Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Quota and 2013 Federal Recreational Season
NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper. The rule sets the 2013 quotas for commercial and recreational red snapper harvest. The agency is increasing the quota because the population is growing. The red snapper overall quota will increase from the 2012 8.080 million pounds whole weight to 8.460 pounds whole weight for 2013. Recreational seasons will differ among the Gulf States.
Alabama’s and Mississippi’s season length increased six days from 28 to a total of 34 days beginning at 12:01 a.m. June 1 and ending at one minute past midnight on July 5.
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Gulf Amberjack Closes in State and Federal Waters
The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters closes June 1. Greater amberjack will reopen for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters Aug. 1.
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Comprehensive Plan
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council releases Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy Council also names Executive Director to lead planning and implementation efforts
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council marked significant progress today with the public release of the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy and accompanying Draft Environmental Assessment for formal public comment. The Draft Plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way that restores, protects, and revitalizes the Gulf Coast region following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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Webinar Meeting Amendment 20
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s CMP Advisory Panel will meet via webinar begining 10:00 am Wednesday, June 12, 2013, and concluding no later than 11:30 a.m.
The Advisory Panel will review materials related to the development and selection of preferred alternatives for Action 6 of Draft Amendment 20 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan. For more information please click below;