Friday, June 19, 2009

Update on Gulf Fishery Management Council Decision

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met yesterday to consider new laws that would combine seasonal restrictions on longline grouper fishing and a gradual reduction in the number of fleets that will be allowed to operate.

The council decided to leave the current moratorium in place until they have time to review newly released data before making a final decision. They also want to be sure they have time to make the best plan that is available.

Unless the council takes action, the moratorium will expire in October, but the regulators have a one-time option to continue it for another six months if no permanent management plan is approved by that time.

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