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 The Gulf Council will hold a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico to collect public comments on two proposed actions:

  • Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 
  • Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements for Yellowtail Snapper


CMP Amendment 26
This amendment considers changes in allocations, stock boundaries, and sale provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory groups of king mackerel.

Public Hearing Schedule:
Mon, February 22, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn
6717 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Hilton Garden Inn
2703 Denny Avenue
Pascagoula, MS  39567

Tues, February 23, 2016
Holiday Inn Express
2440 Gulf Freeway
Texas City, TX 77591

Hilton Garden Inn
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561

All in-person meetings begin at 6:00 pm local time and end no later than 9:00 pm local time. Webinars begin at 6:00 pm Eastern Time.
Wed, February 24, 2016
Hilton New Orleans Airport
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062

Destin Community Center
101 Stahlman Ave.
Destin, FL 32541

Mon, February 29, 2016
Harvey Government Center
1200 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

Wed, March 2, 2016
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240

Thurs, March 3, 2016

Yellowtail Snapper Framework Action
This framework action will address inconsistencies between Gulf and South Atlantic Councils' circle hook requirements for yellowtail snapper commercial fishing in Gulf waters and increase the operational efficiency of the commercial yellowtail snapper fishery. 

Public Hearing Schedule:
Tues, March 1, 2016
Harvey Government Center
1200 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

Meetings begin at 6:00 pm local time and end no later than 9:00 pm local time. 

Wed, March 2, 2016
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240

Public Hearing Guides and online comment forms will be posted at
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.
You can also find information on our Facebook page, blog, and YouTube channel.

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