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Wanted:Thick-skinned snapper angler with good ideas

Hey Guys,

Jeff Weakley here, Editor at FS. Just relating a note that came over my email last week. Gulf Council looking for a recreational angler to help advise them on how to fix the mess that is Gulf red snapper fishing. Would be a good fit for someone who's been around a few years and has some ideas on how to improve the fishery. If you've been thinking to yourself, "Why can't they get it right?" here's your chance to help. Spread the word to club members or others you know. Note pasted below.


July 11, 2016

Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Ad Hoc Red Snapper Private Angler Advisory Panel
Application Deadline is August 5, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for membership on a newly created Ad Hoc Red Snapper Private Angler Advisory Panel. The charge of the panel is to develop fair and effective ways to mitigate the derby fishing occurring in the private angler component of the red snapper fishery. The panel will meet by January 2017.
Advisory panels are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery resources, or who are engaged in the harvest of Gulf of Mexico managed species. Membership provides individuals with an opportunity to become more directly involved in the management decision-making process.

Ad hoc advisory panel members are appointed by the Council and will serve a two-year term. Advisory panel members generally meet no more than once or twice per year and are compensated for travel and per diem expenses. Ad Hoc panels operate in the same manner; however, these panels are temporary and are disbanded when the panel charge has been met.

To apply to this Ad Hoc Advisory Panel, visit http://gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/comment_forms/ADHOCAPAPP.php and complete the online application.

If you have any questions, please call the Council office at 813-348-1630.

Applications must be received by August 5, 2016 for consideration by the Council during its August meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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:
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.

You can also find information on our Facebook page, blog, and YouTube channel.

The Gulf Council has an APP for that - Download it for free!

Jeff Weakley


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