NOAA Requests Submission of Landing Locations for All Commercially Permitted Reef Fish Vessels

FB18-040   FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 12, 2018 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: In May 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved new requirements to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. One change…

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Final Rule to Improve Commercial Reef Fish Landing Compliance and Provide Flexibility in the Individual Fishing Quota Programs

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces new measures affecting commercial reef fish fishermen. The purpose of this action is to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. WHAT THIS MEANS: All owners or operators of a commercial reef fish permitted vessel landing any commercially caught, federally managed…

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Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Opens to Address the Needs of Fishing Communities

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the 2019 Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant competition is currently open. The goal of the S-K 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 FY19 solicitation seeks applications…

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The Gulf Council’s Standing and Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet 

Meeting Notice May 22, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Standing and Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees on May 31 and June 1, 2018 in the Gulf Council’s office conference room located at 2203 N. Lois Ave, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL, 33607. The meeting will…

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Federal Waters off Texas Close to Shrimping on May 15, 2018

FB18-029 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 7, 2018 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-824-5305, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov   Federal Waters Off Texas Close to Shrimping on May 15, 2018   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will close to shrimp trawling at 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on May 15, 2018,…

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Gulf Council to Hold Webinar Public Hearing for Amendment 49 – Sea Turtle Release Gear

Meeting Notice May 7, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing webinar to collect comments on Reef Fish Amendment 49 – Modifications to the Sea Turtle Release Gear and Framework Procedure for the Reef Fish Fishery. The amendment considers modifying the sea turtle release requirements to allow three…

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