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Gulf Headboat Collaborative Exempted Fishing Permit

NOAA Fisheries has issued an exempted fishing permit (EFP) to the Gulf of Mexico Headboat Collaborative (Collaborative).  The Collaborative consists of headboat owners/captains.  The Collaborative intends to evaluate the efficiency of an allocation-based management system, using a limited number of headboats in a two-year pilot study.  

This study, to be conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, is intended to assess whether such a system can better achieve conservation goals established in the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; evaluate the effectiveness of a more timely electronic data reporting system; and evaluate the potential social and economic benefits of an alternative management strategy for the headboat segment of the recreational fishing sector within the Gulf reef fish fishery.

To reach Sustainable Fisheries staff, please call 727-824-5305.

Point of Contact:

Steve Branstetter


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