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June 20, 2008

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recruiting members for Outreach

Tampa, Florida - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is forming a new Outreach and Education Advisory Panel (AP) to advise the Council on matters pertaining to outreach and education.

AP will evaluate innovative approaches to outreach and education strategies and make recommendations to the Council on such strategies. It will consist of eleven members; seven members from  state/federal agencies, which include an O&E specialist from each of the five Gulf States, a Sea Grant representative, and the NOAA Fisheries SERO Public Affairs representative. The remaining four representatives for which the Council is recruiting will consist of one media representative and three members of the public. One of these four members should also have a technology background.

Expected time commitment is 1 - 2, two-day meetings per year. Members are not compensated; however travel expenses are reimbursed.

Anyone interested in serving on the AP should submit a letter and resume to:

Charlene Ponce

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

2203 N. Lois Avenue

Suite 1100

Tampa, FL  33607

Materials may also be faxed to: 813-348-1711; or e-mailed to charlene.ponce@gulfcouncil.org. Resumes and letters should be received no later than close of business July 25, 2008.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans designed to manage fishery resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.