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.…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Management Measures for Gray Triggerfish

FB17-076 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 15, 2017 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces new management measures to rebuild the gray triggerfish stock in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), which is currently overfished (stock abundance is too low). The actions will modify the recreational fixed closed season, reduce the recreational bag…

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NOAA Fisheries Publishes Individual Fishing Quota Program Reminders

FB17-075 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 7, 2017 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 these end-of-year reminders to ensure IFQ participants are knowledgeable about end of year restrictions as well as subsequent start of year information. We are also providing…

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Commercial Gray Triggerfish to Close on November 18

FB17-067 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: November 9, 2017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov     Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in Federal Watersof the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on November 18, 2017   WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on November 18, 2017. Commercial…

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Changes to Making Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program Landing Notifications through the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

FB17-066 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE:    November 7, 2017 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: Changes are being made to make new approved landing locations and dealers available almost instantly for use by IFQ participants. To be more efficient, the drop-down menus are being replaced with…

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The Gulf Council’s Standing and Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet by Webinar

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Standing and Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees on Tuesday, October 31, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. The meeting will be held via webinar. The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following items: Legislative approaches to recreational red snapper…

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Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Western Zone Will Close on October 7, 2017

FB17-054 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: October 05, 2017 CONTACT:  Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305,Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov    Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Western Zone Will Close on October 7, 2017 WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Western Zone will close at 12:00 pm (local time) on…

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Officer of the Year Award Presented to Marine Patrol Officer Roy Lipscomb

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council awarded the 2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Marine Patrol Officer Roy Lipscomb with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), Office of Marine Patrol. Officer Lipscomb was presented the prestigious award by Council Chairman Leann Bosarge and Council Executive Director Doug Gregory.   The…

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Revised Reporting Requirements for Federal Seafood Dealers in Florida through October 31, 2017

FB17-053 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: October 2, 2017 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017. NOAA Fisheries has determined that catastrophic conditions exist for the following Florida counties: Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade,…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Convene its Law Enforcement Technical Committee

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will Convene its Law Enforcement Technical Committee in Conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Battle House Renaissance Hotel, located at 26 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Will hold its Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter For-Hire and Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panel Meetings As Scheduled

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene the Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter For-Hire Advisory Panel on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The meetings will be…

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September 12-14, 2017 Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting Cancelled

Due to the threat from Hurricane Irma, the Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting scheduled for September 12-14, 2017 has been cancelled. All hotel reservations made under the Gulf Council’s block of rooms have been cancelled and airline reservations made through Adtrav have been cancelled. Individuals who made their own reservations will need to cancel their…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Convene its Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter For-Hire and Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panels

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene the Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter For-Hire Advisory Panel on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The meetings will be…

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

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees on September 12-14 in the Gulf Council’s Conference room located at 2203 N. Lois Ave, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL, 33607. The meeting will convene on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. to…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Opportunity

NOAA Fisheries Announces the Opening of the 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Competition The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The 2018 solicitation seeks applications that fall into…

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Ad Hoc Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program (IFQ) Advisory Panel

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has decided to disband its Ad Hoc Red Snapper IFQ Advisory Panel and replace it with an Advisory Panel that incorporates both red snapper and grouper-tilefish IFQ fishermen and fish dealers.  The Council is currently accepting applications for membership on the Ad Hoc Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish IFQ…

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Final Rule Modifying Commercial King and Spanish Mackerel Permit Restrictions

FB17-043                                                                                             FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: August 1, 2017 CONTACT: Rich Malinowski, 727-824-5305, Rich.Malinowski@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule to allow fishing for and retaining the recreational bag and possession limits of king and Spanish mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), South Atlantic, and Mid-Atlantic on a vessel with a federal commercial…

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Enhancements to the Login Procedure for the Catch Shares Online System

FB17-039 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: July 20, 2017 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov Enhancements to the Login Procedure for the Catch Shares Online System KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries has simplified the login procedure for the catch share online system. The catch share online system is home to the…

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Outreach and Education Technical Committee to Meet

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene the Outreach and Education Technical Committee on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held at the Council offices located at 2203 N.Lois Ave, Suite 1100, Tampa, Florida 33607. The Technical Committee will discuss outreach and education efforts on fish measurement, barotrauma…

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Commerce Department Announces 2017 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Appointments

The Secretary of Commerce recently announced the appointment of three members to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  The Council looks forward to welcoming the following appointees on August 11, 2017. Mr. Phillip Dyskow of Florida will join the Council for his first term.  He served as the former President of Yamaha Marine Group…

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Commercial Harvest of Greater Amberjack in Federal Waters Will Close on June 20, 2017

FB17-033 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 14, 2017CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305,Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov   WHAT/WHEN: Commercial harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close at 12:01 on June 20, 2017. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time on January 1, 2018. WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING: The latest report…

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Department of Commerce Announces Private Recreational Red Snapper Season Extension

This announcement from the Department of Commerce is provided as a courtesy to our stakeholders. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 14, 2017 News Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883 WASHINGTON –For the first time in a decade, Federal authorities and the five Gulf States have agreed to align Federal and State private angler red…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Final Rule to Adjust Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Sector Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and Quotas

FB17-032 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 6, 2017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: Amendment 28 to the reef fish fishery management plan shifted 2.5 percent of the red snapper quota allocation from the commercial sector to the recreational sector. A court order vacated the amendment and requires NOAA Fisheries to reinstate the sector…

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Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel in the Western Zone will Close May 21, 2017

FB17-029 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 17, 2017 CONTACT:  Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov     Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Western Zone Will Close May 21, 2017   WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Western Zone will close at 12:01 pm (local…

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Gulf Council Hosts Webinar Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Vermilion Snapper Management and Minimum Stock Size Threshold for Reef Fish Stocks

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host public hearings via webinar to gather public comments on two issues. Reef Fish Amendment 44, which considers minimum stock size threshold for reef fish stocks; and Reef Fish Amendment 47, which considers modifying vermilion snapper annual catch limits and maximum sustainable yield proxies. Public hearings begin…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces the Federal Waters off Texas Close to Shrimping on May 15, 2017

FB17-026 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 8, 2017 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-824-5305, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov Federal Waters off Texas Closed to Shrimping on May 15, 2017   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will close to shrimp trawling at 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on May…

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The Gulf Council’s Standing and Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet via Webinar

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Standing and Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees on Wednesday, May 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The meeting will be held via webinar. The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following items: Vermillion Snapper OFL and ABC Projections…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces the Opening of the Western, Northern, and Southern (Gillnet component) Zones to Commercial King Mackerel Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico on May 11, 2017

FB17-025 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 3, 2017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov   NOAA Fisheries Announces the Opening of the Western, Northern, and Southern (Gillnet component) Zones to Commercial King Mackerel Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico on May 11, 2017 KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces the re-opening of the western, northern, and southern (gillnet…

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Gulf Council Schedules Public Hearing Meetings for Shrimp Amendment 17B and Scoping Workshops for Coral Amendment 7

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a series of meetings to gather public comments on two issues. Shrimp Amendment 17B considers setting harvest benchmarks, setting a target number of permits, creating a permit pool, and allowing transit through federal waters. Coral Amendment 7 considers designating protections for deep-water coral areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

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