For Immediate Release
February 2, 2023
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on an abbreviated framework action to modify for-hire trip declaration requirements. Vessels with federal charter vessel/headboat permits for Reef Fish and/or Coastal Migratory Pelagics are currently required to submit a trip declaration (hail-out) anytime the vessel moves on the water. The Council considered feedback from stakeholders and chose to require federally permitted vessels to only submit trip declarations for trips that will be engaging in any type of fishing or chartered activity.
The framework action will be transmitted to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and implementation as soon as practicable.