UPCOMING MEETINGSGSMFC 65th Annual Spring Meeting
Mar 17 - Mar 19, 2015
Mar 17 - Mar 19, 2015
Please see the Meeting Notice for detailed information.
The meeting program book (agendas) will be posted here on March 9, 2015.
Please use our Meeting Registration System to pre-register. There is a $15 late fee for all registrations after March 1, 2015.
A block of sleeping rooms is being held at the special rate of $128 single/double. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 15% resort fee plus 6% sales tax) in effect at the time of check-out.
To assure accommodations, please make your hotel reservations directly with the hotel no later than Monday, February 23, 2015, after which time the hotel can no longer guarantee a room reservation at this rate. Please call reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (251) 928-9201 or make your reservations on their website. The Group Reservations ID code is GUSGUSA.
For additional information, contact Nancy Marcellus
Law Summary 2014. A Summary of Marine Fishing Laws & Regulations for the Gulf States
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 charge is:
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 management.