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Gulf Council Convenes its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees

Meeting Notice August 29, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will convene at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and adjourn no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. The meeting…

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August 2019 Council Update

For Immediate Release August 20, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 12-15, 2019.  The Council re-elected Dr. Tom Frazer as its Chair and Dale Diaz as its Vice Chair.  The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions:   Recreational For-Hire Red Snapper Annual Catch Target…

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Gulf Council Recommends Values for Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria and Modifies the Annual Catch Limits

For Immediate Release August 15, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 51, which considers establishing or revising gray snapper status determination criteria and modifying Annual Catch Limits. The Council chose alternatives that minimize buffers and are consistent with the idea that the gray snapper stock…

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Modifications to Gear Requirements and Commercial Management Measures for the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Spiny Lobster Fishery

  KEY MESSAGES: These requirements are for federal waters off Florida and address bully net gear requirements, commercial daily possession limits when using bully nets or diving for the harvest of spiny lobster, and the soak period for spiny lobster traps.     WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: Regulations for commercial trap soak period are…