Meet Our Team- Jessica Matos

Meet Our Team! In order to provide some insight into who we are as Council Staff, and inform about what we do to assist the Council with managing the federal fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, we hope you enjoy our first “Meet Our Team” blog article below. We will be highlighting each of our…

Fishy or Not, We Want Your Feedback!

You might already be aware of the Something’s Fishy tool that the Council uses to gather feedback from fishermen. It’s possible that you’ve contributed by providing your expertise on one or more species. The responses we gather are used to expand our understanding of current stock conditions and can even serve to guide future management…

January 2022 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a completely virtual meeting next week, January 24 – 27, 2022.   Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 2:15 to 5: 30 PM CST. To provide public testimony, you must register online and join the webinar.  A registration link to provide…

Looking Back at 2021 and Forward to 2022

As we close out this year we have an opportunity to reflect on what has occurred and look ahead to next year. 2021 was another eventful year filled with unique challenges and we expect 2022 will bring new challenges, along with opportunities to fine-tune our management in an effort to keep everyone sustainably fishing far…

October 2021 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico fishery Management Council will hold a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting next week, October 25-28, 2021. The meeting will be held at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. You can also join the meeting by webinar.   The public will have three opportunities to interact with the Council during…

Am I Using Legal Bait or Should I Switch?

There are quite a few regulations that dictate what you can and cannot use as bait while fishing in federal waters or with federally managed species. Many of the regulations aren’t directly related to guidance on the use of species as bait, but do dictate harvest or possession specifications and control how species are treated…

Meet the Council: Bob Gill and Billy Broussard

The Gulf Council is comprised of fishermen and other experts in the fishery from states across the Gulf of Mexico.  Drawing upon the expertise of these local fishermen ensures that federal fishing regulations are made with direct understanding of, and passion for, our fishery.  The Council is pleased to welcome aboard its newest members, Mr.…

August 2021 Council Meeting Preview

Next week, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting from August 23-26, 2021. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. You can also join the meeting by webinar. The public will have two opportunities to interact with the…

BSIA Overview

BSIA stands for “best scientific information available.” It’s a term used often when making important fisheries management decisions, so it’s helpful to define BSIA, summarize how it is determined, and specify who decides what is BSIA. What is BSIA? The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (The Magnuson-Stevens Act) governs modern fisheries management and includes…

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…