fisherman holding lane snapper

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next week, from January 29 – February 1st at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.

During this meeting, the Council plans to take final action on an abbreviated framework action to increase lane snapper catch limits by about 60,000 pounds. The Council also plans to tackle a number of other issues, including a review of recent Marine Recreational Information Programs (MRIP) landings data for gag and red grouper. The Council will also continue work on gag grouper management, revisions to the commercial individual fishing quota (IFQ) program, and for-hire data collection, among other things.

Here’s the full agendameeting materials, and webinar registration.

There are two opportunities for the public to participate in-person and virtually.

Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, January 31st  from 1:30 – 5:00 PM CST.

  • In-person attendees wishing to give public testimony must sign-up using the kiosk near the entrance to the meeting room.
  • Virtual participants must register onlineto provide testimony and join the Council meeting webinar. Online registration will open at 8:30 AM the day of, and we encourage you to register at least an hour before testimony begins. Please be sure to register to comment and login to the webinar using the same name so we can identify you and allow you to speak. If you have any difficulties, email [email protected].

A question-and-answer session will be held on Tuesday, January 30th at approximately 5:05 PM CST, after the meeting adjourns for the day. The session will be held for 1-hour. Leadership staff from NOAA’s Southeast Science Center and Regional Office will be available along with Council leadership to answer questions.

  • In-person participants will be able join the session simply by joining us in the Council meeting room.
  • Virtual participants can join us online via webinar to listen in and ask questions. If you have any difficulties, email [email protected]