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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Recommends Prohibiting Trolling and Possession of Reef Fish Year-Round in Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Marine Protected Areas

For Immediate Release June 18, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a framework action that considers modifying surface trolling provisions and possession allowances in the Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  The Council recommends prohibiting all fishing year-round in both Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps.  The Council…

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Gulf Council Virtual Meeting Registration and Public Comment Instructions

For Immediate Release June 11, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet June 15-18, 2020 by webinar. The Committee schedule, Council agenda, and meeting materials are on the Council Meetings webpage.   We recommend you join the meeting by downloading the free Adobe Connect Application on your computer or mobile phone and entering…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ask for Input on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Fisheries and Management

For Immediate Release May 22, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council would like to gain a better understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted fishing and fishing communities. At its June 2020 meeting, the Council plans to discuss impacts of COVID-19 and may consider management changes to ease those impacts.  …

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Summary of Joint Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Workgroup on Section 102: Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018

For Immediate Release May 20, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils convened a joint workgroup to address Section 102:  Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018.  The Joint Workgroup was comprised of Council members from the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, and…

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Gulf Council to Hold a Webinar Meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees

Meeting Notice May 13, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees will convene via webinar from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Monday, June 1, 2020.  The Committees will focus on reviewing SEDAR 67, the Gulf of Mexico Vermillion Snapper Stock Assessment.  It will…

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News from NOAA Fisheries – CARES Act Funding and American Seafood Executive Order

MAY 7, 2020 Commerce Secretary Announces Allocation of $300 Million in CARES Act Funding Today, the Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also called the CARES Act, to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and…