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Second Release
February 24, 2022




The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for membership on its Coral, Data Collection, and Spiny Lobster Advisory Panels.

Advisory Panels are charged with advising the Council on specific fishery issues. Advisory Panels are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery resources, or who are engaged in the harvest of Gulf of Mexico managed species.  Membership provides individuals with an opportunity to become more directly involved in the management decision-making process.

Advisory Panel members are appointed by the Council and will serve a three-year term. Advisory Panel members generally meet once or twice per year and are compensated for travel and per diem expenses.  No person may serve on more than two Advisory Panels at any one time. However, membership on an Ad Hoc Advisory Panel does not count towards this limitation.

If you are currently a member of the Coral, Data Collection, or Spiny Lobster Advisory Panels you must re-apply at this time to be considered for continued membership.

To apply for the Coral Advisory Panel, complete the online application at:

To apply for the Data Collection Advisory Panel, complete the online application at:

To apply for the Spiny Lobster Advisory Panel, complete the online application at:

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST on March 11, 2022, for consideration by the Council during its April 4-7, 2022 meeting.  Selected applicants will be subject to background checks for federal fishing violations after the April meeting and final selections will be confirmed at the June 21-24, 2022 Council meeting. All applicants will be notified of their application status immediately following the June Council meeting.

If you have any questions, please call the Council office at 813-348-1630.