The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet in June to discuss, among other subjects, migratory group king mackerel catch limits and requirements for for-hire vessels.
Responsible for managing fishery resources in the U.S. federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet Tuesday, June 21, 2022 through Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, Florida. During the meeting, the Council plans to take final action on the following two documents:
- Framework Action: Modification to Location Reporting Requirements for For-Hire Vessels
- Framework Amendment 11: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group King Mackerel Catch Limits.
The committees schedule & council agenda will extend to other subjects, including:
- Essential Fish Habitat Generic Amendment
- Results of the Aquaculture Opportunity Area Atlas for the Gulf of Mexico
- Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Aquaculture Opportunity Areas in the Gulf of Mexico
- Those interested in participating can find the complete meeting agenda following the link to the .pdf document Committees Schedule & Council Agenda.
The event will be held both in-person and virtually, with in-person meeting attendees expected to follow any current COVID–19 safety protocols as determined by the Council, hotel, and the City of Fort Myers.
According to the organizers, public testimony will be held from 2:45 – 5:15 PM, eastern daylight time (EDT) on Thursday, June 23, 2022. In-person and virtual participants will have equal opportunity to participate. In-person attendees wishing to give public testimony must sign-up using the kiosk outside the meeting room. Staff will be available to assist with the registration process. Anyone wishing to use electronic visual aids during public testimony must provide staff with a copy of the material at least one hour before comment begins to allow for a virus scan of said material.
To provide public testimony, virtual attendees must register online and join the webinar. A registration link to provide testimony will be available on the Council meeting materials webpage at the start of the meeting, Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 8:00 AM, EDT, and closes one hour before public testimony begins on Thursday, June 23, 2022 (1:45 PM, EDT). Virtual participants must register for the webinar under the same name they use to register to provide testimony.
The Committee and Council Agendas, and meeting materials for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Florida will be posted as they become available and can be accessed on the Council Meetings webpage.