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Gulf Council to Meet in New Orleans, Louisiana

Meeting Notice January 2, 2020     The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet January 27-30, 2020 at the Hyatt Centric in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Council plans to discuss numerous issues including: the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, status determination criteria, trolling in Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps, allocation, modifications to the commercial…

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The Gulf Council Launches Redesigned Coral Portal Website to Enhance Understanding of Corals, Habitats, and Related Species

For Immediate Release December 5, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery has reinvented its Coral Portal website. The newly designed site features improved visuals with the following resources: Interactive maps displaying locations of corals, habitats, and fishery management areas in the Gulf of Mexico Tools used to support fisheries management decisions Educational resources designed…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Publishes 2019 Fishing Regulations and Transitions to Fish Rules Mobile App

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has published the 2019 commercial and recreational fishing regulations on the Federal Regulations page of its website. The regulations will be updated throughout the year as regulatory changes are made.   Additionally, on January 1, 2019 the Council will fully transition its federal fishing regulations to the Fish Rules mobile…

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Gulf Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet via Webinar

Meeting Notice December 27, 2018 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee via webinar. The meeting will convene on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. EDT. The Scientific and Statistical Committee will address the following: Terms of reference, schedules, and participants for upcoming assessments…

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Changes to the Renewal Process for Federal Permits

FB18-089                           FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 20, 2018 CONTACT: Sarah Stephenson, 727-824-5305, Sarah.Stephenson@noaa.gov  KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule to make administrative revisions to the renewal process for federal vessel permits, licenses, endorsements, and dealer permits (hereafter referred to collectively as permits) in the Southeast…

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Reminder Regarding the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Programs in the Gulf of Mexico

FB18-088      FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 18, 2018 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries is sending an end-of-year reminder to ensure IFQ participants are informed about end of year restrictions as well as subsequent start of year information. We are also providing additional…

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NOAA Fisheries Will Withhold a Portion of the Red Grouper Individual Fishing Quota in Anticipation of a Quota Reduction

FB18-087 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 17, 2018 CONTACT: Peter Hood, peter.hood@noaa.gov (727) 824-5305 KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries will withhold distribution of 59.4 percent of red grouper IFQ commercial allocation on January 1, 2019, the percentage of an intended commercial annual catch limit reduction requested by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). The…