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Final Rule to Implement Modifications to Vessel Monitoring System Reporting Requirements for Gulf Federally Permitted Charter and Headboat Vessels

This message is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule that will establish Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) reporting requirements for Charter and Headboat Vessels with Gulf reef fish and Gulf coastal migratory pelagic federal permits. When the Rule Will Take Effect: Regulations will be effective December 13, 2021. What This…

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NOAA Offers Online Workshop for Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program Participants

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries invites all Individual Fishing Quota program (IFQ) participants to attend a virtual workshop, including brief presentations followed by Q&A sessions. For further information, IFQ participants can contact Catch Share Support at (866) 425-7627 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time…

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NOAA Announces Recreational Closure of Gray Triggerfish and Red Grouper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish and red grouper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on September 15, 2021. Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will reopen March 1, 2022, following the 2022 January and February seasonal…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet September 27-30, 2021

Meeting Notice September 9, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a four-day hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) of its Standing, Reef Fish, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs). The meeting will be held on from 8:30 – 5:00 EDT on September 27-30, 2021, at the Council Office located…

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NOAA Offers Online Webinars for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish and Coastal Migratory Pelagic For-Hire Permit Holders

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: NOAA Offers Online Webinars for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish and Coastal Migratory Pelagic For-Hire Permit Holders Topic: Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting Program Vessel Monitoring System Requirements Key Message: NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office is in the process of implementing Phase 2 of the Southeast…

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August 2021 Council Meeting Summary

For Immediate Release August 31, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) met in San Antonio, Texas from August 23-26.  The meeting began with the induction of re-appointed members Susan Boggs, Jonathan ‘JD’ Dugas, and Dale A. Diaz.  Bob Gill and Billy Broussard were inducted as new members.  These members are appointed…

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2020 Law Enforcement Officer/Team of the Year Awarded to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Marine Tactical Operations Group

For Immediate Release August 25, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2020 Law Enforcement Officer/Team of the Year award to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Division of Law Enforcement Marine Tactical Operations Group. The Council’s Team/Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service,…