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January 2018 Council Update

For Immediate Release February 2, 2018 January 2018 Council Update   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 29 – February 1, 2018. The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions: Spiny Lobster The Council reviewed the draft Options Paper for Spiny Lobster Amendment 13, which considers…

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Application Deadline Extended – Gulf Council Seeking New Executive Director

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer responsible for conducting the business of the Council and implementing the Council’s policies, actions, fishery management activities, and decisions by providing direction and supervision of administrative and scientific staff.…

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NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP)

High-priority areas for Fiscal Year 2018 projects include: Developing innovative and effective technologies; gear modifications; avoidance programs and techniques; and/or improved fishing practices in commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture to reduce bycatch impacts. Improving understanding and reduction of post-release and other indirect mortality, including barotrauma, predation, and unaccounted mortality in commercial and recreational fisheries…

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Gulf of Mexico Recreational Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack 2018 Fishing Seasons – Clarification of Federal Water Regulations

FB17-082 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 29, 2017 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov Gulf of Mexico Recreational Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack 2018 Fishing Seasons Clarification of Federal Water Regulations    WHAT/WHEN: The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters will open 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2018,…

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Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Allowable Harvest and Recreational Closed Season

FB17-080 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 28, 2017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Allowable Harvest and Recreational Closed Season KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial and recreational greater amberjack management measures in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). WHEN THIS RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: Regulations will be…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery

FB17-079 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 21, 2017 CONTACT: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305, Frank.Helies@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: A new rule for Amendment 17B to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan establishes transit provisions for shrimp vessels without a federal permit, specifies a minimum threshold number of Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) shrimp moratorium permits, and identifies a review panel…

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The Gulf Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees to Convene

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees on January 9-11 in the Gulf Council’s Conference room located at 2203 N. Lois Ave, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL, 33607. The meeting will convene on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 9 a.m.…