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Modification of Fishing Access in Eastern Gulf of Mexico Marine Protected Areas

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
08/20/2021
Point of Contact
Rich Malinowski: Rich.Malinowski@noaa.gov; 727-824-5305

Summary

The amendment and rule would prohibit fishing and the possession of any species of Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) reef fish year-round in the Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps MPAs, with no exception for vessels in transit unless the vessel has an operating vessel monitoring system and a valid federal commercial Gulf reef fish permit.  These prohibitions do not apply to Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS).  This framework amendment was unanimously approved by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) at its June 2020 meeting.

Federal Register

Supporting Materials

Bulletins

Final Rule to Implement Modifications to Fishing Access in Eastern Gulf of Mexico Marine Protected Areas

FB21-048: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact:…
July 21, 2021 -

Request for Comments: Proposed Rule to Modify Fishing Access in Eastern Gulf of Mexico Marine Protected Areas

FB21-015: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact:…
March 02, 2021 -

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 07/21/2021