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February 07, 2013

Federal Fishery Councils Join to Discuss South Florida Issues

Combined committee to host webinar later this month

The two federal fishery councils that manage South Florida offshore waters — the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council — have formed a joint panel to address issues specific to this highly prized angling region. The first meeting for this panel is scheduled as a webinar open to all from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

The group will talk about its purpose and will look at specific fisheries issues such as:

  • yellowtail and mutton snapper management
  • commercial grouper harvest in Monroe County (Florida Keys)
  • allocations of fisheries landings in Monroe County (Florida Keys)
  • the possibility of establishing a special-management unit that allows for consistent state/federal fishery regulations across South Florida

To register for the webinar, you can visit (now or later) https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/323435202. To contact the South Atlantic council, call 866.SAFMC-10 or visit safmc.net. To contact the Gulf council, call 888-833-1844 or visit gulfcouncil.org.