Gulf Council Meeting & Agenda

The meeting will be held April 16-19, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Omni Bayfront Hotel, 900 N.
Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401; telephone: (361) 887-
    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203
North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813)

Click below for agenda


Monday, April 16, 2012

1 p.m.-2 p.m.--Scientific & Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection
Committee will discuss duties and responsibilities of the SSC and
receive a presentation on Detailed ``Option 3''.
2 p.m.-3 p.m.--Budget/Personnel Committee will review the Executive
Director's Evaluation Process, the 2012 Proposed Budget and an Overview
of Future Funding.
3 p.m.-4 p.m.--Outreach and Education Committee will review the Crisis
Communication Plan and receive an update on the Stakeholder's Survey.
4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.--Artificial Reef Committee will discuss Artificial
Reefs as Essential Fish Habitat.
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.--Budget/Personnel Committee--Full Council (CLOSED

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

8:30 a.m.-12 noon and 1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Reef Fish Management
Committee will meet to discuss the Update of the Red Snapper 5-Year IFQ
Review; review Scoping Documents for Amendment 28 Grouper Allocation

and Amendment 33--Limited Access Privilege Program;
take Final Action on Amendment 35--Greater Amberjack; review a Scoping
Document for Red Snapper Provisions for Overage Adjustments; discuss an
Interim Rule on Gray Triggerfish Annual Catch Limit & In-Season Closure
Authority; review a Draft Options Paper for Amendment 37--Gray
Triggerfish Management Measures; discuss a Framework Action on
Contractual Services for the For-Hire Sector; discuss Sector
Separation; review an Options Paper for Amendment 38--Revise Post-
Season Recreational Accountability Measures for Shallow-water Grouper;
receive a summary from the Goliath Grouper Workgroup Meeting and review
and discuss the Pilot Studies Design for Headboat IFQ and Days at Sea.
    Immediately following the Committee Recess will be the Informal
Question & Answer Session on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Issues.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

8:30 a.m.-9 a.m.--The Coral Management Committee will review a report
from the Special Coral Scientific & Statistical Committee.
9 a.m.-10 a.m.--The Data Collection Committee will review the MRIP
Calibration Workshop summary; discuss a Generic Amendment for Dealer
Permit/Electronic Logbook Reporting Requirements; receive an update on
Electronic Reporting for Headboats and for the For-Hire Sector.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.--The Mackerel Management Committee will review
Options Papers for Amendment 19--No Sale and Permits and for Amendment
20--Boundaries and Transit Provisions.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    1 p.m.--The Council meeting will begin with a Call to Order and
    1:05 p.m.-1:15 p.m.--The Council will review the agenda and approve
the minutes.
    1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.--The Council will approve a revised Committee
Roster; review the Action Schedule; and review Exempted Fishing Permits
(EFP), if any.
    1:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.--The Council will receive public testimony on
Final Reef Fish Amendment 35--Greater Amberjack; an Interim Rule for
Gray Triggerfish Annual Catch Limit & In-Season Closure Authority; and
exempted fishing permits (EFPs), if any. The Council will also hold an
open public comment period regarding any other fishery issues of
concern. People wishing to speak before the Council should complete a
public comment card prior to the comment period.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

    8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.--The Council will review and discuss reports from
the committee meetings as follows: Scientific & Statistical Committee
Selection, Outreach & Education, Reef Fish, Budget/Personnel,
Artificial Reef, Coral, Data Collection, and Mackerel.
    3 p.m.-3:15 p.m.--Discussion on Exempted Fishing Permits (if any)
will take place.
    3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.--Other Business items will follow.

    The Council will conclude its meeting at approximately 3:45 p.m.
    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come
before the Council and Committees for discussion, in accordance with
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action
during these meetings. Actions of the Council and Committees will be
restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agendas and
any issues arising after publication of this notice that require
emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act,
provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take
action to address the emergency.

    The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be
adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of
discussion relevant to the agenda items. In order to further allow for
such adjustments and completion of all items on the agenda, the meeting
may be extended from, or completed prior to the date/time established
in this notice.