Gulf Council Recommends Values for Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria and Modifies the Annual Catch Limits

For Immediate Release August 15, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 51, which considers establishing or revising gray snapper status determination criteria and modifying Annual Catch Limits. The Council chose alternatives that minimize buffers and are consistent with the idea that the gray snapper stock…

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Gulf Council Recommends Reduced Annual Catch Target Buffer for Federal For-Hire Red Snapper

For Immediate Release August 15, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action to reduce the buffer between the annual catch limit and the annual catch target for federal for-hire red snapper to 9%.   The buffer is in place to account for management uncertainty. Seasons are set based on the…

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Modifications to Gear Requirements and Commercial Management Measures for the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Spiny Lobster Fishery

  KEY MESSAGES: These requirements are for federal waters off Florida and address bully net gear requirements, commercial daily possession limits when using bully nets or diving for the harvest of spiny lobster, and the soak period for spiny lobster traps.     WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: Regulations for commercial trap soak period are…

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Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15, 2019

The following Fishery Bulletin is provided to our subscribers as a courtesy: FB19-036 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: July 10, 2019 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-551-5602, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will open to shrimp trawling beginning 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on July 15,…

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Gulf Council Convenes its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will convene at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 and adjourn by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following:…

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Commerce Department Announces 2019 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Appointments

The Secretary of Commerce recently announced the appointment of three members to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The Council looks forward to welcoming the following appointees on August 11, 2019. Mr. Troy B. Williamson will join the Council for his first term. He is an attorney from Corpus Christi, Texas and no stranger…

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Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for Projects Addressing the Needs of Fishing Communities

The following Fishery Bulletin is provided to our subscribers as a courtesy:     The goal of the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The FY20 solicitation seeks applications…

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Gulf Council to Host Webinar Public Hearing on Reef Fish Amendment 51-Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria

Meeting Notice June 25, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a public hearing via webinar to solicit comments on Amendment 51—Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria, Reference Points, and Annual Catch Limits. This amendment considers the criteria used to determine the overfishing and overfished status of gray snapper, and the annual…

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