Regulations

Un-designation of a Portion of Public Oyster Seed Grounds Finalized

oyster boats at dock

A rule to un-designate a portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River has been finalized by publication in the Louisiana State Register. This action will not become effective until the first lottery phase of the oyster moratorium lifting process commences. Lifting the long-standing oyster lease…

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June Council Update

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met last week in Destin, Florida. The following is a brief overview of what was accomplished:  Data Collection Advisory Panel The Council populated its Data Collection Advisory Panel (AP) and created its charge. The charge is “To review and evaluate data collection and…

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Gulf Council Suggests Modifications to Red Grouper ACL and ACT

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At its meeting this week in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action to modify the red grouper annual catch limits and annual catch targets. The Council chose to set the red grouper annual catch limits and annual catch targets based on landings from the…

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2019 Red Snapper For-Hire Season Announced

Thu Bui holding caught red snapper

WHAT/WHEN: The 2019 red snapper fishing season for federally permitted for-hire vessels is 62 days in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Season dates are: Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels: June 1, 2019, 12:01 a.m., local time, until August 2, 2019, at 12:01 a.m., local time. Private Anglers Note:  The…

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New Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper and Hogfish Catch Limits

image of hogfish swimming by Andrew David

KEY MESSAGE: NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to increase the commercial and recreational annual catch limits and recreational annual catch targets for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, as well as reduce the stock annual catch limit for west Florida hogfish, based on recent stock assessments. WHEN THE RULE WILL…

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