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  NEWS RELEASE

  RELEASE:         Immediate

  CONTACT:        Jeff Rester - 228-875-5912

 

The Texas Habitat Protection Advisory Panel will convene to discuss fishery habitat issues

 

Tampa, Florida Ė November 10, 2005

 

A panel of concerned representatives of Texas recreational and commercial fishing groups, conservation organizations, academia, and state and federal resource agencies will gather at the Hobby Airport Hilton, 8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas to review and discuss fishery habitat issues.  The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2005 and is expected to adjourn by 4:00 p.m. 

 

The advisory panel (AP) is scheduled to discuss the Sabine-Neches waterway deepening project, the comprehensive restoration plan for west Galveston Island, changes to 316b of the Clean Water Act rules, potential fishery impacts of liquefied natural gas facilities, and status of beneficial use sites in Galveston Bay.  A copy of the agenda can be obtained by calling

813-348-1630.

 

The group is part of a three unit Habitat Protection AP of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  The principal role of the AP is to assist the Council in its attempt to maintain optimum conditions within the habitat and ecosystems supporting the marine resources of the Gulf of Mexico.  Advisory panels serve as a first alert system and calls to the Councilís attention proposed projects being developed, as well as other activities that may adversely impact the Gulf marine fisheries and supporting ecosystems.  The panels may also provide advice to the Council on its policies and procedures for addressing environmental affairs.

 

Although other issues not on the agenda may come before the panel for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal panel action during this meeting.  Panel action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda listed as available by this notice.

 

The meeting is open to the public and is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council five working days prior to the meeting.

 

 

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 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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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