Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council creates regulations to manage fishery resources in U.S. federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, i.e. from the outer bounds of state waters (3 to 9 miles offshore) out to 200 miles. Many of these regulations directly impact Louisiana’s commercial and recreational fisheries.

LDWF is one of the Gulf Council’s 17 voting members. The other Gulf states are also represented, as well as commercial and recreational fishing industries, scientific and environmental interests, and NOAA Fisheries. There are also nonvoting members from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of State, and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The Gulf Council holds five public meetings a year where they deliberate over regulations to address a wide variety of federal fishery management issues, from shrimp and snapper to habitat and data collection. The Gulf Council often discusses each issue over the span of several meetings and holds public hearings around the Gulf coast to gather public comments before recommending a final regulation to NOAA Fisheries to implement.

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