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    CONTACT:   STEVE ATRAN - 813.348.1630

 

 ECOSYSTEM SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL COMMITTEE TO MEET IN TAMPA TO REVIEW PROGRESS IN DEVELOPMENT OF A FISHERY ECOSYSTEM PLAN

 AND TO DISCUSS IMPACTS OF RECENT HURRICANES ON GULF ECOSYSTEM

Tampa, Florida – October 6, 2005 – The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) in Tampa, Florida on October 27, 2005.   The SSC will review the work it has done to date in compiling information to use in developing a fisheries ecosystem plan (FEP), and will discuss a time line for completion of a draft FEP.  The SSC will also discuss the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relevant to fishery management on the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem and may make recommendations to the Council.

The SSC meeting will be convened at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2005.  The meeting will be held at the Quorum Hotel - Tampa, 700 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33609.

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 meeting is 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 October 20, 2005.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of 8 regional fishery management councils that were established by the M-SFCMA of 1976, as amended.  The 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.