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Gulf Council Continues to Seek Applicants for its Special Coral, Special Mackerel, and Special Shrimp Scientific and Statistical Committees

For Immediate Release July 2, 2021    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) continues to seek applicants for its Special Coral, Special Mackerel, and Special Shrimp Statistical Committees (SSC).   The Council has one standing and eight special Scientific and Statistical Committees comprised of individuals who have expertise in stock assessment or quantitative…

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Gulf Council Solicits Proposals for Conducting an Expanded Sampling and Ageing Study on Gulf of Mexico Gray Triggerfish

For Immediate Release July 2, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has issued a Request for Proposals for a qualified contractor to organize and conduct an ageing study on Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus to reconcile ageing differences in hard parts (i.e., otoliths versus dorsal spines).  The contractor is tasked with…

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June 2021 Council Meeting Summary

For Immediate Release June 29, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) met in Key West, Florida from June 21-25, 2021.   Red Grouper The Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 53: Red Grouper Allocations and Annual Catch Levels and Targets.  The most recent red grouper stock assessment (SEDAR 61)…

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Commerce Department Announces Council Appointments

For Immediate Release June 29, 2021   The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the appointment of 31 members to the regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage marine fishery resources. Established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, councils are responsible for developing region-specific fishery management plans that safeguard and enhance the nation’s fisheries…