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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Reminder of New Requirements for Commercial Reef Fish Permitted Vessels

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers: FB18-079 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: November 16, 2018 CONTACT: Sustainable Fisheries Division (727) 824-5305 KEY MESSAGE: In June 2018, NOAA Fisheries implemented new requirements to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. One change requires all Read More »

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Gulf Council to Hold Public Hearings for Amendment 50 – State Management of Recreational Red Snapper

For Immediate Release November 15, 2018   The Gulf Council to Hold Public Hearings and Webinar on Draft  Amendment 50 – State Management of Recreational Red Snapper   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold ten public hearings and a webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Amendment 50 – State Management of Recreational Read More »

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Gulf Council’s Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter-For-Hire Advisory Panel to Meet

Meeting Notice November 15, 2018   The Gulf Council’s Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter-For-Hire Advisory Panel to Meet, December 12   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of it’s Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter-For-Hire Advisory Panel on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Council office Read More »

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Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel Reopens in the Western Zone

The following NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers: FB18-076 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: November 6, 2018 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Western Zone will reopen for seven days in November 2018. Commercial harvestwill reopen at 12:01 am, local time, Read More »

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Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awarded

For Immediate Release October 24, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Senior Conservation Enforcement Officer Kyle “Bull” Rabren with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Marine Resources Division.   The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above Read More »

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Gulf Council will Convene its Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Advisory Panel

Meeting Notice October 18, 2018 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Advisory Panel. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Gulf Council’s office, located at 4107 W. Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL Read More »

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Revised Reporting Requirements for Federal Seafood Dealers Through November 21, 2018

The following press release from NOAA Fisheries is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers: FB18-068 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: October 12, 2018 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida panhandle on October 10, 2018. NOAA Fisheries has determined that Read More »

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Gulf Council Seeks Fishery Biologist – Deadline Extended

For Immediate Release October 11, 2018   Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Seeks New Fishery Biologist – Deadline Extended   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently accepting applications for the position of Fishery Biologist.   The Fishery Biologist will be under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director.  The primary responsibility of Read More »

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Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish Closed

FB18-066 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: October 5, 2018 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico closed at 12:01 am, local time, on October 7, 2018. Commercial harvest will remain closed through the end of the year. WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING: The 2018 commercial Read More »

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Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel will Close in the Western Zone on October 5, 2018

FB18-064 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: October 1, 2018 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-824-5305, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Western Zone will close at 12:00 pm, local time, on October 5, 2018. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 am, local time, on July 1, 2019. WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING: The 2018/2019 Read More »

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Gulf Council will Convene its Law Enforcement Technical Committee

Meeting Notice September 19, 2018   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. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Isla Grand Beach Resort, located Read More »

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

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). The meeting will convene on Tuesday, October 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EST, and on Wednesday, October 3rd from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held at Read More »

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Gulf Council Seeking To Hire Fishery Biologist

For Immediate Release September 7, 2018   Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Seeks New Fishery Biologist   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently accepting applications for the position of Fishery Biologist.   The Fishery Biologist will be under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director.  The primary responsibility of this position is Read More »

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Gulf Council Transitions Fishing Regulations to Fish Rules Mobile App

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is transitioning its federal fishing regulations to the Fish Rules mobile application. Fishermen using the Council’s current Gulf of Mexico Fishing Regulations mobile application are asked to download Fish Rules and uninstall the former application.   The Gulf Council has begun using the Fish Rules mobile application to keep anglers updated Read More »

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Recreational Harvest of Gray Triggerfish to Close August 17, 2018

FB18-055 August 10, 2018 For more information contact Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am (local time) on August 17, 2018. Recreational harvest will remain closed through the end of the year. WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING: The 2018 Read More »

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REVISED Reminder: Gulf of Mexico Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Seasons Re-Open on August 1, 2018

FB18-052 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: July 30, 2018 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, (727) 824-5305, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries reminds recreational fisherman that the Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish and greater amberjack recreational fishing seasons re-open on August 1, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., local time.   For Gray Triggerfish: The recreational fixed closed seasons are Read More »

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Gulf Council to Hold Webinar Public Hearing for Spiny Lobster Amendment 13

Meeting Notice July 20, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing via webinar to collect public comments on Amendment 13 – Modifications to the Spiny Lobster Gear Requirements and Cooperative Management Procedures. The Amendment considers aligning federal regulations in the EEZ off Florida with those of the state Read More »

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Gulf Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel and Shrimp SSC to Meet

Meeting Notice July 19, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a one day meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel and Shrimp Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). The meeting will convene on Thursday, August 2, 2018,  from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel, located at Read More »

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NOAA Fisheries Releases Revised MRIP Recreational Catch and Effort Estimates

Today, NOAA Fisheries released revised Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) catch and effort estimates (1981-2017) as part of its recent transition from the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS) to the new, mail-based Fishing Effort Survey (FES). The agency also released preliminary estimates based on the FES for 2018 wave 1 (Jan. – Feb.). The release Read More »

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Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15, 2018

FB18-048 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: July 9 2018 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-551-5602, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov Gulf Shrimp Fishery to Re-Open Off Texas on July 15, 2018 WHAT/WHEN: NOAA Fisheries announces federal waters from 9 to 200 nautical miles off Texas will open to shrimp trawling beginning 30 minutes after official sunset, local time, on July 15, 2018, Read More »

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Commerce Department Announces Council Appointments

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 30 members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks. Twenty-nine of the new and reappointed council members will serve three-year terms from August 11, 2018 through August 10, 2021. One appointed member is filling an at-large seat recently Read More »

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Final Rule Increases Spiny Lobster Catch Levels and Prohibits Recreational Trapping in the South Atlantic

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for Regulatory Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic (Regulatory Amendment 4). Regulatory Amendment 4 increases the catch limit for spiny lobster based on updated landings information and revised scientific recommendations; and prohibits the use Read More »

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Final Rule to Modify Gulf of Mexico Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

FB18-044 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 22, 2018 CONTACT: Rich Malinowski, 727-824-5305, Rich.Malinowski@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial and recreational mutton snapper and commercial gag management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. The rule will: Modify the annual catch limit for mutton snapper Remove the annual catch target Decrease the Read More »

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NOAA Requests Submission of Landing Locations for All Commercially Permitted Reef Fish Vessels

FB18-040   FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 12, 2018 CONTACT: Catch Share Customer Support, (866) 425-7627 (option 2, 8am – 4:30pm EST), nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: In May 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved new requirements to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. One change Read More »

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Final Rule to Improve Commercial Reef Fish Landing Compliance and Provide Flexibility in the Individual Fishing Quota Programs

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces new measures affecting commercial reef fish fishermen. The purpose of this action is to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. WHAT THIS MEANS: All owners or operators of a commercial reef fish permitted vessel landing any commercially caught, federally managed Read More »

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Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Opens to Address the Needs of Fishing Communities

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the 2019 Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant competition is currently open. The goal of the S-K 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 FY19 solicitation seeks applications Read More »

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Vermillion Snapper Annual Catch Limit Reduced

FB18-031 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 14, 2018 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305,  Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE:  NOAA Fisheries announces a reduction to the annual catch limit for vermilion snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf).  The annual catch limit is the maximum amount of vermilion snapper that can be landed each year.  NOAA Fisheries is also Read More »

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Commercial Harvest of King Mackerel Closes in the Northern Zone on May 15, 2018 (Updated 5/17/18)

FB18-030 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 11, 2018 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305,Kelli.O’Donnell@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN/WHERE:  Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Northern Zone will close at 12:01 am (local time) on May 15, 2018. The Northern Zone for Gulf of Mexico king mackerel is located in federal waters between a line at 87°31.1′ Read More »

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Federal Waters off Texas Close to Shrimping on May 15, 2018

FB18-029 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 7, 2018 CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, 727-824-5305, Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov   Federal Waters Off Texas Close to Shrimping on May 15, 2018   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 15, 2018, Read More »

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Gulf Council to Hold Webinar Public Hearing for Amendment 49 – Sea Turtle Release Gear

Meeting Notice May 7, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing webinar to collect comments on Reef Fish Amendment 49 – Modifications to the Sea Turtle Release Gear and Framework Procedure for the Reef Fish Fishery. The amendment considers modifying the sea turtle release requirements to allow three Read More »

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Scientific and Statistical Committees

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking applicants for its Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC).Current members must reapply to be considered for future membership.   The Council has one standing and seven special Scientific and Statistical Committees comprised of individuals who have expertise in statistics, fishery biology, marine ecology, economics, sociology, anthropology, or Read More »

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Join the Discussion: Recreational Fishing for Red Snapper – the 2018 Season

Please Join the Discussion:  Recreational Fishing for Red Snapper – the 2018 Season What:   NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Administrator, Dr. Roy Crabtree and newly appointed Southeast Fisheries Science Center Director,  Dr. Clay Porch will provide an update and take questions about red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico including the 2018 recreational red snapper fishing season.   When:  Read More »

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Gulf Council to Host Public Hearings and Webinar on Coral Amendment 9

For Immediate Release April 25, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold eight public hearings and a webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Amendment 9 – Coral Habitat Areas Considered for Management in the Gulf of Mexico. The Council is currently considering creating several new coral habitat areas of particular concern in Read More »

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Announcing a New Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) for Offshore Aquaculture

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is pleased to announce the Marine Resources Education Program (MREP) for Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico. Interest in offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico is growing.  Understanding the science, policy, and economics involved are key for effective participation within the industry. MREP Aquaculture provides an opportunity Read More »

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Commercial Harvest of Greater Amberjack in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Not Reopen on June 1, 2018

FB18-022 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: April 2, 2018 CONTACT: 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 (Gulf) will not reopen June 1, 2018.  Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2019.   WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING: The latest report for Read More »

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Final Rule Modifies the Recreational Greater Amberjack Fishing Year and Fixed Closed Season

FB18-021 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 28, 2018 CONTACT:Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305,kelli.odonnell@noaa.gov   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying the greater amberjack recreational fishing year and fixed closed season in the Gulf of Mexico. Recreational fishing for greater amberjack will be open May 1-31, 2018. WHEN THIS RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT: Regulations will Read More »

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Gulf Council’s Ad Hoc Red Snapper & Grouper-Tilefish IFQ Advisory Panel To Meet, April 10

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of it’s Ad Hoc Red Snapper & Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Advisory Panel. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Council office conference room at 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, Florida, from 8:30 am to 5:00 Read More »

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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments for an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to Test Trap Targeting of Lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Federal Waters

FB18-017 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 16, 2018 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, (727) 824-5305, Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov   NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments for an Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to Test Trap Targeting of Lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Federal Waters KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments on an application for an exempted fishing permit Read More »

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Request for Comments: Exempted Fishing Permits to Allow State Pilot Projects for the Management of Recreational Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

FB18-016 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 12, 2018 CONTACT:Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305,   Request for Comments: Exempted Fishing Permits to Allow State Pilot Projects for the Management of Recreational Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a comment period on five exempted fishing permits (EFPs) submitted by each of the Read More »

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Standing, Reef Fish, Shrimp, and Socioeconomic SSCs To Meet March 26-27

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of it’s  Standing, Reef Fish, Shrimp, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC) on March 26-27, 2018 in the Gulf Council’s conference room located at 2203 N. Lois Ave, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL, 33607. The meeting will be held Monday, March 26, from 1 Read More »

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New Tool Available for Aquaculture Siting in Gulf of Mexico

For Immediate Release March 8, 2018   NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently released the Gulf AquaMapper, a web-based ocean exploration tool for marine aquaculture development in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Gulf AquaMapper compiles data that can be used to determine opportunities and constraints for aquaculture development in federal waters of the Read More »

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Gulf Council’s Law Enforcement Technical Committee and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission Law Enforcement Committee to Meet March 13

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of it’s Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC), in conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission Law Enforcement Committee (LEC), on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.  The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort, located at 4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Read More »

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Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone Will Close on February 20, 2018

FB18-013 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: February 16, 2018 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, kelli.odonnell@noaa.gov   Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone Will Close on February 20, 2018 WHAT/WHEN: Commercial hook-and-line harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Southern Zone (depicted Read More »

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Final Rule Modifies the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried On Board Bottom Longline Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico

FB18-011 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE:    February 6, 2018 CONTACT:   Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.Odonnell@noaa.gov   Final Rule Modifies the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried On Board Bottom Longline Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico   KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial bottom longline regulations in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). WHEN THIS Read More »

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panel

For Immediate Release February 5, 2018   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for membership on the Reef Fish Advisory Panel and the Shrimp Advisory Panel for the next three-year term. Advisory Panels are charged with advising the Council on specific fishery issues and are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable Read More »

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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. Read More »

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Government Shutdown – IFQ Program Operations During the Shutdown

FB18-005 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: January 22, 2018   GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IFQ Program Operations During the Shutdown   KEY MESSAGE: IFQ Customer Support is currently unavailable to take phone calls or e-mails due to the lapse in federal government FY18 appropriations. During the government shutdown IFQ participants can leave messages for Catch Share Support at Read More »

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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 Read More »

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