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Final Rule to Increase Lane Snapper Catch Limits and Modify the Accountability Measure in the Gulf of Mexico; Reopening of the 2021 Commercial and Recreational Lane Snapper Season

The following Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for lane snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). This rule: Opens lane snapper commercial and recreational fishing, effective at 12:01 am on December 23, for the remainder of 2021. Increases the annual catch limit for lane snapper,…

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Gulf Council Extends Deadline:  Request for Proposals to Address Expanded Sampling of the Fleet for Effort Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Industry

  For Immediate Release December 1, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) seeks a highly-qualified contractor to organize and expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry.  The current Gulf of Mexico electronic logbook (ELB) program that utilized a 3G cellular network to transmit…

BSIA Overview

BSIA stands for “best scientific information available.” It’s a term used often when making important fisheries management decisions, so it’s helpful to define BSIA, summarize how it is determined, and specify who decides what is BSIA. What is BSIA? The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (The Magnuson-Stevens Act) governs modern fisheries management and includes…

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Gulf Council Requests Proposals to Address Expanded Sampling of the Fleet for Effort Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Industry

For Immediate Release July 15, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) seeks a highly-qualified contractor to organize and expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry.  The current Gulf of Mexico electronic logbook (ELB) program that utilized a 3G cellular network to transmit data is…