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Modifications to Gear Requirements and Commercial Management Measures for the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Spiny Lobster Fishery

  KEY MESSAGES: These requirements are for federal waters off Florida and address bully net gear requirements, commercial daily possession limits when using bully nets or diving for the harvest of spiny lobster, and the soak period for spiny lobster traps.     WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: Regulations for commercial trap soak period are…

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Gulf Council to Meet in New Orleans, Louisiana

Meeting Notice July 17, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet August 12-15, 2019 at the Hyatt Centric New Orleans, located at 800 Iberville Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Council plans to take final action on two items at this meeting: Amendment 51: Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria, Reference Points,…

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Gulf Council Convenes its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will convene at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 and adjourn by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following:…

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Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for Projects Addressing the Needs of Fishing Communities

The following Fishery Bulletin is provided to our subscribers as a courtesy:     The goal of the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The FY20 solicitation seeks applications…

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June Council Update

For Immediate Release June 11, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met last week in Destin, Florida. The following is a brief overview of what was accomplished:   Data Collection Advisory Panel The Council populated its Data Collection Advisory Panel (AP) and created its charge.  The charge is “To review and evaluate…

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Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awarded

For Immediate Release June 5, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Lieutenant Jason Marlow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.   The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service, professionalism,…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Final Temporary Rule to Reduce Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Catch Levels

The following notice from NOAA Fisheries is provided to our subscribers as a courtesy: FB19-026 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May17, 2019 CONTACT: Peter Hood, 727-824-5305, Peter.Hood@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested 2019 commercial and recreational annual catch limits be reduced to a level equal to the combined 2017 commercial and recreational…