Amendment 9: Coral Habitat Areas Considered for Management in the Gulf of Mexico

Overview

Deep sea coral, Lophelia sp., with crab
Description
For More Information Contact Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov, 727-524-5305
Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Final Rule
Published
10/16/2020
Point of Contact
Lauren Waters, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov; 727-824-5305

Summary

In 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) hosted a workshop to discuss how corals may be affected by fisheries. One of the recommendations from that workshop was to reevaluate coral areas in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) that might warrant special protections. Methods of protecting coral and coral habitats from activities unrelated to direct harvest include designating particular sites within existing coral essential fish habitat (EFH) as habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs). The Council is considering actions to modify the boundary of the existing Pulley Ridge HAPC; establishing new HAPCs in the Gulf, and improving fishing regulation consistency by prohibiting dredge fishing in all existing HAPCs.

Learn more about Amendment 9: Coral Habitat Areas Considered for Habitat Area of Particular Concern Designation in the Gulf of Mexico (PDF, 320 pages)

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 10/16/2020