Jun 22 2004


Meeting will discuss NOAA Draft Recreational Fisheries Strategic Plan

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct a public meeting in Orange Beach on July 6, 2004 to discuss the NOAA Draft Recreational Fisheries Strategic Plan. The purpose of the meeting is to provide concerned individuals with an opportunity to share their ideas on NOAA’s draft plan for recreational fisheries efforts.

Information for the meeting is as follows:

Tuesday, July 6, 2004
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Orange Beach Community Center
27235 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL


Senator Shelby said, “In order to create a strategic plan that is responsive to the needs of the fishing and management communities, input from the recreational fishing community is critical. I am pleased that NOAA is seeking the comments and concerns of Gulf coast businesses and residents, and I encourage the community’s active participation.”

“The constituent meetings will help ensure that our strategic plan reflects the priorities of marine anglers,” said Bill Hogarth, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries). “Getting their input through public meetings and written comments is critical to ensure the final plan will include the recreational anglers’ viewpoint.”

This meeting will also include a presentation from NOAA on the draft plan and a forum for discussion on how the plan may be improved to be responsive to local needs. In addition to the public meeting, written or e-mail comments will also be accepted. Comments may be mailed or e-mailed to Michael Kelly, Chief, Division of Constituent Services (Room 9554), NOAA Fisheries (F/CS), 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 or Michael.Kelly@noaa.gov. Comments should be received by July 30, 2004 to ensure that they are given full consideration. Copies of the draft plan and the email submission address can be found on the web at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/recfish.