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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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


Notice of public meeting.


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a public meeting of the Ad Hoc Grouper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Advisory Panel (AHGIFQAP).


The AHGIFQAP meeting will convene at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22 and conclude no later than 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2006.


The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa - Airport/Westshore, 555 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33609, telephone: (813) 875-1555.

Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

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Stu Kennedy, Fishery Biologist, telephone: (813) 348-1630.

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has begun deliberation of a Dedicated Access Privilege System (DAP) for the Commercial grouper fishery. The Council has appointed an Ad Hoc Grouper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Advisory Panel (AHGIFQAP) composed of commercial grouper fishermen and others knowledgeable about DAP systems to assist in the development of such a program. This will be the first meeting of the AHGIFQAP. They will be asked to provide some broad general recommendations on the scope and the general configuration of such a program to the Council for discussion at the Council's March 20 - 23, 2006 meeting in Mobile, AL.

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the AHGIFQAP for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the AHGIFQAP 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 Magnuson-Stevens Act, 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.

Special Accommodations

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 5 working days prior to the meeting.

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Dated: January 30, 2006.

Tracey L. Thompson,

Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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[FR Doc. E6-1410 Filed 2-1-06; 8:45 am]