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The Gulf Council Seeks and New Name for its Something’s Fishy Tool

For Immediate Release October 13, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council uses its Something’s Fishy tool to gather feedback from fishermen on what’s happening on the water with our fish stocks. The tool is deployed for each fish that is undergoing a stock assessment. Responses are shared with assessment scientists, the Council’s Scientific…

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Reduction in the 2021/2022 Commercial Gillnet Quota for Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone King Mackerel

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: The 2021/2022 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) commercial quota for the king mackerel gillnet component is 563,480 pounds (lbs). The use of run-around gillnets for king mackerel is restricted to the Gulf southern zone (see map below). The commercial harvest reduction is effective with the start…

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Reopening of the 2021 Federal Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational For-Hire Season

The following Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: The 2021 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) red snapper fishing season in federal waters for vessels with federal for-hire (charter/headboat) reef fish permits was 63 days (opened June 1, 2021 and closed August 3, 2021). Based on updated landings data, NOAA Fisheries determined that the red…

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Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Lane Snapper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on October 18, 2021

The following fishery bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Commercial and recreational harvest of lane snapper in Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 18, 2021. Commercial and recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022 Why This Closure is Happening:…

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Gulf Council Convenes a Virtual Meeting of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee

For Immediate Release September 23, 2021     The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Law Enforcement Technical Committee in Conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee. The meeting will be held on October 12, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.   The Committee will address…

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Gulf Council to Host Informational Webinar Sessions with For-Hire Fishermen and Vessel Monitoring System Vendors

Meeting Notice September 21, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host two informational webinars designed to give federal charter/headboat permit holders and for-hire captains the opportunity to compare Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) options approved for the Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting (SEFHIER) Program and ask vendors questions about the units.  …

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Gulf Council to Hold In-Person and Virtual Public Hearings on Cobia

For Immediate Release September 17, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold eight in-person public hearings and one webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 32: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure.   Amendment 32…