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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GULF COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBERS FOR AD HOC GROUPER IFQ ADVISORY PANEL

Tampa, Florida - August 18, 2005 - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking members of the industry to serve on an Ad Hoc Grouper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Advisory Panel (AP). Successful candidates will have the opportunity to advise the Council on matters pertaining to development of an IFQ program for the grouper fishery resources in the federal waters of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico. The profile will examine the benefits and consequences of using IFQs to manage the commercial grouper fishery.

Members of the AP are compensated for travel and per diem expenses for all meetings. The voting members of the AP will consist of four vertical line fishermen, four longline fishermen, one trap fisherman, one diver with a reef fish permit, one multi-species/multi-gear fisher (grouper, kingfish, charter), and three dealers. AP members are assisted by five non-voting members, one each with expertise in economics, fishery science, and law enforcement, and two representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Anyone interested in serving on the Ad Hoc Grouper IFQ AP, please submit a resume and/or letter of qualification to the Gulf Council by mail; Meg Kosick, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; by E-mail to Meg.Kosick@gulfcouncil.org; or by fax to 813-348-1711. The Council will consider all resumes and/or letters of qualification at the Council meeting scheduled for November 14-17, 2005. All resumes and/or letters of qualification must be received by October 28, 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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