Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management to Convene its Ad Hoc Artificial Substrate Advisory Panel

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Ad Hoc Artificial Substrate Advisory Panel Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council office, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Florida.

The Panel will discuss artificial substrates and their potential consideration as essential fish habitat in the Gulf of Mexico fisheries. Specifically, the Advisory Panel will evaluate potential implications, including regulatory, fishery, or habitat impacts of consideration of artificial substrates as essential fish habitat in accordance with the regulations at 50 CFR Part 600 Subpart J.

 

Items for consideration may include types of structures to be considered, potential conflicts with existing regulatory measures, and requirements to minimize impacts of fishing to the extent practicable. The Advisory Panel will consider if new information exists to demonstrate artificial substrates, including fixed petroleum leg platforms and artificial reefs, provide habitat functions to federally-managed species in the Gulf of Mexico.

A copy of the agenda and related materials can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630.