Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to Meet in Corpus Christi, Texas
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council press release
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet April 16 – 19, 2012, at the Omni Bayfront
Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Council Committees will begin meeting Monday at 1:00 p.m. and will
meet through noon Thursday. The full Council will convene at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, and is expected to
adjourn by 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Agenda highlights are summarized below. For a copy of the detailed
agenda or to review briefing book materials, please visit the Council web site at www.gulfcouncil.org or
Committee meetings Monday include the SSC Selection Committee, Budget/Personnel Committee,
Outreach and Education, and the Artificial Reef Committee.
The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet all day Tuesday to review and discuss the following:
Update of the Red Snapper 5-Year IFQ Review
Scoping Documents for Amendment 28 – Grouper Allocation, and Amendment 33 – Limited
Access Privilege Program
Final Action on Amendment 35 – Greater Amberjack
Scoping Document for Red Snapper Provisions for Overage Adjustments
Interim Rule on Gray Triggerfish Annual Catch Limit & In-Season Closure Authority
Draft Options Paper for Amendment 37 – Gray Triggerfish Management Measures
Framework Action on Contractual Services for the For-Hire Sector
Options Paper for Amendment 38 – Revise Post-Season Recreational Accountability Measures
for Shallow-water Grouper
Summary of the Goliath Grouper Workgroup Meeting
Pilot Studies Design for Headboat IFQ and Days at Sea
Immediately following the Committee recess Tuesday, the Council and NOAA Fisheries will hold an
informal Question and Answer session on general fishery management issues.
The Coral Management Committee will convene Wednesday morning to review a report from the Special
Coral Scientific & Statistical Committee, followed by the Data Collection Committee, who will review the
Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Calibration Workshops summary and discuss a Generic
Amendment for Dealer Permit/Electronic Logbook Reporting Requirements. The Committee will also
receive an update on Electronic Reporting for head boats and charter boats.
Later in the morning, the Mackerel Management Committee meets to review Options Papers for
Amendments 19 and 20 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 19
considers establishing a federal commercial cobia permit, and stopping or limiting the sale of fish caught
under a bag limit. Amendment 20 considers whether the current zone boundaries, allocations, seasons,
and trip limits provide the greatest benefit to the commercial industry
The full Council will convene Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Beginning at 1:45 p.m. the Council will take public
comment on Reef Fish Amendment 35 – Greater Amberjack an Interim Rule for Gray Triggerfish Annual
Catch Limit and In-Season Closure Authority and exempted fishing permits (if any).
The Council will also hold an open public comment session to give members of the public an opportunity
to address the Council on fishery issues that may not be on the agenda. Open public comment will be
taken immediately following public testimony until 5:30 p.m. Comment cards must be completed before
the start of public testimony.
Beginning Thursday at 8:30 a.m., the Council will deliberate and take action on committee recommendations
made earlier in the week. The meeting is expected to conclude by 3:00 p.m.
Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Council and Committees for
discussion, in accordance with the M-SFCMA, those issues may not be the subject of formal action. Actions of the
Council and Committees will be restricted to issues specifically identified in the agendas and any issues arising
after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the M-SFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.
The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the
timely completion of discussion relevant to the agenda items. In order to allow for such adjustments and
completion of all items on the agenda, the meeting may be extended from, or completed prior to, the date
established in this notice. Meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign
language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Council office at least five days prior to the meeting.