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)

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

Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Spanish Mackerel Catch Limits

(Amendment 14)

Modifications to Recreational and Commercial Management of Gulf of Mexico Gag and Black Grouper

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.

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.

Electronic Reporting for Commercial Vessels

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.

Modify the Greater Amberjack Recreational Fixed Closed Season and Commercial Trip Limit

Update to Red Snapper Calibrations and Gray Snapper Catch Limits

Modifications to the Gag Grouper Catch Limits, Sector Allocations, and Recreational Fishing Seasons

(Amendment 56)

Other Fisheries Topics