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Gulf Council to Meet in Clearwater, Florida
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 17:46:01 EDT

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet June 20 - 24, 2016, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. Committee meetings will convene Monday at 8:30 am, concluding at noon Wednesday. The full Council will convene Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1:15 pm. The Council is expected to adjourn by 11:30 am Friday.

The Committees & Council Agenda is posted on the Council web site and meeting materials will be posted as they become available.
Public comment is scheduled Wednesday from 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Testimony will be taken on the following:

    Final Action - Reef Fish Amendment 43: Hogfish Stock Definition, Status Determination Criteria, Annual Catch Limit, and Minimum Size Limit
    Final Action - Reef Fish Amendment 45: Extend or Eliminate the Sector Separation Sunset Provision
    Open testimony on any other fishery issues or concerns

Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. To register, visit or call 888-833-1844.
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.
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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.