National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice of public meeting.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene public meetings of the Technical Review Panel, the User Review Panel, and the Standing Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) from May 5, 2003 through May 7, 2003.
The Council's Technical Review Panel, User Review Panel, and Standing SSC will convene in separate meetings at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2003 and will conclude by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2003.
The meetings will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel Tampa Westshore, 4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL; telephone: (813) 879-4800.
Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 3018 U.S. Highway 301 North, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33619.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Richard Leard, Senior Fishery Biologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 3018 U.S. Highway 301 North, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33619; telephone: (813) 228-2815.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Technical Review Panel will review final draft of the essential fish habitat environmental impact statement (EFH EIS) and provide the Council and contractor with suggestions for technical revisions. In addition the Technical Review Panel members serve as contract monitors.
The User Review Panel will review the final draft of the EFH EIS and provide the Council and contractor with suggestions for revisions. In addition the User Review Panel members are asked to provide their comments on whether the documents properly address the issues of each user group represented. The User Review Panel is comprised of representatives from the following sectors: recreational, charter, commercial, environmental, oil and gas industry, and wetlands owners.
The Standing Scientific and Statistical Committee will review the final draft of the EFH EIS and provide the Council and contractor with an evaluation of the scientific completeness and possible suggestions for revisions. The SSC will also review and comment on a proposed Amendment 21 to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan to extend the time period for the Madison/Swanson and Steamboat Lumps marine reserves beyond their June 16, 2004 expiration date.
The Council will review these panels comments at a special Council meeting scheduled for June 5-6, 2003 at the New Orleans Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. Final action to approve the EFH EIS is scheduled at the Council's July 14-18, 2003 meeting in Naples, FL.
Although non-emergency issues not contained in the agendas may come before the Technical and User Review Panels and the SSC for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305 (c) of the MSFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.
Copies of the agendas of these meetings can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-228-2815 (toll-free 888-833-1844).
This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Anne Alford at the Council (see ADDRESSES) by April 28, 2003.Start Signature
Dated: April 15, 2003.
Matteo J. Milazzo,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 03-9791 Filed 4-18-03; 8:45 am]
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