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
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.