Comments submitted during public meetings are recorded, and written comments are displayed in full on the Council website. All comments are summarized and presented to the Council before fishery management decisions are made.




These items are in the beginning phase of Amendment development process.  At this stage, the Council is gathering ideas about how to solve a fishery problem or address a need.  Your public comment should help us identify issues, potential impacts, and reasonable solutions so we can develop practical management actions and alternatives.

ABC Control Rule Revisions and Framework Procedure

Red Snapper Allocation

(Amendment 52)

Commercial Reef Fish IFQ Permit Requirement for Shareholders

(Reef Fish 36B)

Modifications to Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs

(Amendment 36C)

Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group King Mackerel Sector Allocations

(Amendment 33)

Generic Essential Fish Habitat Amendment for Modifying All Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plans

(Amendment 5)

Modification of the Vessel Position Data Collection Program for the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery

Modification of For-Hire Vessel Trip Declaration Requirements

Amendment 56 – Modifications to the Gag Grouper Catch Limits, Sector Allocations, Fishing Seasons, and other Rebuilding Plan Measures

Public Hearings


Public Hearings

Issues ready for public hearing have developed options and alternatives that are anticipated to solve a fishery issue. Additionally, the anticipated effects on the biological, social, economic, administrative environments have been conducted for the potential management changes.  Your public comment should help the Council identify the potential impacts of the proposed alternatives to guide the its final decision-making process.

Modifications to the Greater Amberjack Catch Limits and Sector Allocations

(Reef Fish 54)

Final Action


Final action occurs after the Council considers public input and decides that a fishery management strategy is appropriate. The Council then votes to approve and submit the fishery management plan to the Secretary of Commerce for the Rule Making Phase.

Rule Making



The Secretary of Commerce will review the proposed management measure(s) and open a proposed and final rule public comment period, respectively. Then, approved measures are published and implemented by NOAA Fisheries.

Modification of Catch Limits for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper

Modification to King Mackerel OFL, ABC, and ACL

(Amendment 11)

Modification to Location Reporting Requirements for For-Hire Vessels

Atlantic King Mackerel Catch Levels and Atlantic King and Spanish Mackerel Management Measures (Amendment 34 in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region)

Framework Action – Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Data Calibration and Recreational Catch Limits

Framework Action – Modification of Annual Catch Limits for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper

Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure

(Amendment 32)

Modification to Vermilion Snapper Overfishing Limit, Allowable Biological Catch and Annual Catch Limits

Historical Captain Permits Conversion into Standard Federal Charter/Headboat Permits

Other Fisheries Topics