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)

Greater Amberjack Recreational Bag Limit, Fishing Year and Season

Modifications to Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs (Amendment 36C)

Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group King Mackerel Catch Limits and 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 to Location Reporting Requirements for For-Hire and Commercial Vessels

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.

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

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.

Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure (Amendment 32)

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 Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Catch Limits

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

Lane Snapper Catch Limits and Accountability Measures

Status Determination Criteria and Optimum Yield for Reef Fish (Amendment 48) and Red Drum (Amendment 5)

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

Other Fisheries Topics