Mark Miller

October 2012 Council Meeting Preview

Ahoy, We’re gearing up for another Council meeting that’s taking place next week (October 29 – November 1) at the Marriott Courtyard in Gulfport, Mississippi.   As always, Dr. Roy Crabtree, the Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries will host an informal question and answer session on Tuesday after the meeting concludes. We’ll be hosting a…

Mark Miller

Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan

Ahoy, We’re gearing up for another Council meeting that’s taking place next week (October 29 – November 1) at the Marriott Courtyard in Gulfport, Mississippi.   If you’re interested in what we plan to discuss you can find the schedule here, and all the briefing materials can be found here. As always, Dr. Roy Crabtree,…

Black Grouper

Sector Allocation – Amendment 28 Q&A

What is Sector Allocation? Photo: Doug Gregory Sector allocation considers setting allocations for gag, red grouper, black grouper, and red snapper. While allocation has traditionally been set between commercial and recreational sectors, this document considers sub-dividing the recreational allocation into private, for-hire, and possibly headboat sectors. How far along is the Council in making decisions?…

Fishing

August 2012 Pre-Meeting Study Guide

  It’s that time again… The Gulf Council is gearing up to meet next week – August 20th– 23rd – in New Orleans, Louisiana to work on a number of different fishery management issues. Check out the committee schedule and the full Council schedule to see when Council plans to discuss issues that are important…

Seafood Dealer Reporting Requirements

This week, the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils are hosting public hearings on an amendment that considers making changes to the current seafood dealer reporting requirements. The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils want to improve the accuracy, consistency, and timeliness of data that is reported by seafood dealers…

Scamps

Shallow Water Grouper Accountability Measures

Photo: Capt. Hickman The Council is working on an amendment that considers changing:        1. The accountability measure that shortens the entire shallow-water grouper season if the gag or red grouper Annual Catch Limit is exceeded. 2. The range of accountability measures that can   be implemented within the Reef Fish Fishery Management…

Speaker

June 2012 Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet in Tampa, Florida on June 18th -21st. The meeting is open to the public, so check out the committee agenda and the full Council agenda to see what might interest you. We also encourage you to take advantage of a couple of opportunities for public participation…

miglinis pear fishing

Rig Removal – Essential Fish Habitat

  Photo: Mike Miglini Rig Removal – Essential Fish Habitat Artificial reefs and their link to the Gulf fisheries has been a hot topic for the past few years. Scientists debate whether artificial reefs increase fish populations by expanding habitat opportunity or simply attract fish from other, less desirable habitat. It’s been difficult to determine…