The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet January 11 – 13, 2022

Meeting Notice December 27, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a three-day hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) of its Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held from 9:00 – 5:00 EST on January 11 – 13, 2022. The meeting will be held…

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Final Rule to Increase Lane Snapper Catch Limits and Modify the Accountability Measure in the Gulf of Mexico; Reopening of the 2021 Commercial and Recreational Lane Snapper Season

The following Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for lane snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). This rule: Opens lane snapper commercial and recreational fishing, effective at 12:01 am on December 23, for the remainder of 2021. Increases the annual catch limit for lane snapper,…

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Gulf Council Extends Deadline:  Request for Proposals to Address Expanded Sampling of the Fleet for Effort Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Industry

  For Immediate Release December 1, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) seeks a highly-qualified contractor to organize and expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry.  The current Gulf of Mexico electronic logbook (ELB) program that utilized a 3G cellular network to transmit…

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Individual Fishing Quota Program Focus Group

For Immediate Release November 19, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking applicants for its Individual Fishing Quota Program (IFQ) Focus Group. The Focus Group will be tasked with reviewing the current IFQ programs’ goals and objectives, and to recommend their replacement or retention. The focus group is also expected to…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet November 18, 2021

Meeting Notice November 1, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a one-day hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) of its Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held from 8:30 – 5:00 EST on November 18, 2021. The meeting will be held at the…

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NOAA Fisheries Delays Implementation of the Vessel Monitoring System Reporting Requirements for Gulf of Mexico Federally Permitted Charter and Headboat Vessels – New Implementation Date: March 1, 2022

This message is provided as a courtesy: ISSUE DATE: October 29, 2021                                                                                     FB21-078 CONTACT: Rich Malinowski (727)…

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NOAA Announces Survey Participation Requirement for Gulf of Mexico Federal For-Hire Permit Holders as Part of The Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting Program

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: As part of the Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting (SEFHIER) program, NOAA Fisheries is implementing an independent, dockside intercept survey called the SEFHIER Validation Survey.  Vessels with federal for-hire permits for Gulf Reef Fish or Gulf Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fish are required to participate…

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Gulf Council Recommends New Cobia Catch Limits and Management Measures

For Immediate Release October 28, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 32: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure. Cobia is jointly managed with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and all of…

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In-Person and Virtual Participation Instructions for the October 2021 Council Meeting

For Immediate Release October 22, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico fishery Management Council will hold a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting next week, October 25-28, 2021. The meeting will be held at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. You can also join the meeting by webinar.   The public will have three opportunities to interact…

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Gulf Council to Host Special In-Person and Virtual Question and Answer Session on Southeast For-Hire Reporting Requirements

Meeting Notice October 19, 2021 The Gulf Council and NOAA Fisheries will host a virtual and in-person question and answer session to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions about Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting Requirements (SEFHIER). Captains on vessels with federal charter/headboat permits are required to make a trip declaration each time…

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Reduction in the 2021/2022 Commercial Gillnet Quota for Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone King Mackerel

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: The 2021/2022 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) commercial quota for the king mackerel gillnet component is 563,480 pounds (lbs). The use of run-around gillnets for king mackerel is restricted to the Gulf southern zone (see map below). The commercial harvest reduction is effective with the start…

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Reopening of the 2021 Federal Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational For-Hire Season

The following Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: The 2021 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) red snapper fishing season in federal waters for vessels with federal for-hire (charter/headboat) reef fish permits was 63 days (opened June 1, 2021 and closed August 3, 2021). Based on updated landings data, NOAA Fisheries determined that the red…

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Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Lane Snapper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on October 18, 2021

The following fishery bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Commercial and recreational harvest of lane snapper in Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 18, 2021. Commercial and recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022 Why This Closure is Happening:…

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Gulf Council Convenes a Virtual Meeting of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee

For Immediate Release September 23, 2021     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 October 12, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.   The Committee will address…

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Gulf Council to Host Informational Webinar Sessions with For-Hire Fishermen and Vessel Monitoring System Vendors

Meeting Notice September 21, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host two informational webinars designed to give federal charter/headboat permit holders and for-hire captains the opportunity to compare Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) options approved for the Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting (SEFHIER) Program and ask vendors questions about the units.  …

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Gulf Council to Hold In-Person and Virtual Public Hearings on Cobia

For Immediate Release September 17, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold eight in-person public hearings and one webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 32: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Catch Limits, Possession Limits, Size Limits, and Framework Procedure.   Amendment 32…

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Commercial and Recreational Closure of Blackfin Snapper, Queen Snapper, Silk Snapper, and Wenchman in Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Commercial and recreational harvest of mid-water snapper in Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) federal waters will close at 12:01 am, local time, on September 18, 2021. The mid-water snapper complex consists of blackfin snapper, queen snapper, silk snapper and wenchmen. Commercial and recreational harvest will reopen…

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Final Rule to Implement Modifications to Vessel Monitoring System Reporting Requirements for Gulf Federally Permitted Charter and Headboat Vessels

This message is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule that will establish Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) reporting requirements for Charter and Headboat Vessels with Gulf reef fish and Gulf coastal migratory pelagic federal permits. When the Rule Will Take Effect: Regulations will be effective December 13, 2021. What This…

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NOAA Offers Online Workshop for Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program Participants

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries invites all Individual Fishing Quota program (IFQ) participants to attend a virtual workshop, including brief presentations followed by Q&A sessions. For further information, IFQ participants can contact Catch Share Support at (866) 425-7627 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time…

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NOAA Announces Recreational Closure of Gray Triggerfish and Red Grouper in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico

This NOAA Fishery Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: What/When: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish and red grouper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on September 15, 2021. Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will reopen March 1, 2022, following the 2022 January and February seasonal…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Reef Fish Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet September 27-30, 2021

Meeting Notice September 9, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a four-day hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) of its Standing, Reef Fish, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs). The meeting will be held on from 8:30 – 5:00 EDT on September 27-30, 2021, at the Council Office located…

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NOAA Offers Online Webinars for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish and Coastal Migratory Pelagic For-Hire Permit Holders

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: NOAA Offers Online Webinars for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish and Coastal Migratory Pelagic For-Hire Permit Holders Topic: Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting Program Vessel Monitoring System Requirements Key Message: NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office is in the process of implementing Phase 2 of the Southeast…

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2020 Law Enforcement Officer/Team of the Year Awarded to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Marine Tactical Operations Group

For Immediate Release August 25, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2020 Law Enforcement Officer/Team of the Year award to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Division of Law Enforcement Marine Tactical Operations Group. The Council’s Team/Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service,…

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Gulf Council Requests Proposals to Address Expanded Sampling of the Fleet for Effort Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Industry

For Immediate Release July 15th, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) seeks a highly-qualified contractor to organize and expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry.  The current Gulf of Mexico electronic logbook (ELB) program that utilized a 3G cellular network to transmit data…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Standing, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet August 9-11, 2021

Meeting Notice July 20, 2021     The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a three-day hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) of its Standing, Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held on from 8:30 – 5:00 EDT on August 9-11, 2021, at the Council Office located at 4107…

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Gulf Council Requests Proposals to Address Expanded Sampling of the Fleet for Effort Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Industry

For Immediate Release July 15, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) seeks a highly-qualified contractor to organize and expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry.  The current Gulf of Mexico electronic logbook (ELB) program that utilized a 3G cellular network to transmit data is…

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Gulf Council Continues to Seek Applicants for its Special Coral, Special Mackerel, and Special Shrimp Scientific and Statistical Committees

For Immediate Release July 2, 2021    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) continues to seek applicants for its Special Coral, Special Mackerel, and Special Shrimp Statistical Committees (SSC).   The Council has one standing and eight special Scientific and Statistical Committees comprised of individuals who have expertise in stock assessment or quantitative…

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Gulf Council Solicits Proposals for Conducting an Expanded Sampling and Ageing Study on Gulf of Mexico Gray Triggerfish

For Immediate Release July 2, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has issued a Request for Proposals for a qualified contractor to organize and conduct an ageing study on Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus to reconcile ageing differences in hard parts (i.e., otoliths versus dorsal spines).  The contractor is tasked with…

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Gulf Council Seeks Information from Fishermen and Divers on the Condition of Coral Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico

For Immediate Release July 1, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program would like your input on the condition of Coral Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Coral communities and habitats are an incredibly important part of the ocean ecosystem that we rely upon for sustainable fisheries.…

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Commerce Department Announces Council Appointments

For Immediate Release June 29, 2021   The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the appointment of 31 members to the regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage marine fishery resources. Established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, councils are responsible for developing region-specific fishery management plans that safeguard and enhance the nation’s fisheries…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes to the Cellular Electronic Logbook Program for Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Moratorium Permit Holders

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: NOAA Fisheries is working to improve the quality of information available for the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery.  This bulletin provides federal shrimp permit holders with an overview of the new changes occurring with the Cellular Electronic Logbook Program. Having appropriate and current data…

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NOAA Fisheries Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Account Set-Up and Reporting : For Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic/Atlantic Federal Charter and Headboat Permits

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: Key Message: This is a reminder: fishermen with Federal Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic/Atlantic For-Hire charter/headboat permits are required to comply with the Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting program.  Fishermen with these permits are required to create an account and begin reporting electronically through one of…

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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

For Immediate Release May 20, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene their joint workgroup to address Section 102: Fishery Management Measures of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act). This section of the Modern Fish Act expands the range of management mechanisms for…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Additional For-Hire Electronic Reporting Webinars

This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: The Monthly Webinars will Assist Fishermen with the Southeast For-Hire Electronic Reporting Requirements Key Message: NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office will host monthly question and answer webinar sessions to assist participants with program information and compliance. When: The webinars are scheduled for the following dates and…

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Scientific and Statistical Committees -Deadline Extended-

For Immediate Release April 26, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking applicants for its Standing and Special Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). Current members must reapply to be considered for future membership. The Council has one standing and eight special Scientific and Statistical Committees comprised of individuals who have expertise…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees to Meet May 3-5, 2021

Meeting Notice April 19, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a three-day webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp, and Socioeconomic, and Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committees. The meeting will be held May 3-5, 2021.   The Scientific and Statistical Committees will address the following: Management Considerations for Using…

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Gulf Council Recommends Increasing 2021 Red Snapper Catch Limits and Calibrating Recreational Landings Beginning in 2023

For Immediate Release April 15, 2021   The Council chose to increase the 2021 red snapper overfishing limit (OFL) to 25,600,000 pounds whole weight, and the 2021 acceptable biological catch (ABC) to 15,400,000 pounds whole weight, as recommended by the Scientific and Statical Committee (SSC). The revised 2021 red snapper catch limits are as follows:…

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Scientific and Statistical Committees

For Immediate Release April 5, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking applicants for its Standing and Special Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). Current members must reapply to be considered for future membership. The Council has one standing and eight special Scientific and Statistical Committees comprised of individuals who have expertise…

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Commercial Hook-and-Line Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone Will Reopen on April 4, 2021 and Close on April 9, 2021

The following NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: WHAT/WHEN: Commercial hook-and-line harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone (depicted in map below) will reopen for five days in April 2021.  Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on April 4, 2021, and close at 12:01…

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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Delay in the Effective Date for the Final Rule to Require Turtle Excluder Device Use for all Skimmer Trawl Vessels 40 Feet and Greater in Length

The following is provided as a courtesy:  KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries is delaying the effective date of the final rule amending the definition of tow time and requiring the use of TEDs designed to exclude small sea turtles in their nets in skimmer trawls 40 feet in length and greater in the Southeastern U.S. shrimp…

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It’s Official – The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Adds 14 Additional Reefs

s The 14 additional reefs and banks are officially part of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). As of March 22, 2021, FGBNMS encompasses 17 reefs and banks located approximately 80-125 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. These banks are a combination of small underwater mountains, ridges, troughs, and hard-bottom patches. The…

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NOAA Seeking Input to Make Fisheries and Aquaculture More Resilient to Climate Change

This NOAA update is provided as a courtesy:  NOAA is collecting information in response to Section 216(c) of the Executive Order on tackling the climate crisis. NOAA is seeking public input in response to an Executive Order issued on January 27, 2021, titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Section 216(c) of the Executive Order Directs…

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee will Meet to Review Red Snapper Science

Meeting Notice March 17, 2021   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a four-day webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). The meeting will be held March 30 – April 2, 2021.   Along with three external independent reviewers, the SSC will begin by hearing…

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The Gulf Council Recommends Increasing Gray Triggerfish and Lane Snapper Catch Limits

For Immediate Release January 28, 2021 Lane Snapper The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a framework action to increase the lane snapper catch limits and modify the fishing season closure accountability measure. The most recent update assessment of lane snapper used catch and effort data from the Marine Recreational Information…

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Gulf Council Recommends Status Determination Criteria for Reef Fish Stocks and Red Drum

For Immediate Release December 1, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on Reef Fish Amendment 48/Red Drum Amendment 5 which considers defining maximum sustainable yield (MSY), a maximum fishing mortality threshold (MFMT), a minimum stock size threshold (MSST), and an optimum yield (OY) for all managed stocks. These reference points are…

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Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Presented to Sergeant Scott Dupre of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

For Immediate Release January 27, 2021 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2019 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Sergeant Scott Dupre of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division. The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished…

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The Public Will Have Two Opportunities to Interact with Fishery Management Leadership During the January 25-28, 2021 Council Meeting

For Immediate Release January 21, 2020 The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets January 25-28, 2021 by webinar. The Council is scheduled to take final action on four items at this meeting: Reef Fish Amendment 48/Red Drum Amendment 5 – Status Determination Criteria and Optimum Yield for Reef Fish and Red Drum Framework Action…

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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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