The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a series of scoping workshops to discuss and take public comment on a proposed amendment to make modifications to the Red Snapper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program.


The Council is looking at a broad range of potential modifications to the Red Snapper IFQ program, including changes to the program’s eligibility requirements; redistribution of shares held in inactive accounts to address regulatory discards; consideration of a full retention commercial fishery for red snapper; exploring share, allocation, and vessel caps on quota; requirements for the use of shares and/or allocation; withholding full distribution of shares in the event of an anticipated mid-year quota change; and increasing enforcement of all commercial reef fish landings.  Although this action focuses on red snapper specifically, the implication of Red Snapper IFQ program changes on the Grouper-Tilefish IFQ program, and other potential issues within the Grouper-Tilefish IFQ program will also be discussed.
The workshop schedule is as follows:


Tuesday – March 10, 2015

Courtyard Marriott

142 Library Drive

Houma, LA 70360

(985) 223-8996

Tuesday – March 17, 2015

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

64 South Water Street

Mobile, AL  36602

(251) 438-4000


Thursday – March 12, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn

6703 Denny Avenue

Pascagoula, MS  39567

(228) 762-7182


Wednesday – March 18, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn

1101 US Highway 231

Panama City, FL  32405

(850) 392-1093

Monday – March 16, 2015

Hilton Galveston Island Hotel

5400 Seawall Boulevard

Galveston Island, TX  77551

(409) 744-5000

Tuesday – March 24, 2015

Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

950 Lake Carillon Drive

St. Petersburg, FL 33716

(727) 540-0050


Tuesday – March 17, 2015

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

501 East Goodnight Avenue

Aransas Pass, Texas 78336

(361) 758-1774


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

A Scoping Guide will be posted on the Council website at http://gulfcouncil.org/fishery_management_plans/scoping-thru-implementation.php.