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The Gulf Council has scheduled scoping workshops around the Gulf of Mexico to get public input on a proposed amendment that examines a days-at-sea pilot program for the red snapper for-hire fishery. Scoping workshops are the first and best opportunity for you to make suggestions or raise issues and concerns before the Council begins developing an amendment.


Issues to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the purpose and need for this amendment and the potential management actions that may be considered. Management actions range from the selection of program participants to the establishment of effort and catch validation methods and criteria for program evaluation.

Eight scoping workshops are scheduled around the Gulf. All workshops begin at 6 pm and conclude at the end of public comment, but no later than 9 pm.  The workshop schedule is as follows:


   March 25, 2013

Courtyard Marriott

1600 E. Beach Boulevard

Gulfport, MS  39501

   April 1, 2013

Hilton Galveston Island

5400 Seawall Boulevard

Galveston Island, TX 77551


   March 26, 2013

Fairfield Inn & Suites

3111 Loop Road

Orange Beach, AL  36561


   March 27, 2013

Destin Community Center

101 Stahlman Avenue

Destin, FL  32541


Courtyard Marriott

3250 US 41 North

Naples, FL  34103

   April 2, 2013

Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

950 Lake Carillon Drive

St. Petersburg, FL  33716


Hilton Garden Inn

6717 S. Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX  78412

April 3, 2013

Crowne Plaza New Orleans

2829 Williams Boulevard

Kenner, LA  70062


Copies of the scoping document and other related materials will be available two weeks prior to the first scoping meeting and can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630 or can be downloaded from the Council’s website at http://www.gulfcouncil.org/fishery_management_plans/scoping-thru-implementation.php.


These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at least five working days prior to the meeting.