Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Commercial Gillnet Harvest of King Mackerel in Federal Waters of the GOM Southern Zone Closed February 8

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WHAT/WHEN: Commercial gillnet harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone closed at 12 p.m., (local time) on February 8, 2019. Commercial gillnet harvest will reopen at 6:00 a.m., (local time) on January 21, 2020. WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING: The 2018/2019 commercial gillnet…

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Gulf Council August Update

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Corpus Christi, Texas, August 20-23, 2018. The Council elected Dr. Tom Frazier as its Chair and Dale Diaz as its Vice Chair. The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions: Coral This week, the Council took final action on…

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Final Rule to Modify GOM Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

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NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial and recreational mutton snapper and commercial gag management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. The rule will: Modify the annual catch limit for mutton snapper Remove the annual catch target Decrease the mutton snapper recreational bag limit Increase the mutton snapper commercial…

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NOAA Requests Landing Locations for Commercially Permitted Reef Fish Vessels

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In May 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved new requirements to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. One change will require all reef fish permit holders to land at locations pre-approved by NOAA Fisheries Service’s Office of Law…

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Vermillion Snapper Annual Catch Limit Reduced

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KEY MESSAGE:  NOAA Fisheries announces a reduction to the annual catch limit for vermilion snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf).  The annual catch limit is the maximum amount of vermilion snapper that can be landed each year.  NOAA Fisheries is also specifying a proxy for the maximum sustainable yield,…

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2018 Recreational-For-Hire Red Snapper Season Announced

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WHAT/WHEN: NOAA Fisheries has issued exempted fishing permits, which allow each Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) state to set their own season for the red snapper private angling component in state and federal waters during 2018 and 2019. The 2018 fishing season for the federally permitted for-hire component will be 51…

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