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 2                 GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
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 4                    BUDGET/PERSONNEL COMMITTEE MEETING
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 6   The W Hotel                                 New Orleans, Louisiana
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 8                              April 14, 2009
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10   VOTING MEMBERS
11   Bob Shipp.................................................Alabama
12   Myron Fischer (designee for Randy Pausina)..............Louisiana
13   Robert Gill...............................................Florida
14   Vernon Minton.............................................Alabama
15   Harlon Pearce...........................................Louisiana
16   Robin Riechers (designee for Larry McKinney)................Texas
17   Bobbi Walker..............................................Alabama
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19   NON-VOTING MEMBERS
20   Roy Crabtree..................NMFS, SERO, St. Petersburg, Florida
21   Joe Hendrix.................................................Texas
22   Tom McIlwain..........................................Mississippi
23   Julie Morris..............................................Florida
24   William Perret (designee for William Walker)..........Mississippi
25   Michael Ray.................................................Texas
26   Ed Sapp...................................................Florida
27   Larry Simpson...............................................GSMFC
28   William Teehan (designee for Ken Haddad)..................Florida
29   Susan Villere...........................................Louisiana
30   Kay Williams..........................................Mississippi
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32   STAFF
33   Steven Atran.....................Population Dynamics Statistician
34   Assane Diagne...........................................Economist
35   Trish Kennedy............................Administrative Assistant
36   Shepherd Grimes..............................NOAA General Counsel
37   Phyllis Miranda.........................................Secretary
38   Charlene Ponce.........................Public Information Officer
39   Cathy Readinger............................Administrative Officer
40   Carrie Simmons..................................Fishery Biologist
41   Amanda Thomas......................................Court Reporter
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43   OTHER PARTICIPANTS
44   Kevin Anson...............................................Alabama
45   Steve Branstetter..................................NOAA Fisheries
46   Bonnie Ponwith.........................................NOAA SEFSC
47   Brian Sullivan...............................................USCG
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 3   The Budget/Personnel Committee     of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
 4   Management Council convened in     the Great Room of the W Hotel,
 5   New Orleans, Louisiana, Tuesday   morning, April 14, 2009, and was
 6   called to order at 8:30 a.m. by   Chairman Bob Shipp.
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 8   CHAIRMAN BOB SHIPP: As you may have noted, we have a little bit
 9   of a change in the agenda, because of some travel difficulties.
10   Everybody is not here for the AP and SSC Selection yet, but they
11   will be later on and so Tom has moved up the Budget/Personnel
12   Committee meeting scheduled for 1:00 this afternoon.
13
14   I think everybody on that committee is here.       The committee
15   members are myself, Mr. Gill, Mr. Minton, Mr. Fischer, Mr.
16   Pearce, Mr. Riechers, and Bobbi Walker.     There are no minutes
17   from the last meeting because the last Budget/Personnel meeting
18   was closed session.     At that meeting, the minutes from the
19   previous meeting were approved and so we have no minutes.    I’m
20   going to turn it over to Cathy to go over the budget.
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22                          STATUS OF FUNDING
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24   MS. CATHY READINGER: We started off with this meeting basically
25   just to give you an update for our 2009 funding, which as of
26   yesterday, we had only received $549,000, or about 20 percent of
27   our entire year’s allocation, because of the continuing
28   resolution that extended through March.
29
30   Last night, an email came through from Alan Risenhoover with the
31   table that if all of you look at, you should have a Handout A
32   and a Handout B. Handout A lists all of the different types of
33   monies that have been approved and we should be getting all of
34   these funds through various amendments to our 2009 award. I can
35   go through them for us and you can kind of look at a comparison
36   with the other councils.
37
38   Our base funding for this year is $2.3 million. For NEPA, we’ll
39   be getting $127,000; Regulatory Streamlining, $102,000; LAPP
40   Funding, $129,000; Money to implement all of our ACL/AM
41   information into all of our plans is $206,000; and SSC Stipends,
42   we’ll be getting $64,685.
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44   The Expand Annual Stock Assessments, I’m not       sure why they
45   titled that.    Basically, that is for SEDAR        administrative
46   support for our council.  As you all know, the     South Atlantic
47   Council administers that program and we do get      $30,000 every
48   year for our overhead and sending one of our       secretaries to


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 1   meetings and miscellaneous expenses.
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 3   The bottom line is our total allocation this year will be
 4   $2,983,000. They have another category on here that says coral
 5   funds and I don’t really think that belongs on this sheet,
 6   because that’s programmatic funding and for us, it’s always
 7   been, for the most part, pass-through funding.
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 9   We typically keep anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 for
10   administrative overhead, education and outreach programs.    We
11   have not done the budget for 2009, which is another reason this
12   should not be on here, because the 2009 coral award does not
13   start until October of 2009.
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15   We’ve only got three months in this budget cycle that ends
16   December 31 to use any monies out of that coral money and so I’m
17   not even looking at that as any money that’s really going to be
18   available to the council for use in most of our activities. For
19   the past two years, we’ve contracted with Texas A&M University
20   to do some coral mapping out in the Gulf of Mexico.         Does
21   anybody have any questions on this spreadsheet?
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23   MR. JOE HENDRIX:   On this coral funding, I notice the Western
24   Pacific gets a good chunk of it.     Is that new funding or have
25   they gotten coral money in the past?
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27   MS. READINGER:    That’s the amount of funding, for the most part,
28   that they have    gotten for the last probably five years, right
29   along with what   we’ve gotten. No, it’s not new. They just get
30   a bigger chunk,   supposedly because of their geographical area.
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32   MS. BOB GILL: Cathy, for clarification, the SSC stipends is for
33   convening the SSCs and that sort of thing, but is not related to
34   payment of SSC, as has been mentioned in the MSRA?
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36   CHAIRMAN SHIPP: At the last CCC meeting and, Tom, correct me if
37   I’m wrong, but we did agree to pay a stipend of $250 a day to
38   SSC members. This was all councils. We debated that back and
39   forth as to whether it should be the same as pay for council
40   members or no pay at all and there was a lot of discussion that
41   perhaps AP members should receive a stipend rather than SSC,
42   because they’re the ones really taking off of work, but
43   nevertheless, all the councils voted and I think the amount is
44   $250 a day that was agreed upon as a stipend.
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46   MR. GILL:    That’s what that category is and so it is SSC pay?
47   Thank you.
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 1   MS. READINGER:   Are there any more questions on the Handout A?
 2   If you look at your Handout B, basically the items in the far-
 3   right column is just a repeat of the numbers that I just went
 4   through for you, but what I did last night, when I got the
 5   numbers, I wanted you to be able to see, in years past, how the
 6   numbers compare.
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 8   As you can see, for the most part, the NEPA and the RSP and the
 9   SEDAR funding have been fairly consistent. LAPP Development in
10   2008 was just $75,000 and they’ve increased that to $129,000
11   and, of course, they gave us extra funding to go in and amend
12   our fishery management plans to comply with MSRA for ACL
13   development. Then, of course, we have the stipend funding, too.
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15   When you get down to the bottom line, again, the total funding -
16   - There’s an error on that. It says “Total NOAA Funding 2008”
17   and it should be “2009”. It’s $2.9 million. Last year, it was
18   $2.5 and so that’s a difference of a little over $400,000 as an
19   increase.
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21   Keep in mind we’re already into April and so that gives us eight
22   months until our award expires.    There will be a possibility,
23   and I think that Bob and Tom will be discussing that at the May
24   CCC meeting, as to whether we’ll be able to request a no-cost
25   extension for the Gulf Council. That’s never been a problem in
26   years past.   Some of the other councils, I think through their
27   Program Officers, may have had some issues, but we never have
28   and I really don’t foresee that as being a problem, provided we
29   can justify why we need to spend these leftover monies in 2010.
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31   Again, if you look at the numbers, the actual numbers for 2007
32   was $2.3.    When you add all of the numbers up, I have an
33   estimated carryover from our last four years of $439,000.    The
34   small administrative portion that I spoke of before for the 2009
35   coral funds is $25,000. That should bring our total funding for
36   2009 at around $3.4 million.
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38   In October of 2008, you approved a budget at slightly over $2.8
39   million.   I revised that budget because we had to include the
40   SEDAR update for gag and red grouper. If you recall, you also
41   decided to eliminate the Operator Permit Amendment. I took that
42   out and I had to increase some capital equipment costs for our
43   new Executive Director and there was one other item that had a
44   slight increase.
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46   The bottom line is you approved a budget at $2.8 and when I made
47   all of those adjustments, it comes to slightly over $3 million.
48   It still appears by December 31 that we will have approximately


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 1   $397,000 that we can hopefully request a no-cost extension for
 2   and utilize in the year 2010 and I do have to tell you that if
 3   we had not had carryover funding at this point that we would not
 4   have met our last two payrolls and we would have not been able
 5   to pay our rent for the month of April.
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 7   CHAIRMAN SHIPP:   Are there any other questions for Cathy? I
 8   don’t think we need a motion to reapprove the budget, since
 9   we’ve already done it.
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11   MS. READINGER:     That leads me to my next topic for        the
12   committee.   We will have to revise our 2009 budget based     on
13   these numbers that I just reviewed at our June meeting.       If
14   anyone -- I’m going to be sending out the budget that        you
15   approved and that was revised, based on the gag and          red
16   assessments, and also the removal of the operator permits.
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18   If you could send me back, in a timely manner, any additions or
19   changes or whatever, I can have a draft 2009 budget for you to
20   review and approve in June and then another task that we’re
21   going to have to do -- December of 2009 ends our five-year
22   multiyear budget.
23
24   We will be closing that budget out unless we receive a no-cost
25   extension, but now we have to prepare -- Some time in July
26   they’re going to ask us to submit another multiyear budget for
27   the years 2010 through 2014.
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29   That’s a very difficult task to try to project five years out
30   and so staff, we’ll all need your help in looking at where you
31   think we’re going to go activity-wise for 2010 through 2014. If
32   you could please email anything you may have on that, I would
33   appreciate it.
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35   MR. VERNON MINTON: Cathy, you might be able to get some of the
36   NMFS people to help you with the projections, since they’re
37   projecting out to 2032 on some things.     I think they could
38   probably help you here a little bit, I would hope. Roy, could
39   you help us with that, possibly?
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41   DR. ROY CRABTREE:   What was the question again, Vernon?
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43   MR. MINTON: She was talking about it was difficult for them to
44   project out five years to determine some of the budget items and
45   so I suggested that maybe we could get some of your modelers to
46   help her with the projections, so that you could keep it moving
47   forward.
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1   DR. CRABTREE:   You can do that and I’ll send your request down
2   to Bonnie and see what we can do.
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4   CHAIRMAN SHIPP:    Is there any      other   business   before   the
5   committee? If not, we’ll adjourn.
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7   (Whereupon, the meeting adjourned at 8:42 a.m., April 14, 2009.)
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