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 charge is:

"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 management.

What's New

Compact News, Volume 25 Number 3, Spring 2014 is now available for download.

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 website at: 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.

GDAR01 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.