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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ECOSYSTEM SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO MEET IN NEW ORLEANS TO REVIEW PUBLIC INPUT FROM ECOSYSTEM WORKSHOPS

Tampa, Florida – July 27, 2005 – The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 19, 2005. The SSC will 1) review the results of a series of facilitated workshops to solicit public input on ecosystem based fisheries management, 2) review the National Marine Fisheries Service’s positions on approaches to ecosystem based fisheries management, and 3) establish preliminary tasks toward producing a fisheries ecosystem plan.

The SSC meeting will be convened at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2005. The meeting will be held at the Ramada Inn & Suites, New Orleans Airport, 110 James Drive East, Saint Rose, Louisiana.

Copies of the agenda and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the 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 these meetings. Actions of the SSC 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 meetings are open to the public and physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office by August 12, 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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