Tag: National Marine Fisheries Service
Fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico, be they commercial, charter-for-hire or recreational, all agree on one fact: the growing need for more timely and accurate data for fishery management and science. Recognizing the need for more timely data collection, the NOAA has developed an implementation plan to expand the use of both electronic monitoring and electronic reporting.
Recently introduced legislation by Congressman David Jolly of Florida will hopefully lead to a more accurate count of red snapper and other reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico.
After a very successful two-year Founding Member period, GSI is now initiating its standing, long-term dues structure recently approved by the Board of Directors. With this new dues structure, GSI will be well positioned to solicit new members as the organization continues to grow in numbers and scope.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced their selection for Electronic Monitoring and Reporting grants that included $2.25 million for Gulf Seafood Institute Founding Member CLS America to administer a program for approximately 350 federally-permitted charter boat vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently met in Biloxi, Mississippi the former administrative capital of French Louisiana once named Bilocci, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including regional management for recreational red snapper and red snapper allocation.
Three-Hundred Gulf Charter-for-Hire Captains Anxiously Await Voluntary Electronic Log Book Monitoring
The implementation of electronic data capture by Gulf of Mexico charter-for-hire fisherman later this year will mean fisheries like Gulf Red Snapper will have a more accurate data source for use in future stock assessments.
The Marine Resource Education Program Southeast, an organization created by fishermen for fishermen, will attempt to demystify the acronyms and vocabulary and equip fisherman with the tools needed to engage tough issues at a Fisheries Science Workshop to be held April 14-16 at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama have taken the lead on a Congressional letter addressed to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker urging the Secretary to ensure that NOAA acts swiftly on electronic data collection funding.
The Gulf Council recently held their first meeting of the new year in Point Clear, Alabama, a town where wealthy families from Mobile and New Orleans tried to hide from yellow fever outbreaks by escaping to the daily breeze off Mobile Bay they deemed as “good air”.
During Washington Mardi Gras in mid-January, the offices of the Gulf coast Congressional Delegation will once again be filled with members of the Gulf Seafood Institute spreading the message of the economic and environmental importance of the Gulf of Mexico and the seafood industries that it supports.
Gulf Seafood Institute Applauds Congressional Passage of $2 Million for Electronic Data Collection in Gulf
Accurate and real time data collection of Gulf fisheries based on electronic monitoring took a major step forward with the enactment of the Congressional 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act that included $2 million for electronic data collection for the Gulf recreational charter-for-hire sector.