Joint GSMFC & ASMFC Artificial Reef Subcommittee Meeting
Jan 12 - Jan 13, 2015
2015 Florida Artificial Reef Summit
Jan 14 - Jan 16, 2015
SEAMAP Environmental and Biological Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico, 2012
Gulf of Mexico Cooperative Law Enforcement Operations Plan 2015-16
SEAMAP Environmental and Biological Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico, 2011
Annual Report of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP)
2015 Operations Plan for the Fisheries Information Network in the Southeastern United States (FIN)
Regional Gulf Menhaden Management Plan Draft Available For Public Review And Comment
The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission was established by an act
of Congress (P.L. 81-66) in 1949 as a compact of the five Gulf States. Its
"to promote better utilization of the fisheries,
marine, shell and anadromous, of the seaboard of the Gulf of Mexico,
by the development of a joint program for the promotion and protection
of such fisheries and the prevention of the physical waste of the fisheries
from any cause."
The Commission is composed of three members from each of the five Gulf
States. The head of the marine resource agency of each state, a member of
the legislature, and a citizen with knowledge of marine fisheries appointed
by the governor.
The Commission is empowered to make recommendations to the governors
and legislatures of the five Gulf States regarding the management of the
fisheries. The states do not relinquish any of their rights or responsibilities
in regulating their own fisheries, however. Recommendations to the states
are based on scientific studies made by experts employed by state and federal
resource agencies and advice from law enforcement officials and the commercial
and recreational fishing industries.
In addition, the Commission advises the United States Congress and may
testify on legislation and marine policies that affect the Gulf. One of
the most important functions of the Commission is to serve as a forum for
the discussion of various problems, issues, and programs concerning marine
News, Volume 25 Number 3, Spring 2014 is now available
Commission Announces New Executive Director
SEDAR32A Gulf of Mexico Menhaden
The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) is
pleased to announce that we have completed an assessment
of the Gulf menhaden population in the northern Gulf of
Mexico. The assessment was accomplished through the SouthEast
Data, Assessment, and Review Program (SEDAR) as SEDAR32A.
The final stock assessment report is available on the SEDAR
SEDAR32A Gulf Menhaden. The assessment is the culmination
of a three-year effort to gather and analyze available data
for Gulf menhaden from the commercial purse-seine fishery
and the fishery-independent sampling programs of the Gulf
States. The Gulf’s five marine resource agencies provided
experts through the GSMFC’s Menhaden Advisory Committee
(MAC), which served as the technical committee throughout
the assessment process. At the October meeting of the GSMFC,
the MAC and the Commissioners approved the adoption of reference
points for inclusion in the draft Fishery Management Plan
(FMP), which should be available for public comment in 2014.
For more information, contact Steve VanderKooy (IJF Program
Coordinator) at the GSMFC office.
Gulf of Mexico Blue Crab
The Gulf States Marine Fisheries
Commission (GSMFC) has completed a Gulf-wide assessment
of the blue crab populations in the Gulf of Mexico. The
regional assessment has been completed through the GSMFC's
Gulf Data, Assessment, and Review (GDAR) Program as GDAR01.
Each of the five state marine resource agencies provided
blue crab experts and analysts to develop abundance indices
for use in surplus production models. Much of this work
was influenced by assessments already completed in Louisiana,
Florida, Texas, and the Chesapeake Bay.