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Goliath Grouper Joint Council Steering Committee Meeting

The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene a Science Workshop of the Goliath Grouper Joint Council Steering Committee.

The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL
33607; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Stephen Bortone, Executive
Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813)
348-1630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Ad Hoc Goliath Grouper Joint Council
Steering Committee will hold a workshop to afford experts the
opportunity to offer suggestions as to the scientific goals and
objectives of any future management of Goliath Grouper. These goals and
objectives will be based on what is currently known about the species
and what needs to be known. Based on this input, both the Gulf of
Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will provide
additional guidance to the Joint Steering Committee as to further
directions that should be taken to meet the identified objectives for
both councils; and a discussion of future activities by the Steering
Committee.
    Copies of the agenda and other related materials can be obtained by
calling (813) 348-1630 or can be downloaded from the Council's ftp
site, ftp.gulfcouncil.org.

    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come
before the Ad Hoc Goliath Grouper Joint Council Steering Committee for
discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of
formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Ad Hoc Goliath
Grouper Joint Council Steering Committee 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 Fishery Conservation and
Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's
intent to take action to address the emergency.

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