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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Scientific and Statistical Committees

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking applicants for its Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC).Current members must reapply to be considered for future membership.   The Council has one standing and seven special Scientific and Statistical Committees comprised of individuals who have expertise in statistics, fishery biology, marine ecology, economics, sociology, anthropology, or…

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Announcing a New Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) for Offshore Aquaculture

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is pleased to announce the Marine Resources Education Program (MREP) for Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico. Interest in offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico is growing.  Understanding the science, policy, and economics involved are key for effective participation within the industry. MREP Aquaculture provides an opportunity…

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Final Rule Modifies the Recreational Greater Amberjack Fishing Year and Fixed Closed Season

FB18-021 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 28, 2018 CONTACT:Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305,kelli.odonnell@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying the greater amberjack recreational fishing year and fixed closed season in the Gulf of Mexico. Recreational fishing for greater amberjack will be open May 1-31, 2018. WHEN THIS RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: Regulations will…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Management Measures for Gray Triggerfish

FB17-076 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 15, 2017 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces new management measures to rebuild the gray triggerfish stock in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), which is currently overfished (stock abundance is too low). The actions will modify the recreational fixed closed season, reduce the recreational bag…

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NOAA Fisheries Publishes Individual Fishing Quota Program Reminders

FB17-075 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 7, 2017 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov                     KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries is sending these end-of-year reminders to ensure IFQ participants are knowledgeable about end of year restrictions as well as subsequent start of year information. We are also providing…

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Commercial Gray Triggerfish to Close on November 18

FB17-067 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: November 9, 2017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov     Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in Federal Watersof the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on November 18, 2017   WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on November 18, 2017. Commercial…