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The Gulf Council Recommends Increasing Gray Triggerfish and Lane Snapper Catch Limits

For Immediate Release January 28, 2021 Lane Snapper The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a framework action to increase the lane snapper catch limits and modify the fishing season closure accountability measure. The most recent update assessment of lane snapper used catch and effort data from the Marine Recreational Information…

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Gulf Council Recommends Status Determination Criteria for Reef Fish Stocks and Red Drum

For Immediate Release December 1, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 48/Red Drum Amendment 5 which considers defining maximum sustainable yield (MSY), a maximum fishing mortality threshold (MFMT), a minimum stock size threshold (MSST), and an optimum yield (OY) for all managed stocks. These reference points are…

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Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Presented to Sergeant Scott Dupre of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

For Immediate Release January 27, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2019 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Sergeant Scott Dupre of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division. The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished…

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The Public Will Have Two Opportunities to Interact with Fishery Management Leadership During the January 25-28, 2021 Council Meeting

For Immediate Release January 21, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets January 25-28, 2021 by webinar. The Council is scheduled to take final action on four items at this meeting: Reef Fish Amendment 48/Red Drum Amendment 5 – Status Determination Criteria and Optimum Yield for Reef Fish and Red Drum Framework Action…

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Gulf Council Solicits Proposals for Development of a Document and Geodatabase for Mesophotic and Deep-Water Corals in the Gulf of Mexico

For Immediate Release December 18, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has issued a Request for Proposals for a qualified contractor to compile and synthesize information on mesophotic and deep-water corals, and coral-related habitats throughout the Gulf of Mexico.  The selected contractor will be tasked with producing a report and developing a…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet January 5-7, 2021

Meeting Notice December 18, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a three-day webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held January 5 – 7, 2021.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following: Greater Amberjack: The SEDAR…

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November/December Council Update

For Immediate Release December 2, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met virtually on November 30 – December 1, 2020. The meeting began with a presentation from the NOAA Office of Atlantic Highly Migratory Species on its Draft Amendment 14, which considers creating a framework for establishing acceptable biological catch and annual…