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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
News Release
Monday, February 23, 2015

Gulf Council to Hold Scoping Workshops for Reef Fish Amendment 36
Red Snapper IFQ Program Modifications

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a series of scoping workshops to discuss and take public comment on a proposed amendment to make modifications to the Red Snapper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. 

The Council is looking at a broad range of potential modifications to the Red Snapper IFQ program, including changes to the program's eligibility requirements; redistribution of shares held in inactive accounts to address regulatory discards; consideration of a full retention commercial fishery for red snapper; exploring share, allocation, and vessel caps on quota; requirements for the use of shares and/or allocation; withholding full distribution of shares in the event of an anticipated mid-year quota change; and increasing enforcement of all commercial reef fish landings.  Although this action focuses on red snapper specifically, the implication of Red Snapper IFQ program changes on the Grouper-Tilefish IFQ program, and other potential issues within the Grouper-Tilefish IFQ program will also be discussed.  

The workshop schedule is as follows:

Tuesday - March 10, 2015

Courtyard Marriott

142 Library Drive 

Houma, LA 70360 

(985) 223-8996

Tuesday - March 17, 2015

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

64 South Water Street

Mobile, AL  36602 

(251) 438-4000 


Thursday - March 12, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn

6703 Denny Avenue

Pascagoula, MS  39567 

(228) 762-7182


Wednesday - March 18, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn

1101 US Highway 231

Panama City, FL  32405 

(850) 392-1093  

Monday - March 16, 2015

Hilton Galveston Island Hotel

5400 Seawall Boulevard

Galveston Island, TX  77551  

(409) 744-5000

Tuesday - March 24, 2015

Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

950 Lake Carillon Drive

St. Petersburg, FL 33716  

(727) 540-0050


Tuesday - March 17, 2015

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

501 East Goodnight Avenue

Aransas Pass, Texas 78336 

(361) 758-1774


All hearings begin at 6 pm local time and will conclude after public input has ended, but no later than 9 pm.

A Scoping Guide will be posted on the Council website at

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