Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gulf Council Socioeconomic Panel Meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) March 26 – 27, 2009 at the Quorum Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Boulevard in Tampa. The meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and conclude no later than 1:30 pm. Friday.

The SEP is scheduled to discuss fisheries economics statistics in the Gulf of Mexico and United States, as well as fishery resource allocation issues, including allocation methods and data availability.

The SEP is made up of Sociologists and Economists who advise the Council on social and economic issues related to fisheries management.

To obtain copies of the agenda please call the Council office at 813-348-1630.

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the SEP 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 SEP will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda, as well as any issues that may arise after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) M-SFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Please direct requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids to Tina O’Hern at the Council at least five working days prior to the meeting.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson­Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans designed to manage fishery resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

source: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council press release

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