June 2021 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a 5-day meeting at the Opal Key Resort and Marina in Key West, Florida June 21-25, 2021. You can also join the meeting by webinar.   Public testimony will be held on Thursday, June 24 from 2:15 – 5:30 PM, EDT. If you plan to provide…

April Council Meeting Preview

  The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar April 12-15, 2021. The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting materials are available on the Council Meeting Webpage. You will be able to join the webinar at this link during the meeting.  Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 2:00 – 5:30 PM EDT.…

Regulation Rationale: Minimum Size Limits

Have you ever wondered why regulations like size limits, seasons, and bag limits are set the way they are? In this series of articles, we’ll explore the logic used to set fishing regulations. We’ll explain why these types of regulations vary by species and explore the factors that are considered when we set them.  …

Kid Fishing

January Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar January  25-28, 2021. The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting materials are available on the Council Meeting Webpage. You will be able to join the webinar at this link during the meeting.  Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 2:30…

Lophelia

New Regulations Protect Deep-Water Corals

Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Healthy coral reef ecosystems support fisheries and recreational activities across the world. Deep-water coral reefs found in light-limited environments deeper than 164 feet (27 fathoms) are different from the typical shallow coral reefs you might be familiar with. They can live to be hundreds, if…

Shrimp

October Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar October 26-29, 2020. The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting material are available on the Council Meeting Webpage.You will be able to join the webinar at this link during the meeting.  Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 1:00 –…

Big Red Drum

September Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar September 28-30, 2020. This meeting is being held to replace the regularly scheduled August Council meeting which was cancelled because two hurricanes developed in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting materials are available on the Council Meeting Webpage. You…