For-Hire Red Snapper Days-at-Sea Pilot Program

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Schedules Scoping Workshops to Discuss For-Hire Red Snapper Days-at-Sea Pilot Program

The Gulf Council has scheduled scoping workshops around the Gulf of Mexico to get public input on a proposed amendment that examines a days-at-sea pilot program for the red snapper for-hire fishery. Scoping workshops are the first and best opportunity for you to make suggestions or raise issues and concerns before the Council begins developing an amendment.

Issues to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the purpose and need for this amendment and the potential management actions that may be considered. Management actions range from the selection of program participants to the establishment of effort and catch validation methods and criteria for program evaluation.

 

Eight scoping workshops are scheduled around the Gulf. All workshops begin at 6 pm and conclude at the end of public comment, but no later than 9 pm.  The workshop schedule is as follows:

March 25, 2013

Courtyard Marriott, 1600 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, MS  39501

March 26, 2013

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 3111 Loop Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561

March 27, 2013

Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Avenue, Destin, FL 32541

Courtyard Marriott 3250 US 41 North Naples, FL 34103

 April 1, 2013

   Hilton Galveston Island, 5400 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston Island, TX 77551

  April 2, 2013

   Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park  950 Lake Carillon Drive St. Petersburg, FL  33716

   Hilton Garden Inn 6717 S. Padre Island Drive  Corpus Christi, TX  78412

   April 3, 2013

   Crowne Plaza New Orleans 2829 Williams Boulevard  Kenner, LA  70062
 
Copies of the scoping document and other related materials will be available two weeks prior to the first scoping meeting and can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630 or can be downloaded from the Council's website at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/fishery_management_plans/scoping-thru-implementation.php.