[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 244 (Wednesday, December 21, 2005)]
[Page 75793]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-7594]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 121605A]

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a 
public meeting of the Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP).

DATES: The Shrimp AP meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on 
Thursday, January 5, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the SpringHill Suites Houston 
Hobby Airport, 7922 Mosley Road, Houston, Texas 77061.
    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 
North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, Florida 33607.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Richard Leard, Deputy Executive 
Director; telephone 813.348.1630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Shrimp AP will receive reports from the 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the status and health of 
the shrimp stocks as well as a report on the biological and economic 
aspects of the 2005 Cooperative Shrimp Closure with the state of Texas. 
The Shrimp AP may make recommendations for a cooperative closure with 
Texas for 2006. The Shrimp AP will review scoping documents for both 
Amendment 27 to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan (FMP)/Amendment 
14 to the Shrimp FMP and Amendment 28 to the Reef Fish FMP/Amendment 15 
to the Shrimp FMP. Joint Reef Fish Amendment 27/Shrimp Amendment 14 
proposes actions that deal with adjustments to the total allowable 
catch (TAC) for red snapper; size limits; bag limits; recreational 
season dates; and the certification of new shrimp bycatch reduction 
devices (BRDs). The amendment will also look at shrimp limits on 
trawling gear, shrimp restrictions on the transfer of vessel permits, 
and possible area closures for shrimp.
    Joint Reef Fish Amendment 28/Shrimp Amendment 15 will consider such 
issues as gear restrictions for the reef fish fishery; establishing 
commercial fishing seasons; further reducing bycatch; as well as other 
management alternatives.
    The Shrimp AP consists principally of commercial shrimp fishermen, 
dealers, and association representatives.
    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come 
before the AP 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 
AP will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the 
agenda 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.
    Copies of the agenda can be obtained by calling 813.348.1630. This 
meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests 
for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be 
directed to Dawn Aring at the Council (see ADDRESSES) at least five 
working days prior to the meeting.

    Dated: December 16, 2005.
Emily Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E5-7594 Filed 12-20-05; 8:45 am]