.  Click here to directly access the red snapper advisory report.

These meetings are 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 July 26, 2005.

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, as amended. 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. 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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