Thursday, August 25, 2016

‘Hands off!’ is best policy for sea turtle hatchlings


Sea turtle hatchlings are digging out of their nests and clambering toward the ocean in September and October, the last months of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season.
Just remember, “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering sea turtle hatchings.
Well-meaning efforts to rescue a sea turtle hatchling by helping it leave a nest or picking it up and placing it in the ocean are not good ideas, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists.
Worse yet are instances where hatchlings are being handled by people who think it’s OK to get that close, often because they want to take a photo.
“Some Florida beachgoers are unaware that sea turtle hatchings should be watched from a distance and left undisturbed,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “Even well-meaning attempts to rescue sea turtle hatchlings can do more harm than good. And digging into a sea turtle nest, entering a posted area, or picking up a sea turtle hatchling to take a photo also are against the law.”
Hatchlings must overcome many obstacles to survive. Digging out of their nests may take a few days. Once out, they are vulnerable to predators. And any misdirection on their path to the sea – from artificial lighting to items left on the beach, holes in the sand or people approaching or handling them – may leave them exhausted, lost or dehydrated on the beach in the morning sun.
“So please remember to keep your hands off sea turtle hatchlings and tell others to do the same,” Trindell said. “The best way to help hatchings is to turn off any artificial lighting on the beach at night or at least keep it shielded. If you see hatchlings, watch from a distance and never shoot flash photos.”
Bright lights on houses, motels, condominiums and businesses along the beach can disorient nesting adult females, but are particularly harmful to turtle hatchlings. The hatchlings will head for the bright lights, thinking they are the sparkling sea. They can end up walking landward and are more likely to become prey for animals like coyotes.
People are asked to call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC on a cellphone, to report hatchlings that are stranded, wandering in a road or parking lot, heading away from the water or are dead.
For more on sea turtle nesting and hatchlings, go to MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.


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High school fishing grants now available for student saltwater anglers in Florida


High school saltwater fishing teams are encouraged to apply for grants before the application deadline of Sept. 15, 2016
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with its partners the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation and The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, have made $500 Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation grants available to saltwater teams and clubs in Florida.
This grant partnership encourages the creation and success of Florida high school fishing teams and clubs, with a particular emphasis placed on establishing new high school angling teams and supporting existing ones in schools with diverse student populations. The grants were originally only available to freshwater student anglers, but are now also available to saltwater student anglers.
The program will provide grants of up to $500 per club or team to assist with expenses related to fishing team or club-sponsored tournaments, team jerseys, insurance, and education for novice anglers. Supported teams and clubs will also partner with the FWC, FLW Foundation and The Bass Federation to complete a conservation project. The program not only benefits students, but program participants and their families will receive education on conservation programs, aquatic and marine biology, and boating and angler safety.
High school fishing teams and clubs do not have to be comprised of students from a single school. Students from several schools may come together to form a team or club, and fishing is one of the few sports where both male and female students can compete on the same team, at the same level.
To date, there have been 10 high school fishing grants awarded. There is still ample grant funding available, so interested parties are encouraged to apply before Sept.15, 2016, for consideration. Online applications should be submitted at www.flwfishing.com/foundation.
For more information about this program, email Amber Nabors at Amber.Nabors@MyFWC.com. For more information about the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation, go to www.flwfishing.com. For information about The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, go towww.highschoolfishing.org. Information on the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is available at www.takemefishing.org, select “Corporate” at the bottom of the page.



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GOV SCOTT: FLORIDIANS SHOULD PREPARE FOR POTENTIAL STORM IMPACT



MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott spoke with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Florida Department of State (DOS) on potential storm impacts. FDEM is actively monitoring a low pressure area associated with a tropical wave in the Western Atlantic Ocean. FDEM has not yet elevated the activation level of the State Emergency Operations Center, but stands ready to do so if the storm threatens Florida. Portions of South and Central Florida may be at risk for heavy rainfall, potential flooding and rip currents late this weekend through early next week.

Governor Scott said, “In Florida, we must always be prepared for a storm before landfall. Now is the time to gather supplies and ensure our families, homes and businesses are fully prepared for any potential storm impact. With the threat of a developing storm, we must continue to dump standing water since we are also working to combat the Zika virus. With the primary elections on Tuesday, I also encourage all Floridians to take advantage of early voting opportunities in case there is a storm in our state next week. This storm should serve as a reminder for everyone to get a plan if they don’t already have one.”

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is referring to the developing storm as Invest 99L, and estimates it to have a 40 percent chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours and a 70 percent chance of cyclone formation within the next five days. The NHC does not anticipate any direct impacts to Florida prior to the the early morning hours of Sunday, August 28th.

Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management Bryan W. Koon said, “We are actively monitoring Invest 99L, and are regularly and continuously engaging our state and local partners as this system continues to develop. Right now, the system is still somewhat disorganized, and its specific track and level of intensity remain uncertain. I encourage everyone to have a plan in place for yourself, your family, and your workplace or business, and be prepared to follow your plan should this event impact your area.”

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said, “Florida’s Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 30. While it is too premature to determine if voters will be impacted by adverse weather conditions, I encourage all Florida voters who have not voted by mail to get ahead of any possible weather disturbances by voting early. All 67 Florida counties are offering early voting through Saturday, August 27. The following ten Florida counties are offering an additional day of early voting on Sunday, August 28: Bradford, Broward, Charlotte, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, and Pinellas.”

The NHC is monitoring the progress of this as it continues to develop and expects to have a more accurate estimate of the system’s track and level of intensity once it passes through the Bahamas in the next 24-48 hours. Heavy rainfall is anticipated over portions of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, and the southeastern and central Bahamas during the next couple of days. 

The next name on the 2016 Atlantic Storm name list is Hermine (pronounced Er-meen).



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Research Reserve seeks volunteers

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint is currently looking for volunteers to help at the reserve.
Volunteer duties range from greeting visitors in the Nature Center to assisting researchers with field work.
Some of the jobs include tending the gift shop in the Nature Center or maintaining the native plant garden.
Volunteers will also be needed to help at the Estuaries Day Celebration on September the 23rd and to conduct morning sea turtle nest surveys next summer.
The reserve also needs people to be on call to drive injured birds to a rehabilitation facility in Wakulla County when needed and to help rescue hooked sea turtles and transport them to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab or Gulf World.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the research Reserve, just call 670-7700, or stop by and visit the Nature Center at 108 Island Drive, in Eastpoint.


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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Jonathan P. Steverson
Secretary


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Project Name: BEACON HILL PARK IMPROVEMENTS
Location Id: 346913
Location Name: Beacon Hill Park Improvements
County: Gulf
Application Number: 346913-001

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

No swimming advisories in Franklin County

There are no swimming advisories in Franklin County.

The Florida Department of Health tested water quality at 5 Franklin County beaches on August the 16th; all of the water samples came back clean.

Water is tested at three locations on St. George Island as well as Carrabelle Beach and Alligator Point to make sure the waters are safe for swimmers.

Samples were also taken from 2 beaches in Wakulla County and though moderate concentrations of bacteria were found in samples taken from Shell Point, there was no swimming advisory issued.

Water samples were also taken from 6 beaches in Gulf County on August the 15th.

Moderate levels of bacteria were found at Lookout Beach and St. Joe Beach, but there were also no swimming advisories issues for those beaches.

The state currently takes weekly or bi-weekly water samples from 304 beaches in 34 counties – you can see results for all beaches in Florida on-line at the Florida Department of Health Clean beaches website.





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Apalachicola teen charged with burglaries at Cape San Blas

An Apalachicola teenager has been charged in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in Cape San Blas.
The seventeen year old, whose name has not been released, surrendered himself to the Gulf County Sheriff’s office on August the 18th.
The burglaries occurred during the weekend of July the 16th.
The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office said it received reports that five firearms were stolen along with a Yeti Cooler, a video camera, and several pairs of Costa Del Mar sunglasses from unsecured vehicles belonging to vacationers.
Gulf County said it received a tip from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office that the teenager may be involved.
The teen was later stopped on July 18th by a Gulf County deputy responding to a suspicious person complaint in the Cape San Blas area.
During the investigation, the teen admitted to being involved in the vehicle burglaries at Cape San Blas.
A search of the juvenile’s home in Apalachicola found one of the stolen firearms, the Yeti Cooler, the video camera and two pairs of Costa Del Mar sunglasses.
A witness said that the juvenile threw one of the stolen firearms out of the vehicle when he was pulled over on July 18th.
A search of that road side area was conducted and a .45 caliber handgun was recovered.
The owner of the firearm was identified and confirmed it had been stolen out of his vehicle while vacationing in Cape San Blas.

The teen has been charged with four counts of Burglary of a Conveyance and three counts of Grand Theft.


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Wakulla County Receives New Fire Truck



IMG_1989Crawfordville, Florida – Wakulla County citizens can feel safer after receiving a new fire truck. The County was able to purchase the new fire truck with One Cent Sales Tax funds.

In June 2016, the Board of County Commissioners approved Fire/Rescue to purchase a new Commercial Class A Pumper Fire Engine after several mechanical issues were found on three first out primary response pumpers.

The new pumper is a Pierce Commercial Cab Class A Pumper Engine that holds 1,000 gallons of water and has a 1,250 gallon per minute pump capacity. The new truck will temporarily serve as the primary career engine for Station 12 in Crawfordville. “I’m happy we can add this truck to our fleet in order to continue providing emergency services to protect the life and property of our citizens,” said Fire Chief, Louis Lamarche.

For additional information related to this story, please contact Jessica Welch, Communications & Public Services Director at (850) 926-0919 ext. 706 orjwelch@mywakulla.com.



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Wakulla County Sheriff seeks info in animal cruelty case

                The Wakulla County Sheriff’s office is looking for information in connection with an animal cruelty investigation.
On August 17th, two witnesses reported that four kittens were thrown from a truck being driven down Spring Creek Highway.
The two were travelling on Spring Creek Highway in the area of the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when they witnessed a white male in the back of a moving truck throw four kittens out of the truck.
The witnesses stopped and collected the kittens, taking them to the Wakulla County animal shelter.
One of the kittens died as a result of the incident.
The witnesses stated that the truck was a Ford F-150 with a partial tag of T89.

The investigation is ongoing – if you have any information contact the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office at 745-7100.


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"Stuff the Bus" School supply drive this Saturday





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APALACHICOLA NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 24, 2016

CONTACT: DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us

APALACHICOLA NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

~Florida residents encouraged to volunteer to help preserve natural resources~

ANERR Nature Center

Volunteer within Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve's Nature Center.


EASTPOINT, Fla. – Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) is currently looking for dedicated volunteers. Volunteer duties range from greeting visitors in the Nature Center to assisting Apalachicola NERR researchers with field work. Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Tending the gift shop in the Nature Center
  • Maintaining the native plant garden
  • Conducting morning sea turtle nest surveys next summer in 2017
  • Volunteering to support the Estuaries Day Celebration on Sept. 23, 2016
  • Signing up to be on call to drive injured birds to a rehabilitation facility in Wakulla County
  • Participating in the Pier Initiative to help rescue hooked sea turtles and transport them to Gulf Specimen Marine Lab or Gulf World
Apalachicola NERR also often has other special projects that can be tailored to volunteers’ interests. To become a volunteer or to learn more, please call 850-670-7700, or stop by and visit the Nature Center at 108 Island Drive, in Eastpoint, Fla.

About the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Office

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office (FCO) is responsible for oversight of the state’s 41 Aquatic Preserves, three National Estuarine Research Reserves, the Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Coastal Management Program and the Outer Continental Shelf Program. FCO's mission is to conserve and restore Florida’s coastal, ocean and aquatic resources for the benefit of people and the environment. For more information, visithttp://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/.

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Franklin County 1st Annual Breastfeeding Walk







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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Drive sober or get pulled over

If it seems like there are more law enforcement vehicles on the roads over the next few weeks – there’s a reason for that.

Over the next two weeks, law enforcement around Florida will be focused on keeping drunk and otherwise impaired drivers off the roads through the national campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

The campaign coincides with the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend which marks the traditional end of the summer travel season.

The campaign uses a combination of targeted enforcement and increased visibility of law enforcement on the roadways.

This will be especially true over the Labor Day holiday when all uniformed Highway patrol personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads.

In 2015 there were nearly 685 drunk driving deaths in Florida, accounting for over a quarter of all traffic fatalities in the state.

And if you ever see someone driving that you think is impaired, you can call star- FHP from your cellphone to contact the Highway Patrol and report them.





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Roberts and Roberts chosen for Bald Point Road work

                The Roberts and Roberts company out of Tallahassee has been selected to widen and resurface Bald Point Road.
The Project will resurface about 3 miles of Bald Point Road from Alligator Drive to end of Bald Point Road.
The project will also include adding paved shoulders so there is more room for bicycles as well as striping the road and adding grass to the roadsides.
Roberts and Roberts was one of three companies to bid on the work their bid came in at just over 1.2 million dollars.

Commissioner Cheryl Sanders said she would like to see the project begin as soon as possible.


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Franklin County Tourist Development Council August Tourist Talk





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Arrest Made in Cape San Blas Vehicle Burglaries



Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison announces the arrest of a seventeen year old Franklin County juvenile in connection with several vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Cape San Blas area during the weekend of July 16, 2016. It was reported to the GCSO that five firearms were stolen along with a Yeti Cooler, a video camera, and several pairs of Costa Del Mar sunglasses from unsecured vehicles belonging to vacationers.
After receiving a tip from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) investigators the seventeen year old Franklin County juvenile was developed as a suspect. On July 18, 2016, during the early morning hours the juvenile was subsequently stopped by a GCSO deputy after receiving a suspicious person complaint in the Cape San Blas area.
Through further investigation the juvenile was interviewed by investigators and gave an admission to being involved in the vehicle burglaries at Cape San Blas. A search of the juvenile’s home in Apalachicola was conducted. The search revealed the juvenile was in possession of one of the stolen firearms, the Yeti Cooler, the video camera and two pairs of Costa Del Mar sunglasses. A witness provided information to investigators that the juvenile threw one of the stolen firearms out of the vehicle when pulled over by GCSO on July 18, 2016. A search of that road side area was conducted and a .45 caliber handgun was recovered. The owner of the firearm was identified and confirmed it had been stolen out of their vehicle while vacationing in Cape San Blas.
Investigators obtained pick up orders charging the juvenile with four counts of Burglary of a Conveyance and three counts of Grand Theft.

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the juvenile surrendered himself to the GCSO. The juvenile was arrested and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). This investigation continues with more charges expected.


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GULF COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY August 15, 2016 – Augusts 21, 2016






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Drawing to win a Bayou Classic 2.5 Gallon Portable Fryer

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce is having a drawing to win a Bayou Classic 2.5 Gallon Portable Fryer donated by Riverside Mercantile.
1 Ticket for $3.00 Donation
6 Tickets for $15.00 Donation 
Drawing will be held August 31, 2016


All proceeds go to Downtown Holiday Celebration onNovember 25th
Tickets are available at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
122 Commerce St. in Apalachicola






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Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Jonathan P. Steverson
Secretary


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Permit: Water - Dredge and Fill Permit
Project Name: BOSS OYSTER - TIME EXTENSION
Location Id: 264697
Location Name: BOSS OYSTER INC - LARRY MADDREN - 123 WATER ST
County: Franklin
Application Number: 264697-003

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300


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“Fish Dip and Candidates” Meet and Greet this Saturday








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Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting The Seahorse Too

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting The Seahorse Too
 
Today, August 23rd
5:00pm-7:00pm
161 Commerce Street Apalachicola








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Corie Cates named Miss Florida Seafood

            The Florida Seafood festival has chosen its queen.

Franklin County High School senior Corie Cates was crowned Miss Florida Seafood Saturday night.

Corie is the daughter of Mike and Carla Cates of Apalachicola.

She was selected from a field of four candidates.

The title comes with a 1000 dollar scholarship.

She will be pretty busy over the next few months publicizing the 53 annual Florida Seafood Festival.

She’ll take part in parades around the region and make appearances on area television and radio stations.

She’ll also stay busy during the festival, which is scheduled for November 4th and 5th this year.

As queen she’ll officially open the event, as well as head up the annual parade.

And along with King Retsyo, she’ll ride in the front boat during the blessing of the fleet, and oversee the oyster shucking and oyster eating contests.


And if you would like to stay up to date on all of the planned festivities and entertainment for this year’s festival – check out the official seafood festival website at http://www.floridaseafoodfestival.com.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Local unemployment jumps to 4.4 percent in July

Local unemployment took a big jump in July.
Franklin County unemployment was 4.4 percent last month, up from 4 percent the month before.
Franklin County still had one of the lowest unemployment rates in Florida; only 5 counties had lower unemployment rates than Franklin County.
217 people were looking for work in Franklin County in July, 11 more than in June.
The workforce also decreased by 19 people.
Gulf County also saw a big jump in unemployment from 4.2 percent to 4.5 percent.
 279 people were looking for work in Gulf County in July.

Wakulla County unemployment was 4.4 percent last month, in Liberty county unemployment rose to 5.6 percent.


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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Update - August 2016

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For Immediate Release
August 22, 2016
Gulf Council Update - August 2016
 
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 15 - 18, 2016. The Council welcomed its newest member Dr. Thomas Frazer, Director of the School of Natural Resources and Environment for the University of Florida.  In addition, Douglas Boyd (TX) and Leann Bosarge (MS) were each sworn in for an additional 3-year term. The Council elected Leann Bosarge as Council Chair and Johnny Greene as Council Vice Chair for the upcoming year.
 
Data Collection
The Council reviewed a proposed generic amendment to modify the frequency and method of reporting for federally permitted charter and headboats fishing for reef fish and coastal migratory pelagics in the Gulf of Mexico. The Council selected preferred alternatives for both charter vessels and headboats that would require vessels to declare a trip (hail out); hail in and submit fishing records prior to arriving at the dock; and require vessel operators to use NMFS approved vessel monitoring system hardware/software that provides vessel position. The Council will convene the Data Collection Technical Committee and review their comments along with an updated draft of the Amendment in October.
 
Coral and Habitat Protection
The Council heard a summary of a recent meeting of the Shrimp and Coral Advisory Panels and the Coral Scientific and Statistical Committee.  The Council agreed to move forward with the development of a scoping document that considers identifying priority areas for Habitat Areas of Particular Concern designation. A scoping document will be presented to the Council in October and the Council expects to host public scoping workshops after the October meeting.
 
The Council took public comment on the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Expansion Draft Environmental Impact Statement and submitted a comment letter to the Sanctuary on the issue. The Council also plans to make recommendations on appropriate fishing regulations for the proposed expansion areas. 
 
Modifications to the Commercial Individual Fishing Quota Programs
After hearing a presentation on quota banks and the structure and process of the commercial individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs, the Council reviewed Draft Amendment 36A, which includes actions for hail-in requirements, inactivated shareholder accounts, and mid-year quota changes. The Council added an action to consider requiring dealers to provide notification of intent to offload landings of IFQ species.
 
Gray Triggerfish
The Council reviewed a draft of Amendment 46 - Modify the Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan. A recent stock assessment indicated that the gray triggerfish population remains overfished and the Council's scientific advisors revised the acceptable biological catch levels. The new rebuilding plan for the stock requires changes to recreational bag limit, size limit, and closed season.  The Council is also considering modifying the commercial trip limit. The Council made several modifications to the document and a revised draft will be presented in October.
 
Federal Reef Fish Headboat Survey Vessel Management
The Council heard a report on the Headboat Collaborative Pilot Project and reviewed a draft of Reef Fish Amendment 42 - Federal Reef Fish Headboat Survey Vessels Management. The Council made modifications to some of the actions and alternatives in the document and staff will present an updated draft in October. The Council will need to define the criteria participants must meet to vote in the referendum to determine if a proposed allocation-based program will be accepted.
 
Red Snapper Management for Federally Permitted Charter Vessels
The Council heard a preliminary analysis on the potential for split seasons to manage the red snapper harvest by charter vessels and reviewed a draft of Amendment 41 - Red Snapper Management for Federally Permitted Charter Vessels. The Council made numerous revisions to the amendment and the Council will review an updated draft of the document in October.
 
Mackerel
The Council discussed Coastal Migratory Pelagic Amendment 29, which considers allocation-sharing strategies between the recreational and commercial sectors and recreational accountability measures for Gulf migratory group king mackerel. After making some changes to the document, the Council chose locations for public hearings that will be held sometime after the public hearing draft of the Amendment is reviewed at the October meeting.
 
Council Wrap-Up Webinar
The Council will host a webinar to review the Council meeting. Please join us at 6 p.m. ESTWednesday, August 24 for a quick presentation followed by a question and answer session. Register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7233203590071678980

 
More Information
For more information about any of the amendments discussed during the Council meeting, visit http://gulfcouncil.org/fishery_management_plans/scoping-thru-implementation.php and scroll down to the amendment of interest to find the draft document, video, guide, and other information.

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.
 
Submit comments and stay updated on fishery issues:
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