Standing, Reef Fish, and Coral Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet on January 9, 2020

Meeting Notice December 20, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, and Coral Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will convene from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th at the Gulf Council’s office located at 4107 W. Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL…

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Recreational and Commercial Harvest of Lane Snapper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on December 13, 2019

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy:  ISSUE DATE: December 10, 2019                                            FB19-079 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov Recreational and Commercial Harvest of Lane Snapper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of…

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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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Gulf Council Continues Search for a Fishery Outreach Specialist

For Immediate Release November 13, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently accepting applications for the position of Fishery Outreach Specialist. Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Fisheries Outreach Specialist will provide a communication link between the Council and its constituents by developing the appropriate outreach and education…

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Reduction in the 2029/2020 Commercial Gillnet Quota for Gulf Southern Zone King Mackerel

The following Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: ISSUE DATE: November 13, 2019 FB19-017 CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov WHAT/WHEN: The 2019/2020 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) commercial quota for the king mackerel gillnet component is 530,043 lbs. The use of run-around gillnets for king mackerel is restricted to the Gulf southern zone (see map below).…

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Gulf Council Recommends Modifying For-Hire Multi-Day Trip Possession Limit Regulations

For Immediate Release October 23, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a framework action that considers modifying federal for-hire multi-day trip possession limits. The Council recommends allowing anglers on federal for-hire fishing trips that last longer than 30 hours to possess two daily bag or vessel limits at…

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Seeks a Fishery Outreach Specialist

For Immediate Release October 17, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently accepting applications for the position of Fishery Outreach Specialist.   Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Fisheries Outreach Specialist will provide a communication link between the Council and its constituents by developing the appropriate outreach and…

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

Meeting Notice October 4, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees via Webinar. The meeting will convene from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, EST on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will review and…

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Continuation of Reductions in Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Catch Levels

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy:   FB19-058 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: October 1, 2019 CONTACT: Peter Hood, 727-824-5305, Peter.Hood@noaa.gov    KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries has published a final rule that continues reductions in the Gulf of Mexico red grouper commercial and recreational annual catch limits and associated annual catch targets put in place…

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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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Gulf Council Convenes its Coral and Shrimp Advisory Panels with its Coral Scientific and Statistical Committee

Meeting Notice August 27, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Coral and Shrimp Advisory panels in conjunction with its Coral Scientific and Statistical Committee. The meeting will convene from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Council offices located at 4107 W.…

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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…

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

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, July 30, 2019 and adjourn by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following:…

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Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for Projects Addressing the Needs of Fishing Communities

The following Fishery Bulletin is provided to our subscribers as a courtesy:     The goal of the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant 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 FY20 solicitation seeks applications…

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Gulf Council to Host Webinar Public Hearing on Reef Fish Amendment 51-Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria

Meeting Notice June 25, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a public hearing via webinar to solicit comments on Amendment 51—Gray Snapper Status Determination Criteria, Reference Points, and Annual Catch Limits. This amendment considers the criteria used to determine the overfishing and overfished status of gray snapper, and the annual…

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June Council Update

For Immediate Release June 11, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met last week in Destin, Florida. The following is a brief overview of what was accomplished:   Data Collection Advisory Panel The Council populated its Data Collection Advisory Panel (AP) and created its charge.  The charge is “To review and evaluate…

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Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awarded

For Immediate Release June 5, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Lieutenant Jason Marlow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.   The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service, professionalism,…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Final Temporary Rule to Reduce Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Catch Levels

The following notice from NOAA Fisheries is provided to our subscribers as a courtesy: FB19-026 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May17, 2019 CONTACT: Peter Hood, 727-824-5305, Peter.Hood@noaa.gov KEY MESSAGE: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested 2019 commercial and recreational annual catch limits be reduced to a level equal to the combined 2017 commercial and recreational…

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Gulf Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Red Drum and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees will Meet via Webinar

Meeting Notice April 25, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Red Drum, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will convene at 2:00 p.m., EDT and adjourn by 5:00 p.m., EDT on Thursday, May 9 2019. The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following:…

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April Council Update

For Immediate Release April 10, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met last week in Biloxi, Mississippi. The following is a brief overview of what was accomplished:   State Management of Private Recreational Red Snapper The Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 50: State Management for Recreational Red Snapper. The…

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Gulf Council Votes to Allow State Management of Recreational Red Snapper for Private Anglers

For Immediate Release April 4, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met this week in Biloxi, Mississippi and took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 50: State Management for Recreational Red Snapper.   The Council chose to delegate management authority of the private angling component for recreational red snapper fishing to each…

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Gulf Council Suggests Replacing Historical Captain Permits with Standard Charter/Headboat Permits

For Immediate Release April 3, 2019 This week in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action to allow people with historical captain permits the option to replace them with standard for-hire permits for federally managed reef fish and/or coastal migratory pelagic species.  Each newly issued for-hire permit will have the…

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Recreational Harvest Closure of Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: FB19-016 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 20, 2019 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 May 11, 2019. The 2020 recreational fishing year begins…

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Gulf Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet

Meeting Notice February 21, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committee to meet. The meeting will convene at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 and adjourn by 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The Scientific and…

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Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Southern Zone Will Close on February 22, 2019

FB19-009 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: February 20, 2019 CONTACT:  Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov   WHAT/WHEN: Commercial hook-and-line harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Southern Zone (depicted in map below) will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on February 22, 2019. Commercial hook-and-line harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local…

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Ecosystem and Outreach and Education Technical Committees

For Immediate Release February 15, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for stakeholder representatives to serve on the Ecosystem Technical Committee and the Outreach and Education Technical Committee. Technical Committees are special advisory panels made up of academics, agency, and industry personnel with expertise in relevant subject matter that…

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Gulf Council to Host Webinar Public Hearing on Generic Amendment to Carryover Unharvested Quota

Meeting Notice February 15, 2019 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a public hearing via webinar to solicit comments on a Generic Amendment that considers a provision to carry over the uncaught quota for applicable species to the following fishing year. Date/Time: 6:00 PM EST on Monday, March 4, 2019. Read the document here.…

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Commercial Gillnet Harvest of King Mackerel in the Gulf Southern Zone Closed on February 8, 2019

FB19-006 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: February 8, 2019 CONTACT:  Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov   WHAT/WHEN: Commercial gillnet harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone closed at 12 p.m., (local time) on February 8, 2019. Commercial gillnet harvest will reopen at 6:00 a.m., (local time) on January 21, 2020. WHY…

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Data Collection and Coral Advisory Panels

For Immediate Release February 8, 2019   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for membership on the Data Collection Advisory Panel and the Coral Advisory Panel. Advisory Panels are charged with advising the Council on specific fishery issues and are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation…

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January Council Update

For Immediate Release February 6, 2019   State Management of Recreational Red Snapper The Council heard a summary of comments received during public hearings and reviewed draft amendments for establishing state management programs for recreational red snapper. The Council added a new alternative, and made it the preferred, which would allocate the private angling annual…

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Gulf Council to Hold a Special Council Meeting to Take Final Action on State Management of Recreational Red Snapper* *Update – Meeting has been cancelled.

 Meeting Notice February 4, 2019   Update: This meeting has been cancelled. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Florida. This special Reef Fish Committee and full Council meeting will be held to allow the Council the opportunity…

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Gulf Council Seeking to Hire Fishery Biologist

For Immediate Release January 17, 2019   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 marine…

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