Gulf Council to Convene Law Enforcement Tech Committee

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC), formerly known as the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (LEAP). The LETC will meet jointly with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission's Law Enforcement Committee (LEC). The meeting will convene Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, 217 N. St. Mary's Street in San Antonio Texas.

The committees are scheduled to discuss enforcement implications of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama 9-mile Reef Fish Boundary and the Offshore Aquaculture Fishery Management Plan.

The committees will also review the following draft Council amendments:
  • Reef Fish Amendment 36A - Red Snapper IFQ Modifications
  • Draft Reef Fish Amendment 43 - Hogfish Stock Definition, Status Determination Criteria, and Annual Catch Limit
  • Framework Action Addressing Circle Hook Requirement when Fishing for Yellowtail Snapper
  • Shrimp Amendment 17B - Optimum Yield, Number of Permits, Permit Pool, and Transit Provisions
  • CMP Amendment 26 - Reallocation of King Mackerel

Also on the agenda are the draft protocols for state background checks on Council Advisory Panel candidates and selection of candidates to recommend to the Council for "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year".

For a complete agenda and related materials visit the Council's file server - (login is gulfguest/gulfguest). Click on the "Library Folder" and navigate to "LEAP Meeting -2016-03". Materials can also be obtained by calling the Council office at 813-348-1630.

This meeting will be webcast over the internet via GoToWebinar. Visit to register.
About the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

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