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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Postpones Discussions on Reef Fish Amendment 33 - Limited Access Privilege Program
5/17/2012
Credit:
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council press release
During its April meeting, the Gulf Council postponed discussions on Reef Fish Amendment 33 -
LAPP Program until its June meeting in Tampa, Florida. Those discussions are now postponed
until the Council's August meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"We have stakeholders who want to participate in these discussions, but they also want to make
the most of the 40-day red snapper season," said Bob Gill, Gulf Council Chairman.
The June Council meeting is June 18 - 21, 2012. The 2012 recreational red snapper season opens
June 1, with a proposed closure of July 10.

"Postponing the discussions not only gives people more time to comment on the issue, but also
provides more opportunity to participe," said Steve Bortone, Executive Director of the Gulf
Council.

About Reef Fish Amendment 33
In August 2011, the Council initiated a plan amendment to establish a reef fish Individual Fishing
Quota (IFQ) program for red porgy, vermilion snapper, greater amberjack, gray triggerfish, lesser
amberjack, almaco jack, and banded rudderfish. This action was based on a recommendation
from the Council's Commercial Reef Fish IFQ Advisory Panel.

The amendment will now be discussed during the Council's August meeting. But before moving
forward, the Council is requesting additional comments on the merits or adverse effects of a
potential IFQ program for these species.

Comments regarding the merits of a reef fish catch share program for the species noted above,
can be submitted at the following link:

gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/comment_forms/RF%20Amendment%2033%20-%20LAPP.php.
About 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.