Fishing Vessels

Gulf of Mexico Operations Branch

The Gulf Branch works with the Gulf of Mexico fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) to manage fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Gulf Council develops management measures through fishery management plans (FMPs) for key marine species.  The Gulf Branch puts in place the resulting regulations.  Gulf Branch staff also give guidance on fisheries management; assess the environmental impacts of proposed management measures; educate the public on fishery management issues; give technical assistance and advice in preparing FMPs; coordinate public review and comments during regulations development; and issue fishing closures to prevent overfishing if landings approach annual catch limits.  


Map of Gulf of MexicoGulf Branch Chief: Sue Gerhart