Thursday, April 17, 2014

Franklin County approves contract with Department of Revenue

County commissioners this week approved a contract that makes sure the county gets paid when the sheriff’s department has to serve papers in child support cases.

The contract between the State Department of Revenue and the County provides for State approved payments to the County when the Sheriff’s department is required to serve papers on individuals involved with the cases.

The Sheriff’s Department usually charges a fee for that service of either $20 or $70 which is set by law, but they don’t collect the money.

The county does that.

With the contract, the County can be reimbursed at a rate of 66% which helps offset the costs of collecting the money.


The contract will run for 3 years beginning July 1st. 


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Friends of the Franklin county Public Library most outstanding in Florida

The local Friends of the Library group is getting some statewide attention for building the Eastpoint branch of the public library.

County library director Anne Birchwell said the Friends of the Franklin county Public Library will be recognized by the Florida Library Association as the most outstanding friends group throughout the state of Florida for the years of work it put into the construction of the library on Hickory dip Road.

The 5000 square foot library branch officially opened to the public last October.

The library project was 8 years in the making.

It began in 2004, and thanks to hard work from a number of local groups and citizens the library project survived funding issues and a world-wide economic crash.


Miss Birchwell said she would attend the Florida Library Association conference in Orlando next month to receive that award.

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GOV. SCOTT: FEDERAL POLICY MUST ALLOW MORE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES, NOT LESS

For Immediate Release April 17, 2014
(850) 717-9282

GOV. SCOTT: FEDERAL POLICY MUST ALLOW MORE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES, NOT LESS

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to Secretary Penny Pritzker of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In his letter Governor Scottoutlines his disappointment in the lack of flexibility the federal system allows for the management of the red snapper season and other stock fish. The full letter is below and attached.


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April 17, 2014



The Honorable Penny Pritzker
Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Secretary Pritzker:

Florida’s natural resources, especially those along our coast, are critical to our economy and communities.  For example, Florida’s Gulf Coast communities depend upon the Red Snapper fishery to draw in visitors, keep for-hire vessels working, and fill local hotels, shops and restaurants.  As with other natural resources in Florida, our state agencies have invested a significant amount of time, resources and study into ensuring we prudently manage this important asset.

This week, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) just set a 52-day summer recreational red snapper season in Florida state waters of the Gulf of Mexico for 2014.  This eight day increase in the summer season will provide recreational harvest opportunities for Florida’s residents and visitors, economic opportunities for Florida businesses, while also allowing the continued recovery of the fishery.  I am proud of the Commission’s action and their willingness to balance the economic needs of Florida’s coastal communities with the need to rebuild the red snapper fishery.

I am very disappointed; however, in how the federal system has been managing red snapper and other fish stocks.  The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Act) lacks much needed flexibility.  The recreational red snapper season in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will be only a few days this year – assuming harvest is even allowed.  Federal recreational season lengths have declined from 365 days per year to likely less than 11 days this year, all while anglers have watched red snapper become more abundant as the stock continually improves.

The Act must be modified to allow more fishing opportunities; not less, as fish stock improves.  Under the current system, the Federal Fishery Management Council process and the Act are unnecessarily rigid and too often penalize fishermen and the businesses and communities that depend on them.  Better stock assessments and recreational data collection are key to managing our recreational and commercial fisheries. We all want healthy fish stock, but we also need to ensure our local businesses and communities that depend on fishing continue to thrive.

As this act is revised and reauthorized by Congress, I urge you to support amendments that incorporate more flexibility, more up-to-date data collection, and seriously consider social and economic needs.  A balance must be struck so anglers of present and future generations can continue to participate in a fishery while it continues to grow.  Now is the time for action and change.  Now is the time to fix what is broken and to turn disappointment and frustration into a success story for those who depend upon and enjoy our fisheries.

                                                                        Sincerely,



                                                                        Rick Scott
                                                                        Governor


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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Update - April 2014

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For Immediate Release
April 17, 2014

Gulf Council Update - April 2014


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 7 - 10, 2014, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including several related to the management of red snapper. Here are some of the actions taken by the Council last week.
2014 Recreational Red Snapper Season
After receiving a briefing on a recent court decision in response to a legal challenge on management of the recreational component of the red snapper fishery, the Council took actions to prevent the recreational sector from exceeding its quota in 2014 and beyond.
For the short-term, the Council asked the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to implement an emergency rule to establish a 20% buffer on the 5.39 million pound recreational quota. The 20% buffer, which provides a low probability (15%) that the quota will be exceeded, combined with the 2013 landings estimates, results in a recreational annual catch target (ACT) of 4.312 million pounds, and an 11-day red snapper recreational season for 2014. The bag limit will remain 2-fish per person.
The 11-day season takes into consideration the incompatible state seasons and bag limits adopted by Texas, Louisiana, and Florida; however, it does not take into account a recent decision by Louisiana to have a year-round red snapper season in state waters.  NOAA Fisheries will conduct further analysis to determine if the 11-day season is adequate.
The Council also voted to withdraw a framework action submitted in February that would rescind the Amendment 30B permit provision, which requires vessels with federal charter vessel/headboat permits to abide by federal regulations if more restrictive when fishing in state waters.
To address the issue long-term, the Council asked staff to include accountability measure actions and alternatives for the recreational allocation, such as buffers and overage adjustments, in the Red Snapper Allocation Amendment (Reef Fish Amendment 28).
Allocation of Red Snapper - Reef Fish Amendment 28
The Council reviewed the legal and policy issues related to the allocation of red snapper. They also heard a summary of public comments received during recent public hearings for the proposed allocation amendment, as well as comments submitted online and by email.
After some deliberation, the Council asked staff to add an action to the amendment that addresses accountability measures, including buffers and payback provisions. The Council will review the new document during its June Council meeting in Key West, Florida. Final action is expected during the August meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Red Snapper Charter-For-Hire IFQ-Type Program
The Council agreed to have staff begin developing a scoping document that considers a red snapper IFQ-type program for the for-hire industry. An Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter-for-Hire IFQ Advisory Panel will also be formed to look at the issue, provide the Council with feedback, and assist with program design. That panel will be appointed during the June Council meeting in Key West, Florida. Anyone interested in serving on the panel should send an email requesting consideration along with a resume to: AP-SSC.Applicant@gulfcouncil.org. Information can also be mailed to: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL  33607. Materials must be received by June 16, 2014.
Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Sector Separation
The Council reviewed the management alternatives included in the draft options paper for Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Sector Separation. The Council requested that staff include an option for consideration that participants in the for-hire component of a voluntary sector separation program be identified by an endorsement to the federal for-hire reef fish permit.   Staff will continue to work to develop the document into a public hearing draft.
Alabama Charter Fishing Association Cooperative Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP)
The Council approved a motion to recommend that NMFS approve the Alabama Charter-For-Hire Cooperative's Exempted Fishing Permit Application. If approved by NMFS, the EFP would allow select Alabama-based for-hire vessels to participate in a pilot study that examines the feasibility of an alternative allocation-based management strategy. Currently, the number of participating vessels is undetermined, but the EFP application identifies approximately 90 Alabama-based for-hire vessels that would qualify for the EFP.
For-hire vessels in the study would be allowed to fish for red snapper based on the portion of the quota issued to them. The cooperative would be responsible for distributing the quota to individual vessels and for reporting landings electronically to NMFS. All red snapper harvested would count against this quota. After the total quota is expended by the cooperative, participating vessels could not harvest red snapper for the remainder of the fishing year. The cooperative would not be exempt from Section 407(d) of the Magnuson Act, which requires that NMFS close the recreational fishery if the recreational quota has been met or is projected to be met. After such a closure, no vessel participating in the program could continue to harvest red snapper, even if allocation were still available.
NMFS will review the application and hold a public comment period before making a final determination.
Red Drum
The Council asked staff to begin working on a plan amendment to manage recreational red drum out to 9 nautical miles using the current management strategy of managing for a 30% or greater escapement rate. The document should include options for delegating management to the states, as well as other Council management strategies.
Shrimp
The Council approved the annual Texas shrimp closure for 2014. The closure is part of a cooperative seasonal closure with the State of Texas and runs concurrent with its mid-season closure. The management objectives of the Texas closure are to increase the yield of brown shrimp by discarding undersized shrimp caught during a period in their life cycle when they are growing rapidly.
The Council reviewed a draft options paper for Amendment 16 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, which looks at adjusting the Annual Catch Limit and Accountability Measures for Royal Red Shrimp.  The Council also chose to move Action 1 - Alternative 3 to the considered but rejected section of the document and chose the following as preferred alternatives:
Action 1: Alternative 4 - Remove both the 334,000 lbs of tails ACL and the 392,000 lbs of tails quota. Change the ACL to 337,000 lbs of tails.
Action 2: Alternative 2 - Retain the AM set through the Generic ALC/AM Amendment. Remove the in-season closure set through the revised 1981 FMP.
Also related to shrimp - the Council requested staff begin working on a document that addresses the shrimp permit moratorium.
Mackerel
The Council took final action on Amendment 20B to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery Management Plan. This amendment addresses boundaries, season opening dates, and transit provisions for the commercial mackerel fishery.
The Council also took final action on Framework Amendment 1, which increases the Spanish mackerel annual catch limit.
Both amendments must still be approved by the Secretary of Commerce before being implemented.
About 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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FWC makes changes for deer-hunting in northwest Florida

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For immediate release: April 17, 2014
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

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FWC makes changes for deer-hunting in northwest Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee today, passed changes that divide the state’s Hunting Zone D (from Pensacola to Tallahassee) into two deer management units (DMUs), each with a unique set of antler-point requirements and antlerless deer harvest days.
These changes take effect during the 2014-15 hunting season and are part of a larger, statewide project aimed at managing deer on a more local level and providing stakeholders with a greater say in deer management.
The FWC conducted a public outreach and input process in northwest Florida beginning in early 2013. Since then, the Commission has received substantial input and comments from hunters, farmers and the general public regarding how they would like to see deer managed in the newly proposed DMUs.
As a result of this outreach process, the FWC passed rules for both public and private lands in both of the DMUs in Zone D, with Interstate 10 being the dividing line between the two DMUs. South of I-10 will be called DMU-D1, and north of I-10 is DMU-D2.
Zone D: DMU 1, DMU 2
Now bucks harvested south of I-10 in DMU-D1 must have antlers with at least 2 points (each point having to be at least 1 inch long) on one side and at least one antler 5 inches or more in length.
North of I-10 in DMU-D2, the minimum antler requirement is now 3 points (each point having to be at least 1 inch long) on one side and have at least one antler 5 inches or more in length, or have an antler with a main beam length of 10 inches or more. 
The rule includes an exception for youth to the increased antler requirements in both DMUs whereby hunters 15 years old and younger may continue to harvest bucks that have at least one antler 5 inches or more in length.
The Commission’s action also changes the antlerless deer season (“doe days”) on private lands within Zone D. During antlerless deer season, does may be harvested as well as bucks with less than 5-inch antlers. But it is illegal to take spotted fawns.
In DMU-D1 (south of I-10), the antlerless season was reduced to four days consisting of two popular holiday weekends (the weekends after Thanksgiving and Christmas).
In DMU-D2 (north of I-10), antlerless deer season was lengthened to eight days distributed across four weekends (Saturday-Sunday after Thanksgiving, first weekend of muzzleloading gun season, third weekend of general gun season and the weekend after Christmas).
The purpose of modifying the antlerless deer season was to spread out the hunting opportunity, so that more hunters could participate without reducing deer populations. These changes will be monitored to measure any impacts they may have on deer harvest and hunter satisfaction within each DMU.
For more information on Hunting Zone D’s newly established DMUs and their respective modifications to deer hunting regulations, click MyFWC.com/Deer.


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Speed Limit Change on State Road 71 in Calhoun County



For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2014
Donna M. Green, 888-638-0250, ext. 1661

Speed Limit Change on State Road 71 in Calhoun County

Chipley- Based on the results of a recent speed study, the Florida Department of Transportation will increase the speed limit from 55 MPH to 60 MPH on State Road 71 in Calhoun County Thursday, April 24. New signs will be erected between the Sweetwater Bridge and Faircloth Road and reduced speed signs added in the northbound lane, south on Faircloth Road.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to pay attention to the speed limit when traveling.

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Apalachicola National Forest prescribed burning today in Leon and Liberty Counties



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Forest Service has two prescribed burns planned for today on the Apalachicola National Forest.

The first 307 acre prescribed burn will take place in Leon County near Munson Hills Mountain Bike Trail in burn unit 258; the second 1,607 acre prescribed burn will take place in Liberty County off County Road 12 and Forest Road 130 near South Creek in burn unit 15. 

These burns will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.

People are reminded that the smoke they may see today and tomorrow in this vicinity is not coming from a wildfire. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas. Drivers should be particularly cautious in areas where prescribed fires have taken place when it is foggy. Morning fog can mix with smoke and decrease visibility further. 

This is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2014 prescribed burning season. (see the Apalachicola’s planned burn map): http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5438893.pdf

Individuals who are sensitive to smoke may continue to monitor us at http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/apalachicola/news-events


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Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
BOB MARTINEZ CENTER
2600 BLAIRSTONE ROAD
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399-2400
RICK SCOTT
GOVERNOR

CARLOS LOPEZ-CANTERA
LT. GOVERNOR

HERSCHEL T. VINYARD JR.
SECRETARY


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Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: 316 MARKS ST- MATHEWSON
Location id: 325756
Location name: 316 MARKS ST - MATHEWSON DOCK EXTENSION
County: Franklin
Application number: 325756-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District Branch ( Tallahassee ) permitting office in Tallahassee at (850) 245-2984

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thurs, 4/17/14 SEAHAWK SCOOP



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County commissioners say skateboarding needs to stop at Lighthouse Park

County commissioners would like to see less skateboarding at lighthouse park on St. George Island.

The park area and basketball court are popular with skateboarders, but the skateboarders are damaging public property.

Parks department chief Nikki Millender said there has been damage to the picnic tables at the park and to the surface of the basketball court.

Commissioner Pinki Jackel said that skateboarding is probably an incompatible use for the playground area anyway because of the number of small children there.

Signs will be put up soon asking people not to skateboard at the park.

County attorney Michael Shuler said the signs are a good start, but if people continue to skateboard there the county may have to create an ordinance prohibiting it.




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FWC moves forward with creation of a Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System



The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April 16 meeting in Tallahassee moved forward with a proposal to create a Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System that would help improve recreational reef fish data collection in Florida Gulf waters. This new system would help determine how many anglers are targeting reef fish in the Gulf. A sample of these anglers would be surveyed to provide more accurate catch and effort data for reef fish trips.
This proposal will be brought back before the Commission at its June meeting in Fort Myers for a final public hearing.
If approved, private recreational anglers fishing from a boat in Gulf state waters (excluding Monroe County), including those 65 and older, would be required to take part in the Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System to harvest or possess any of the following reef fish: red and vermilion snapper; gag, black and red grouper; gray triggerfish; greater and lesser amberjack; banded rudderfish; and almaco jack.
Anglers, captain and crew aboard for-hire vessels would not be required to partake in the data-collection system because they already have their own survey. Anglers under 16 years of age and those fishing from a vessel with a vessel recreational fishing license would also be exempt.
This would be a no-cost program, due to a five-year National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf restoration grant. The Commission directed staff to include language for a five-year sunset clause so that when the grant funding ends, the program would be evaluated and reconsidered.
If the Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System is approved at the June meeting, data reporting would be required by April 1, 2015. Anglers would be able to enroll starting May 2014 and encouraged to sign up when they renew their fishing license.

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Gulf recreational red snapper season set

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the Gulf recreational red snapper season in state waters April 16 at a meeting near Tallahassee. The season will be a total of 52 days in 2014 and will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24 this year) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15.
Starting the season the Saturday before Memorial Day will provide recreational red snapper fishing through an important holiday weekend, helping attract more visitors and bringing economic benefits to our coastal communities.
The federal season is currently projected to be 11 days long, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 11. This season is subject to change depending on projections by NOAA Fisheries for when the recreational red snapper quota may be caught.
Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles.
The daily bag limit will remain 2 per person in state and federal waters.
To learn more about this agenda item, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.” To learn more about recreational red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Snapper.”


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FWC approves sea cucumber management changes



The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its April meeting near Tallahassee established a commercial daily trip and vessel limit of 200 sea cucumbers in both state and federal waters.
This change will go into effect June 1. The Commission chose this limit today after considering potential management options. The change was requested by the existing commercial fishery as a proactive conservation measure.
While there is currently a small commercial fishery for sea cucumbers in Florida, primarily for the live aquarium trade, sea cucumbers have been commonly targeted elsewhere in the world as a food product due to their high value in Asian markets. The rapid, unregulated development of sea cucumber export fisheries elsewhere in the world has led to fishery collapses and sea cucumber depletions.
Sea cucumbers are vulnerable to overfishing due to their sedentary nature, which makes them easy to locate and collect, and because of their life-history characteristics such as their late reproductive age, their need for a dense population in order to successfully reproduce and their long life span. They are also ecologically important, as they help cycle nutrients in nutrient-poor tropical reefs and oxygenate sediments.
This proactive change to the commercial fishing regulations will ensure Florida’s populations of these ecologically important species and the fisheries they support remain sustainable.
More information about the issue is available in the “Sea Cucumber Presentation” link in the Commission meeting agenda. Go to MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings” to pull up the agenda.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EIGHT IN GULF COUNTY ARRESTED FOR SALE OF NARCOTICS

Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison announces the arrest of eight individuals for the sale of narcotics in Gulf County. The cases are a result of investigations conducted by the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.

Investigators and deputies arrested Ellery L. Dobbins (29) on Thursday, April 10th, on a warrant for the Sale of Methamphetamine. At the time of Dobbins’ arrest he was found in possession of a controlled substance and charged accordingly. He remains in the Gulf County Detention Facility (GCDF) with a $27,500 bond.

On Friday, April 11th, investigators and deputies arrested Blake C. Lincoln (24) on a warrant for the Sale of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School. At the time of his arrest he was found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, which he was also charged with. Lincoln is held in the GCDF on a $40,000 bond.

Sidney L. Robbins (21) was arrested on a warrant for the Sale of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School. Robbins remains in custody on a $20,000 bond.

A warrant for the Sale of Methamphetamine was served on Scotty L. Herrell (42). Herrell remains in the GCDF on a $30,000 bond.

Kathleen M. Shipman (52) was arrested on a warrant for the Sale of Methamphetamine and remains in custody on a $20,000 bond.

On Saturday, April 12th, Thomas E. Johnson (24) was arrested for the Sale of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a Church. Johnson remains in custody at the GCDF on a $20,000 bond.

Timothy C. O’Bryan, Jr. (33) was arrested and served a warrant for the Sale of a Controlled Substance within a 1,000 feet of a Park. O’Bryan remains in custody on a $20,000 bond.

A warrant was also served on Darien N. Hutcheson (36) for the Principle to the Sale of a Controlled Substance. Hutcheson also remains in the GCDF on a $20,000 bond.



 
 


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Council Seeks Applicants for Ad Hoc Red Snapper For-Hire IFQ Advisory Panel

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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2014
 
  
Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for an Ad Hoc Red Snapper For-Hire IFQ Advisory Panel 

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking applicants for a newly created temporary advisory panel. The Ad Hoc Red Snapper For-Hire IFQ Advisory Panel will consider issues surrounding an IFQ-type program, provide the Council with feedback, and assist with program design. Appointments will be made during the June Council meeting in Key West, Florida.

Positions are unpaid, but travel expenses are reimbursed. The panel may meet 3 or 4 times each year.

Consideration will be given to anyone interested in serving. To apply, please submit a letter of interest to the Council office along with a current resumé or description of qualifications. 

Letters of interest should be mailed to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 
2203 N. Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33607; faxed to: 813-348-1711; or e-mailed to:  
About 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.
 
Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues:
Check it out! Go to www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the thermometer in the middle of the page. From there you can read up on all the pending actions, watch the video presentations, read comments, and submit your own. All comments submitted through the online form are automatically posted on our web site for Council review. Other comments are manually posted every couple of days. 

There is also a thermometer for each issue that lets you know where the Council is in the process for that particular amendment, whether it's the scoping phase, final action, or implementation.
  
 
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