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Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Lane Snapper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on October 18, 2021

The following fishery bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Commercial and recreational harvest of lane snapper in Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 18, 2021. Commercial and recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022 Why This Closure is Happening:…

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Gulf Council Convenes a Virtual Meeting of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee

For Immediate Release September 23, 2021     The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Law Enforcement Technical Committee in Conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee. The meeting will be held on October 12, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.   The Committee will address…

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Gulf Council to Host Informational Webinar Sessions with For-Hire Fishermen and Vessel Monitoring System Vendors

Meeting Notice September 21, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host two informational webinars designed to give federal charter/headboat permit holders and for-hire captains the opportunity to compare Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) options approved for the Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting (SEFHIER) Program and ask vendors questions about the units.  …

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Gulf Council to Hold In-Person and Virtual Public Hearings on Cobia

For 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…

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Commercial and Recreational Closure of Blackfin Snapper, Queen Snapper, Silk Snapper, and Wenchman in Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Commercial and recreational harvest of mid-water snapper in Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) federal waters will close at 12:01 am, local time, on September 18, 2021. The mid-water snapper complex consists of blackfin snapper, queen snapper, silk snapper and wenchmen. Commercial and recreational harvest will reopen…

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Final Rule to Implement Modifications to Vessel Monitoring System Reporting Requirements for Gulf Federally Permitted Charter and Headboat Vessels

This message is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule that will establish Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) reporting requirements for Charter and Headboat Vessels with Gulf reef fish and Gulf coastal migratory pelagic federal permits. When the Rule Will Take Effect: Regulations will be effective December 13, 2021. What This…

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NOAA Offers Online Workshop for Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program Participants

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries invites all Individual Fishing Quota program (IFQ) participants to attend a virtual workshop, including brief presentations followed by Q&A sessions. For further information, IFQ participants can contact Catch Share Support at (866) 425-7627 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time…

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NOAA Announces Recreational Closure of Gray Triggerfish and Red Grouper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish and red grouper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on September 15, 2021. Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will reopen March 1, 2022, following the 2022 January and February seasonal…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet September 27-30, 2021

Meeting Notice September 9, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a four-day hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) of its Standing, Reef Fish, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs). The meeting will be held on from 8:30 – 5:00 EDT on September 27-30, 2021, at the Council Office located…

Meet the Council: Bob Gill and Billy Broussard

The Gulf Council is comprised of fishermen and other experts in the fishery from states across the Gulf of Mexico.  Drawing upon the expertise of these local fishermen ensures that federal fishing regulations are made with direct understanding of, and passion for, our fishery.  The Council is pleased to welcome aboard its newest members, Mr.…