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Gulf Council Recommends Allowing Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels to Operate Under a Limited Exemption While Addressing Vessel Monitoring System Equipment Failures

For Immediate Release June 24, 2022   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a Framework Action to ensure that for-hire trips are not delayed or canceled in the event of vessel monitoring system equipment failures.  As of March 1, 2022, vessels with charter vessel/headboat permits for reef fish and/or coastal…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet July 7-8, 2022

Meeting Notice June 22, 2022   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held from 9:00 – 5:00 EDT, July 7 and 8, 2022. The meeting will be held at the Council Office located at…

June 2022 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet in-person in Ft. Myers, Florida. The meeting will convene June 21-24 at the Crown Plaza at Bell Tower Shops. You’re welcome to join us in-person or by webinar.   During this meeting, the Council plans to take final action on two issues: King Mackerel Catch Limits…

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April 2022 Council Update

For Immediate Release April 13, 2022   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) met in Gulf Shores, Alabama April 4-7, 2022.  The Council made preliminary appointments to its Coral, Data Collection, and Spiny Lobster Advisory Panels.  Final appointments will be made during the June Council meeting after fishery violation background checks are completed.…

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Council Recommends Converting Remaining Historical Captains Permits to Standard Charter/Headboat Permits

For Immediate Release April 7, 2022   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a Framework Action to convert three Reef Fish and three Coastal Migratory Pelagic Historical Captain permits to standard federal for-hire Charter/Headboat Permits.   A previous Council action allowed the replacement of valid or renewable Gulf historical captain…

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Gulf State Surveys Transition Workshop Scheduled for February 23-25

This message is provided as a courtesy: February 18, 2022 Marine Recreational Information Program The three-day Gulf State Recreational Catch and Effort Surveys Transition Workshop will begin Wednesday, February 23, 2022. This virtual workshop will serve as a forum for NOAA Fisheries, its state and regional partners, and a team of independent experts to agree on the elements of a…