The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico beginning Monday, August 4, 2014 through Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The purpose of the meetings is to get public input on Reef Fish Amendment 40 – Sector Separation. All meetings will begin at 6:00 pm. local time and will conclude no later than 9 p.m.


Amendment 40 examines dividing of the recreational red snapper quota into a private angling sector and federal for-hire sector.


Public Hearing Schedule 

All hearings will begin at 6 pm local time and will conclude after public input has ended, but no later than 9 pm.



Can’t attend any of the meetings? A video presentation will be posted here later this week. Comments on Reef Fish Amendment 40 will also be accepted online at


Copies of the public hearing documents can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630, or by visiting


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 the Council Office at least 5 working days prior to the meeting.