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January Council Update

For Immediate Release February 6, 2019   State Management of Recreational Red Snapper The Council heard a summary of comments received during public hearings and reviewed draft amendments for establishing state management programs for recreational red snapper. The Council added a new alternative, and made it the preferred, which would allocate the private angling annual…

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Special Council Meeting Cancelled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 6, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has cancelled a special meeting of the Reef Fish Committee and Full Council that was scheduled for Monday, February 18th, 2019. The Federal Register Notice referencing Final Action on Reef Fish Amendment 50 did not post as anticipated so, the Council…

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Gulf Council to Hold a Special Council Meeting to Take Final Action on State Management of Recreational Red Snapper* *Update – Meeting has been cancelled.

 Meeting Notice February 4, 2019   Update: This meeting has been cancelled. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Florida. This special Reef Fish Committee and full Council meeting will be held to allow the Council the opportunity…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Publishes 2019 Fishing Regulations and Transitions to Fish Rules Mobile App

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has published the 2019 commercial and recreational fishing regulations on the Federal Regulations page of its website. The regulations will be updated throughout the year as regulatory changes are made.   Additionally, on January 1, 2019 the Council will fully transition its federal fishing regulations to the Fish Rules mobile…

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Gulf Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet via Webinar

Meeting Notice December 27, 2018 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee via webinar. The meeting will convene on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. EDT. The Scientific and Statistical Committee will address the following: Terms of reference, schedules, and participants for upcoming assessments…

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Changes to the Renewal Process for Federal Permits

FB18-089                           FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 20, 2018 CONTACT: Sarah Stephenson, 727-824-5305, Sarah.Stephenson@noaa.gov  KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule to make administrative revisions to the renewal process for federal vessel permits, licenses, endorsements, and dealer permits (hereafter referred to collectively as permits) in the Southeast…