The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight US Regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976.

  • Manages fishery resources in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico


  • Prepares fishery management plans (FMPs) and makes recommendations by balancing competing interests


  • Uses scientific advice from NOAA Fisheries and public opinion to inform recommendations



  • Aims to achieve the greatest overall benefit to the nation



  • Specifically manages reef fish, shrimp, spiny lobster, coastal migratory pelagics, corals, essential fish habitat, red drum, and aquaculture

The Council’s jurisdiction (federal waters) extends from three to 200 miles off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and nine to 200 miles off Texas and the west coast of Florida.

Council 2017-2018

Front: Patrick Banks, Phil Dyskow, Doug Boyd, LeAnn Bosarge, Martha Guyas, Dale Diaz, John Sanchez. Back: Tom Frazer, Bob Shipp, Johnny Greene, Paul Mickle, Ed Swindell, Greg Stunz, Ed Swindell, Greg Stunz, Campo Matens, LCDR Stacy McNeer, Robin Reichers, Dave Donaldson, Kevin Anson, Andy Strelcheck. Not pictured: Roy Crabtree.