The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet April 3-6, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Winfrey Hotel, located at 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, Alabama 35244. The meeting will convene on the following days and local times:
- Closed Session from 8:30 – 10:30 on Monday
- Council Committees meet 10:30 – 5:30 on Monday
- Council Committees meet 8:30 – 5:00 on Tuesday
- Council Committees meet 8:30 – 10:15 on Wednesday
- Full Council meets 10:15 – 5:00 on Wednesday
- Full Council meets 8:30 – 4:00 on Thursday
The Committee and Council Agenda are posted on the Council website and meeting materials will be posted as they become available.
Public testimony is scheduled on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to taking general comments, testimony will be taken on the following issues:
- Final Action on Reef Fish Amendment 46 – Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan
- Final Action on Reef Fish Amendment 36A – Modifications to the Commercial Individual Fishng Quota Programs
- Final Action on Shrimp Amendment 17B – Yield, Threshold Number of Permits, and Transit Providions,
- Final Action on Framework Action – Modify Mutton Snapper ACL and Management Measuers and the Commercial Gag Minimum Size Limit
- Final Action on Framework Action – Increase Greater Amberjack Annual Catch Limits
Written comments submitted on these issues by March 28, 2017 will be summarized and presented to Full Council before final action is taken. Visit the scoping through implementation page of our website to submit your comments or email your comments to [email protected].
Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. Register for the webinar.
About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.
Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues:
Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit your own. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days.
There is also a thermometer for each issue that lets you know where the Council is in the process for that particular amendment, whether it’s the scoping phase, final action, or implementation.