Randy Lumsden Fishing

Recreational Data Collection

Data collected from recreational anglers plays an important role in determining the health of fish stocks. Harvest, especially as it relates to fishing effort, can help fisheries scientists identify trends in fish populations over time. These fisheries-dependent data are also used to predict future fishing behavior as fishing seasons are set based on past trends…

aquaculture

June Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet the first week in June at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida.  The meeting will be held June 3 – June 6 in the Bayside Ballroom. You’re welcome to join us in person or watch a live broadcast of the meeting. Public…

Red Grouper

April Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet April 1-4, at the IP Casino and Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. You can join us in person, or watch a live broadcast of the meeting. Public comment will be held on Wednesday, April 3, from 1:30 – 5:30 PM. If you can’t testify in person, visit…

Bethany Miranda

January Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet January 28 – 31, at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. You’re welcome to join us in person or you can watch a live broadcast of the meeting. Public comment will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 1:30 – 4:30 PM. If you can’t…

Snapper Girl

Gulf Council 2018 End of Year Review

We’ve made another trip around the sun and once again, we have an opportunity to look back on the year behind us and look forward to the year ahead. 2018 was yet another fascinating year in fisheries management. We’re working on major changes in the management of red snapper and we tweaked cobia and greater…

Cobia

October Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets October 22-25, at the Renaissance Battle House in Mobile, Alabama. We invite you to join us in person or watch a live broadcast of the meeting. Public comment will be held on Wednesday, October 24th, from 1:30 – 4:30. If testifying in person isn’t an option, visit…

Red Fish

Meet the Council – Susan Boggs and JD Dugas

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is responsible for making fishery management recommendations that provide the greatest overall benefit to the nation. This year, the Council welcomes two new members who represent the recreational fishing sector.  Susan Boggs Susan Boggs prioritizes two things in life, her family and her career. In addition to owning…

Red Scott T oliver

August Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next week, August 20-23, at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas, to make some important fishery management decisions. You’re welcome to join us in person or you can watch a live broadcast of the meeting.  Public comment will be held Wednesday August 22nd, from 1:30…

Auster Grey Triggerfish

Moving the Bar on What it Means to be “Overfished”

Last year, the Council took action that, in large part, flew under the radar despite its importance. It’s not terribly surprising since the subject matter is both dry and complicated – even for seasoned participants in the Council process. The Amendment, which was approved in December of 2017, reduced the Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST),…

Coral Damage

June 2018 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet on June 18-21 at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel in Key West, Florida. You’re welcome to join us in person or you can watch a live broadcast of the meeting.  Photo: Erik Cordes Public comment will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 20,…