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.




The beginning phase of Amendment development.  We’re gathering ideas about how to solve a fishery problem or address a need.  Help us identify issues, potential impacts, and reasonable solutions so we can develop reasonable management actions and alternatives.

ABC Control Rule Revisions and Framework Procedure

Red Snapper Allocation

(Amendment 52)

Commercial Reef Fish IFQ Modifications

(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 Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure (Amendment 32)

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

Public Hearings


Public Hearings

Options and alternatives that can potentially solve a fishery issue have been developed along with biological, social, and economic analysis.  Help us identify the potential impacts of the proposed alternatives to guide the Council’s decision making process.

Final Action


Final action occurs when the Council 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.

Red Grouper Allocations and Catch Levels (Amendment 53)

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

Rule Making



The Secretary of Commerce will review the management measure and open a final public comment period. Measures that are approved and implemented are then published in the Federal Register and then moved to the appropriate Implemented Fishery Management Plans web page.

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