Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management to Convene its Standing, Special Shrimp, and Special Reef Fish SSCs
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting notice
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Standing, Special
Shrimp, and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2012,
through Friday, June 8, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Gulf Council office, 2203 N. Lois Avenue,
Suite 1100, in Tampa, Florida.
The Standing and Special Shrimp SSC will meet jointly June 5-6, 2012, to review benchmark stock
assessments on brown shrimp, white shrimp and pink shrimp, and may consider recommending definitions of
overfishing limit (OFL) and acceptable biological catch (ABC) based on those assessments.
June 7-8, 2012, the Standing and Special Reef Fish SSC will meet jointly. The Standing and Special Reef Fish
SSC will receive a presentation on methods for setting ABC for stocks that have reliable catch data only. The
SSC will also review recommendations from the ABC Control Rule Working Group on possible modifications to
the ABC control rule that was adopted as part of the Generic Annual Catch Limits/Accountability Measures
Amendment, and may make recommendations on modifications of the ABC control rule to the Council.
The SSC will also reconsider its earlier ABC recommendation for vermilion snapper and review proposed terms
of reference for an upcoming SEDAR mutton snapper update assessment. A review of barotrauma issues is on
the agenda, including a summary of a recent workshop on developments in methods and devices for returning
fish to the water, and review of a published report by Dr. Gene Wilde on the effectiveness of venting on
improving survival of released fish.
The following presentations will also be heard:
Physiological effects of barotrauma by Dr. Karen Burns
Marine mammal interactions with released fish by Dr. Greg Stuntz
The SSC may make recommendations regarding the current rules requiring possession of venting tools on
vessels catching reef fish.
The Committee will also:
discuss establishing status determination criteria for determining when stocks are overfished or
experiencing undergoing overfishing for stocks that do not currently have such criteria
conduct a routine review of the schedule and priorities for upcoming SEDAR stock assessments
clarify a recent request that it be provided with an annual report on the status of Gulf gray triggerfish.
Copies of the agenda and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630. Materials can also
be downloaded from the Council's FTP site - ftp.gulfcouncil.org
Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the SSCs 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 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.
This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or
other auxiliary aides should be directed to Kathy Pereira 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 Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery
management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of