November 23, 2021
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a hybrid virtual and in-person meeting of its Ecosystem Technical Committee Meeting on December 14-15, 2021. The meeting will convene from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST on December 14, 2021 and from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST on December 15, 2021. The meeting will be held at our Gulf Council offices located at 4107 W. Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607. The meeting will be broadcast via webinar and anyone who prefers not to travel at this time can attend virtually.
Technical Committees are special advisory panels made up of academics, agency, and industry personnel with expertise in relevant subject matter that can advise and assist the Council by reviewing relevant subject matter and providing recommendations. The mission of the Ecosystem Technical Committee is to incorporate ecological interactions into stock assessments and management goals based on objectives set forth by the Council. The Ecosystem Technical Committee is working with Council staff to support the development of the Council’s ecosystem-based fishery management plan to accommodate regional needs in the Gulf of Mexico while considering the existing National Ecosystem Plan and Regional Ecosystem Roadmap guiding principles.
During the meeting, the Technical Committee will receive information from the contractor hired to develop a Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) for the Gulf of Mexico. Discussion topics include case studies and lessons learned from other FEP efforts, stakeholder assessment and concept mapping, indicator development, a proposed structure for the FEP and Red Tide Ecosystem modeling.
Public comment will be held over the webinar before the meeting adjourns.
Register for the webinar here.