council logo bannerFor Immediate Release
September 17, 2021

 

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold eight in-person public hearings and one webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 32: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure.

 

Amendment 32 considers modifying cobia catch limits, apportionment between the Gulf and Florida East Coast (FLEC) Zones, sector allocations in the FLEC Zone, and management measures including possession limits, vessel/trip limits, and minimum size limits. The recent SEDAR 28 Update stock assessment showed that the cobia stock is not overfished but is currently experiencing overfishing. The assessment used the new Marine Recreational Information Program’s Fishing Effort Survey (MRIP-FES) estimates which increased the estimates of recreational catch and effort. Based on the assessment, the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees recommended new overfishing limits and acceptable biological catch levels for 2021-2023 and subsequent years.  While the assessment projections appear to allow for increased harvest, under MRIP-FES they actually represent an approximately 33% reduction from the current allowable harvest. The Council is required to end overfishing and is considering updating cobia catch limits and management measures.

 

The public hearings will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude no later than 9:00 PM, local time. In-person attendees will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state guidelines. Dates and locations are as follows

 

 

In-Person Hearings

 

 

Monday, October 4, 2021

Destin, Florida

Destin Community Center

100 Stahlman Avenue, Destin, FL 32541

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Gulfport, Mississippi

Holiday Inn Gulfport-Airport Hotel

9515 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39503

 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Corpus Christi, Texas

Omni Bayfront, 900 North Shoreline Boulevard

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Galveston, Texas

Hilton Galveston Island, 5400 Seawall Boulevard

Galveston, TX 77551

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Madeira Beach, FL

The City Centre at City Hall

300 Municipal Dr.

Madeira Beach, FL 33708

 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge

4728 Constitution Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Ft. Myers, Florida

Crowne Plaza Ft. Myers at Bell Tower Shops

13051 Bell Tower Drive

Ft. Myers, FL 33907

 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Orange Beach, Alabama

Perdido Beach Resort

27200 Perdido Beach Resort Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561

 

Webinar Hearing

 

Tuesday, October 19, 202: 6-9 PM, EDT

Register for the Webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2394715852160838667

 

 

To view the document and supplemental materials, or to submit comments, follow the links below:

 

Written public comments must be received by 5:00 PM on October 19, 2021. If you have any questions, email our Council office at gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org