January Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar January  25-28, 2021. The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting materials are available on the Council Meeting Webpage. You will be able to join the webinar at this link during the meeting.  Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 2:30…

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Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Announces Greater Amberjack Funding Opportunity for Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic Regions  

This news release is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers. January 8, 2021   The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is accepting proposal submissions to estimate the abundance of greater amberjack in the U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico (GoMEX) and South Atlantic (SA) regions. Proposal instructions are available in the funding request.…

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Gulf Council Solicits Proposals for Development of a Document and Geodatabase for Mesophotic and Deep-Water Corals in the Gulf of Mexico

For Immediate Release December 18, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has issued a Request for Proposals for a qualified contractor to compile and synthesize information on mesophotic and deep-water corals, and coral-related habitats throughout the Gulf of Mexico.  The selected contractor will be tasked with producing a report and developing a…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet January 5-7, 2021

Meeting Notice December 18, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a three-day webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held January 5 – 7, 2021.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following: Greater Amberjack: The SEDAR…

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The Gulf Council Asks Fishermen for Information on Gag Grouper

For Immediate Release December 10, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council would like to gain a better understanding of gag grouper in the Gulf of Mexico. It is seeking information from anglers and divers about what they have observed, including any “strange things” that scientists and managers may need to know. Scientists are…

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Gulf Council Solicits Proposals for Development of a Fishery Ecosystem Plan

For Immediate Release December 4, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has issued a Request for Proposals for development of a Fishery Ecosystem Plan. The Council is seeking a qualified contractor to design and execute the development of a full Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) to support ecosystem-based fishery management in the Gulf…

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New South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico For-Hire Electronic Reporting Requirements Begin January 2021

The following NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: New South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico For-Hire Electronic Reporting Requirements Begin January 2021 Educational materials are on their way to all permit holders and are available online NOAA Fisheries and the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils are implementing the new…

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Gulf Council to Host Webinar Public Hearing on Status Determination Criteria and Optimum Yield for Reef Fish Stocks and Red Drum

Meeting Notice November 9, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a public hearing via webinar on proposed Reef Fish Amendment 48 and Red Drum Amendment 5. The webinar will be held on November 17, 2020 beginning at 6:00 PM EST. Register for the webinar here. The Council must define maximum sustainable…

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October Council Update

For Immediate Release October 30, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met virtually on October 26-28, 2020. The Council began by populating its Council Committee Roster for October 2020 – August 2021. The meeting agenda was modified to allow Council members, fishermen, and the broader stakeholder community time to prepare for the…

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Gulf Council Meeting and Opportunities for Public Engagement Impacted by Anticipated Landfall of Tropical Storm Zeta

For Immediate Release October 27, 2020   This week’s Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting will be modified to allow our Council, fishermen, and broader stakeholder community time to prepare for the anticipated landfall of tropical storm Zeta.   The Council plans to work late on Tuesday, October 27 to complete modified Council Committee…

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October Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar October 26-29, 2020. The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting material are available on the Council Meeting Webpage.You will be able to join the webinar at this link during the meeting.  Public testimony will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 1:00 –…

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Gulf Council and NOAA Fisheries Will Host a Virtual Question and Answer Session with the Public

For Immediate Release October 23, 2020 The Gulf Council Chairman, Dr. Tom Frazer; Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries, Dr. Roy Crabtree; Director of the Southeast Regional Science Center, Dr. Clay Porch; and Sustainable Fisheries Division Director for the Regional Science Center, Dr.Shannon Cass-Calay will be answering questions from the public. The session will begin at…

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September Council Update

For Immediate ReleaseOctober 6, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met virtually from September 28-30, 2020. The Council reappointed three returning Council members for another 3-year term: Mr. Phil Dyskow from Florida; Dr. Bob Shipp from Alabama; and Dr. Greg Stunz from Texas. The Council also re-elected Dr. Tom Frazer as Chairman and…

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September Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar September 28-30, 2020. This meeting is being held to replace the regularly scheduled August Council meeting which was cancelled because two hurricanes developed in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting materials are available on the Council Meeting Webpage. You…

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$530 Million Available to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Affected by Tariffs

This NOAA Fish News is provided as a courtesy: SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 $530 Million Available to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Affected by Tariffs The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it is making approximately $530 million available to assist U.S. fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs through the Seafood Trade Relief Program. This program is…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet September 14-16, 2020

Meeting Notice August 28, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees will meet via webinar September 14 – 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, EDT each day.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following: King Mackerel: An…

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The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils Convene the Joint Council Workgroup on Section 102:  Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018

Meeting Notice August 27, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene a joint workgroup to address Section 102:  Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018.  This section of the Act expands the range of management mechanisms for the recreational sector and provides additional flexibility…

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August Council Meeting Preview

  The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet by webinar August 24-28, 2020. The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting material are available on the Council Meeting Webpage.   You will be able to join the webinar at this link during the meeting. Public testimony will be held on Thursday beginning at 1:20…

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Gulf Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet via Webinar to Review the State and Federal Private Recreational Red Snapper Data Calibrations

Meeting Notice July 27, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees will meet via webinar. The meeting will be held from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, EDT on Tuesday, August 11, 2020; and from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, EDT on Wednesday, August…

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The United States International Trade Commission Holds a Virtual Public Hearing on Seafood Obtained via Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: U.S. Imports and Economic Impact on U.S. Commercial Fisheries

This content is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers: For Immediate Release July 23, 2020 The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating the extent to which imports of seafood products obtained via illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing impact the U.S. commercial fishing industry. Information about the ongoing investigation can be found here.   A virtual…

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Gulf Council to Host a Meeting of Scientific and Statistical Committee Via Webinar

Meeting Notice July 8, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committee (Gulf SSC) will meet via webinar from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, EDT July 21-23, 2020.   On July 21, the South Atlantic Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee will meet jointly…

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The Council Asks for Recommendations on Ways to Reduce Burdens on Domestic Fishing

For Immediate Release July 7, 2020 The President of the United States recently signed an Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The Executive Order aims to improve the competitiveness of our domestic seafood industry, put more Americans to work, and place more sustainably sourced and safe-to-eat seafood products on our families’…

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June 2020 Council Update

For Immediate Release June 24, 2020     The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met virtually June 15 – 18, 2020.  The following is a brief overview of what was accomplished.   Fishing Access and Possession Allowances in Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Marine Protected Areas The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final…

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Gulf Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees Will Meet to Review the Marine Recreational Information Program – Fishing Effort Survey

Meeting Notice June 23, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a two-day workshop via webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held from 8:30 – 5:30 PM EDT on July 8 and 9, 2020. The Scientific and Statistical Committees…

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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Recommends Prohibiting Trolling and Possession of Reef Fish Year-Round in Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Marine Protected Areas

For Immediate Release June 18, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a framework action that considers modifying surface trolling provisions and possession allowances in the Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  The Council recommends prohibiting all fishing year-round in both Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps.  The Council…

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June Council Meeting Preview

June Council Meeting Preview The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet June 15-18, 2020 by webinar. The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting materials will be posted as they become available on the Council Meeting’s webpage. Information on how to register for the webinar will also be posted as it becomes available. Public testimony will…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ask for Input on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Fisheries and Management

For Immediate Release May 22, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council would like to gain a better understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted fishing and fishing communities. At its June 2020 meeting, the Council plans to discuss impacts of COVID-19 and may consider management changes to ease those impacts.  …

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Summary of Joint Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Workgroup on Section 102: Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018

For Immediate Release May 20, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils convened a joint workgroup to address Section 102:  Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018.  The Joint Workgroup was comprised of Council members from the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, and…

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Gulf Council to Hold a Webinar Meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees

Meeting Notice May 13, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees will convene via webinar from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Monday, June 1, 2020.  The Committees will focus on reviewing SEDAR 67, the Gulf of Mexico Vermillion Snapper Stock Assessment.  It will…

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The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils to Convene the Joint Council Workgroup on Section 102:  Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018

Meeting Notice April 23, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene a joint workgroup to address Section 102:  Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018.  This meeting will be held via webinar on Monday, May 18, 2020, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM…

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Council to Hold a Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Workshop with its Scientific and Statistical Committees

Meeting Notice March 30, 2020   The Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees will meet to discuss the MRIP Fishing Effort Survey and its calibration to historical catch and effort data. This meeting, originally planned for April 14-15, 2020, was rescheduled due to concerns about COVID-19 virus and travel restrictions.…

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Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees To Meet Via Webinar

Meeting Notice February 25, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting via webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). The webinar  will convene on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., EST. The SSC will address the following: Review…

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January 2020 Council Update

For Immediate Release February 6, 2010   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met January 27-30, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions:   Ad Hoc Private Red Snapper Recreational Advisory Panel The Ad Hoc Private Recreational Red Snapper Advisory Panel was created in 2016 to…

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Coastal Migratory Pelagics and Red Drum Advisory Panels

For Immediate Release February 5, 2020   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) is accepting applications for membership on the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Advisory Panel and the Red Drum 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…

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August Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 12-15, 2019. As always, we would love to have you join us in person, but if that’s not practical you’re welcome to tune in via webinar. Public comment will take place on Wednesday, August…

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Recreational Data Collection

Data collected from recreational anglers plays an important role in determining the health of fish stocks. Harvest, especially as it relates to fishing effort, can help fisheries scientists identify trends in fish populations over time. These fisheries-dependent data are also used to predict future fishing behavior as fishing seasons are set based on past trends…

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June Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet the first week in June at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida.  The meeting will be held June 3 – June 6 in the Bayside Ballroom. You’re welcome to join us in person or watch a live broadcast of the meeting. Public…

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August Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next week, August 20-23, at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas, to make some important fishery management decisions. You’re welcome to join us in person or you can watch a live broadcast of the meeting.  Public comment will be held Wednesday August 22nd, from 1:30…

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January 2018 Council Update

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met January 29-February 1, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here is a summary of some of the issues that were discussed: Spiny Lobster The Council reviewed the draft Options Paper for Spiny Lobster Amendment 13, which considers making federal regulations for commercial spiny lobster bully netting consistent with…

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April 2016 Council Meeting Preview

Photo: Joseph Cawthon The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin, Texas to discuss some important decisions for our Gulf of Mexico fisheries. One of the hottest topics on the agenda is a presentation from National Marine Fisheries Service on this year’s recreational red snapper season projection. …

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Meet the Council: Chair Leann Bosarge

Members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council make incredibly important decisions about our fishery by balancing their own experience and expertise with input they receive from the public. Each member of the Council is appointed because of their intimate understanding of some aspect of the fishery. Leann Bosarge is no exception. Leann Bosarge,…

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2016’s Most Wanted Fish

Photo: Glen Balinger We’ve taken another trip around the sun. The most distinctive feature of the new year for federal fisheries management is that we start fresh; our annual catch limits reset and we begin harvesting anew. As of 12:01 AM January 1, zero pounds of fish were harvested and our 2016 annual catch limits…

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Gulf Council Research and Monitoring Priorities 2015 – 2019

The science that informs fishery management is incredibly complicated, and the management decisions that are made using that science can be controversial. While the members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are knowledgeable about specific aspects of the harvest, conservation, or business of Gulf fisheries, they’re not always scientists – but they don’t have…

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Council Seeks New Advisors

Ever want to give the Gulf Council some advice? Not take a long walk off a short pier kind of advice but actually directly sharing your knowledge of the fishery with the Council.  Would you be interested in reviewing  documents and making suggestions before Council votes on anything? Would you be interested in lending your…

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