Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Meet in Mobile, Alabama
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet February 5 - 8, 2013, at the Marriott Mobile, 3101 Airport Boulevard in Mobile, Alabama. The full Council will convene at 10:30 am Thursday and is expected to adjourn by 3:45 pm Friday. Agenda highlights are summarized below. Committee meetings will open Wednesday with the Reef Fish Management Committee to review a scoping document for Amendment 28 - Red Snapper Allocations. The Committee is also slated to take final action on a Framework Action to address Vermilion Snapper and Yellowtail Snapper ACL, and the Venting Tool Requirement.
The Committee will also:
Discuss a For-hire Days-at-Sea Pilot Program Review comments received on a scoping document for Amendment 39 - Regional Management of Recreational Red Snapper
Receive a summary from the Socioeconomic SSC Meeting held in January
Discuss issues addressed during the January 7 - 8, 2013, Special Reef Fish Committee Meeting which include: Draft 2013 Red Snapper Framework Action
Red Snapper Allocation
Red Snapper IFQ 5-Year Review
Red Snapper Regional Management Issues
Review Exempted Fishing Permits related to reef fish (if any).
We are in the scoping phase, where the Gulf council reviews comments from public re: Fed vs. State Management. Then Gulf Council will make a recommendation to the NMFS who will likely keep control over the fishery, so nothing new except a 27 day season and possibly less fish.
This post was edited on 1/30 at 12:47 pm