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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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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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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$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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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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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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