Gulf Council Suggests Modifications to the Shrimp Effort Threshold

For Immediate Release April 4, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Biloxi, Mississippi, and took final action on Shrimp Amendment 18. The Council selected to reduce the allowable shrimp effort to 60% below the baseline years and revise the framework procedure to allow future effort reduction goals through the standard…

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Gulf Council Suggests Replacing Historical Captain Permits with Standard Charter/Headboat Permits

For Immediate Release April 3, 2019 This week in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action to allow people with historical captain permits the option to replace them with standard for-hire permits for federally managed reef fish and/or coastal migratory pelagic species.  Each newly issued for-hire permit will have the…

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Recreational Harvest Closure of Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: FB19-016 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 20, 2019 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov   WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on May 11, 2019. The 2020 recreational fishing year begins…

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2019 For-Hire Red Snapper Season Announced

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers: FB19-014 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 7, 2019 CONTACT: SERO Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305 WHAT/WHEN: The 2019 red snapper fishing season for federally permitted for-hire vessels is 62 days in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico Season dates are: Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels:…

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New Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and Hogfish Catch Limits

FB19-013 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 7, 2019 CONTACT:  Peter Hood, 727-824-5305, Peter.Hood@noaa.gov   New Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and Hogfish Catch Limits KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to increase the commercial and recreational annual catch limits and recreational annual catch targets for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, as well as reduce…

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Gulf Council to Convene Shrimp Advisory Panel and Host a Webinar Public Hearing on Shrimp Amendment 18

Meeting Notice February 22, 2019   On March 21, 2019, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Shrimp Advisory Panel and host a webinar public hearing on Shrimp Amendment 18: Modifying the Shrimp Effort Threshold.   The Shrimp Advisory Panel meeting will convene from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Council…

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Gulf Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet

Meeting Notice February 21, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committee to meet. The meeting will convene at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 and adjourn by 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The Scientific and…

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Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Southern Zone Will Close on February 22, 2019

FB19-009 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: February 20, 2019 CONTACT:  Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov   WHAT/WHEN: Commercial hook-and-line harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Southern Zone (depicted in map below) will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on February 22, 2019. Commercial hook-and-line harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local…

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Gulf Council’s Law Enforcement Technical Committee to Convene

Meeting Notice February 15, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Law Enforcement Technical Committee will convene in conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission Law Enforcement Committee. The meeting will be held from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the JW Marriott Hotel, located at 614…

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