National Fisherman

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

TGulfOfMexico FishManageCouncil logohe panel will review stakeholder feedback received through the Mississippi Recreational Summit held in April, and from the recent Louisiana Recreational Fishing Survey. Both the summit and the survey were designed to get input from recreational anglers about Gulf of Mexico red snapper management.

The panel will also discuss red snapper accountability measure alternatives, which have been removed from Amendment 28 - Red Snapper Allocation, and will be considered as a separate framework action, as well as review and discuss Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Recreational Red Snapper Sector Separation.

Amendment 40 considers dividing the recreational sector into two distinct components, resulting in a private angling component and a federal for-hire component. Red snapper resources would then be allocated between these components. 

Finally, the panel will review new state data collection programs and receive an update on the Gulf of Mexico Headboat Collaborative Pilot Program.

Red Snapper Advisory Panel members were also invited to participate, in a nonvoting capacity, in the Reef Fish Advisory Panel meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, 2014, also at the council office. 

For a copy of the detailed agenda visit, or register to watch the meeting live at 
Meeting materials can be downloaded from the council FTP site at - username and password are both gulf guest. 

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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