Gulf Council to Meet in New Orleans, Louisiana


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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet January 30 – February 2, 2017 at the Astor Crowne Plaza hotel, located at 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and recess at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the meeting will resume at 8:00 a.m., the Full Council will convene mid-morning (approximately 10:45 a.m), and the meeting will recess at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday and adjorn at 4:30 p.m.

The Committee and Council Agendas are posted on the Council website at Meeting materials will be posted as they become available.

Public testimony is scheduled on Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to taking general comments, testimony will be taken on the following issues:

  • Final Action on the Generic Amendment to Require Electronic Reporting for For-Hire Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Final Action on Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 29: King Mackerel Allocation Sharing and Recreational Accountability Measures
  • Final Action on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements


Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. Register for the webinar here.

The Council will host a Post Council Wrap-Up Webinar to review the Council meeting. Join us at 6:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, February 8, for a quick presentation followed by a question and answer session. Register for the webinar here.

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 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.