Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi next week. You’re welcome to join us at the meeting or to
listen via a live broadcast from the comforts of home.
12:30 – 5:00 p.m. local time. If you
can’t make it to the meeting to give your comments in person, please visit our
“Amendments Under Development” page to learn about and comment on the issues
being considered. Comments received
before Wednesday, September 27th will be summarized and presented
directly to the Council before it takes action.
important issues the Council plans to address:
|Photo: Avid Angler Fishing Charters|
Fishing Year and Recreational Season
amberjack after learning that the stock continues to be overfished and
experiencing overfishing despite numerous efforts to rebuild. During those discussions, the Council
recognized that the current recreational season may not be as beneficial as
possible to anglers gulf-wide, and decided to consider ways to allow for both
fall and spring fishing seasons. The
Council opted to close the 2018 season at the beginning of the year while it
works to put a permanent season solution
in place. At this meeting, the Council plans to take final action on a
Framework Amendment that considers changing the fishing year and/or the
recreational fishing season to ensure that anglers throughout the Gulf are able
to harvest greater amberjack.
Headboat and Ad-Hoc Red Snapper Charter For-Hire Advisory Panel meetings that
were held in September. The Council is
also expected to take final action on Referendum Eligibility Requirements for
Reef Fish Amendment 41 – Allocation Based Management for Federally Permitted
Charter Vessels and Reef Fish Amendment 42 – Reef Fish Management for Headboat
allowing the Gulf states to manage their historical portion of the red snapper
harvest of recreational red snapper out to 200 nautical miles.
Requirements and Cooperative Management Procedure
13 which considers making federal regulations for spiny lobster bully netting
consistent with regulations recently adopted by the State of Florida. The Amendment also considers allowing the
state of Florida to directly submit proposed lobster regulations to National
Marine Fisheries Service without requiring Council action.
Coral Amendment 9 which considers creating protections for 15 areas in the Gulf
that are known to have an abundance of corals and/or coral diversity that makes
them unique. The areas under
consideration are all in deep waters and contain deep-water corals that can
live to be hundreds, if not thousands of years, and provide important habitat
in the cold, low oxygen, depths of the ocean. The Council is expected to host public
hearings on this document before taking final action in 2018.
and Venting Tools
to encourage the use of venting tools or descending devices to reduce mortality
of fish that are released, while allowing anglers the flexibility to decide if
and when it’s appropriate to use them.
Gear and Protocol
the use of new sea turtle release gear types and streamline the process for
allowing reef fish permit holders to use additional protected species release
gear types and handling procedures.
Selection of Ad Hoc Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish IFQ Applicants
At the August meeting, the Council decided to disband the Ad Hoc Red Snapper IFQ Advisory Panel and form a new Ad Hoc Red Snapper/Grouper IFQ Advisory panel so participants in both red snapper and Grouper/Tilefish IFQ programs can work together in an advisory role to the Council. Next week, the Council will review applications and make preliminary Advisory Panel member selections. The Council expects to announce the make-up of the newly formed panel after performing background checks on prospective members.