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Friday, May 19, 2017
Gulf Council to Meet in Naples, Florida
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet June 5-8, 2017 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, located at 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, Florida 34103. The meeting will convene on the following days and local times:
Closed Session from 8:00 - 8:30 on Monday
Council Committees meet 8:30 - 5:15 on Monday
Council Committees meet 8:00 - 5:00 on Tuesday
Council Committees meet 8:30 - 10:15 on Wednesday
Full Council meets 10:15 - 5:30 on Wednesday
Full Council meets 8:30 - 3:30 on Thursday

The Committee and Council Agenda are posted on the Council website and meeting materials will be posted as they become available.

Public testimony is scheduled on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to taking general comments, testimony will be taken on the following issues:
Final Action on Reef Fish Amendment 44 - Minimum Stock Size Threshold for Reef Fish Stocks
Final Action on Reef Fish Amendment 47 - Vermillion Snapper MSY Proxy and ACL
Final Action on Abbreviated Framework Action to Modify the Number of Unrigged Hooks Carried Onboard Longline Vessels
Final Action on Spiny Lobster Regulatory Amendment 4 - Annual Catch Limits and Targets and South Atlantic Recreational Trap Prohibition

Written comments submitted on these issues by May 30, 2017 will be summarized and presented to Full Council before final action is taken. Visit the proposed amendments page of our website to submit your comments or email your comments to

Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live over the internet. Register for the webinar.

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.

Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues:
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.

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