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State of Mississippi
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
News Release
Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Law Enforcement Advisory Panel in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Committee of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. The meeting will convene at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, concluding no later than 5:00 p.m., and will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront Hotel, 1600 East Beach Boulevard in Gulfport, Mississippi.  

During its meeting, the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, along the the Law Enforcement Committee of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission will consider the status of recently completed amendments and other regulatory actions, as well as the scheduled completion of ongoing actions. 

The two groups will also:

  • Discuss the National Center for Disaster Fraud/Gulf Coast
  • Review the status of Joint Enforcement Agreements and enforcement efforts 
  • Consider holding a summer work session to develop a 2013-2016 Strategic Plan and a 2013-2014 Operations Plan
  • Discuss Gulf seafood trace and trip ticket enforcement
  • Receive reports of the state and federal members
  • Discuss other activities related to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission's Inter-jurisdictional Fisheries Program and Law Enforcement Summary

The Law Enforcement Advisory Panel consists of principal law enforcement officers in each of the Gulf States, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA General Counsel for Law Enforcement.

Copies of the agenda and other related materials can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630, or by visiting www.gulfcouncil.org.

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Panel 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 by the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel will be restricted to those issues 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 Councils' 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 aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Council at least five working days prior to the meeting.





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