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Gulf Council to Conduct Public Hearing on Aquaculture Amendment
Tampa, Florida ? January 15, 2008 -
The Gulf of Mexico South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will hold a joint public hearing February 19, 2008 in Islamorada, Florida to solicit public comment on a draft Aquaculture Amendment. The draft Aquaculture Amendment will require persons to obtain a permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in order to construct and operate an aquaculture facility in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico. Each application for permit must comply with a litany of permit conditions related to record keeping and operation of the facility. These permit conditions will assure the facility has a minimal affect on the environment and on other fishery resources. Compliance with the conditions will be evaluated annually for the duration of the permit as the basis for renewal of the permit for the next year.
Public input is an important part of the amendment process. It offers the public an opportunity to have ideas heard and possibly included as alternatives presented to the Council for consideration. Therefore,the Council strongly encourages public participation.The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and will conclude no later than 9:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
82100 Overseas HWY
Islamorada, FL 33036
Copies of the draft Amendment and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630.
The meeting is open to the public and is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office at least five working days prior to the meeting. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils that were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
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