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May 21, 2021


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold three in-person public hearings and two webinars to solicit public comments on Draft Reef Fish Amendment 53 – Red Grouper Allocations and Annual Catch Levels and Targets. The Council is obligated to act on the results of the most recent red grouper stock assessment (SEDAR 61 2019) to ensure that management measures, including the overfishing limit, acceptable biological catch, annual catch limits, annual catch targets, and allocations are based on the best scientific information available.


The public hearings will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude no later than 9:00 PM, local time. In-person attendees will be required to follow the most up to date COVID-19 protocols determined by the Centers for Disease Control and local and state guidelines. Dates and locations are as follows:



In-Person Hearings

Monday, June 7, 2021
Madeira Beach, FL

Madeira Beach City Hall in The City Centre

300 Municipal Drive

Madeira Beach, FL  33708


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Ft. Myers, FL

Crowne Plaza Ft. Myers at Bell Tower Shops

13051 Bell Tower Drive

Ft. Myers, FL  33907


Monday, June 14, 2021

Panama City, FL

Hilton Garden Inn

1101 U.S. Highway 231

Panama City, FL  70808


Virtual Hearings

Thursday June 10, 2021


Register for Webinar


Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Register for Webinar


To view the document and supplemental materials, or to submit comments, follow the links below:


Amendment 53: Red Grouper Allocations and Catch Limits

Public Hearing Guide

Public Hearing Video

Submit Comments Online

Email Comments

Read Comments


Written public comments must be received by 5:00 PM on June 15, 2021. If you have any questions, email our Council offices at [email protected]