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Menhaden Advisory Committee


The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Gulf states have been working together for over four decades to monitor the Gulf menhaden fishery and its progress through data collection and analysis; however, the fishery is managed by the states and the interstate commission.  In the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) formed the Gulf Menhaden Subcommittee in March 1973, which existed under various names and currently is the Menhaden Advisory Committee (MAC).  The Committee completed development of the first Gulf Menhaden Fishery Management Plan in 1977.

The MAC is comprised of one member from each state's fishery agency and one member from each active menhaden company in the Gulf - all of whom are voting members - and one non-voting member from the NMFS.  Recommendations of the MAC are approved by a two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting, and then presented to their parent committee, the State-Federal Fisheries Management Committee (SFFMC).  Currently, member seats on the MAC are held by:

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Marine Resources Division
  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Daybrook Fisheries, Inc.
  • Omega Protein, Inc.
  • Menhaden Advisory Council for the Gulf of Mexico
  • National Marine Fisheries Service.

The MAC has a minimum of two meetings each year as deemed necessary by two or more MAC members or at the direction of the SFFMC.

Actions presented to the SFFMC by the MAC are evaluated and, if accepted, moved forward to the full Commission for their consideration.  The purpose of the SFFMC is to guide the GSMFC and set policy for regional management actions.  The SFFMC is made up of agency representatives that have knowledge of and an interest in regional fishery management problems.

As the Gulf menhaden fishery operates mostly in state territorial seas, many management decisions can be made by the state agencies themselves although some policy changes may require approval of one or more of the other state legislatures.   As a member of the GSMFC, the states in no way give up their own management authority.  Inclusion of the NMFS Regional Director as a member on the SFFMC provides representation of Federal interests in the region.

To view or download recent minutes from the MAC meetings, click on the appropriate PDF file or right+click your mouse and select "Save Target As..."


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  Fall 2013 Conference Call Continuation (draft)

 November 12, 2013 

  Fall 2013, South Padre Island, Texas (draft)

 October 14, 2013 

  Spring 2013, Destin, Florida

 March 19, 2013 

  Fall 2012, Point Clear, Alabama

  October 16, 2012

  Spring 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana

  March 6, 2012

  Fall 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana

  October 17, 2011

  Spring 2011, Houston, Texas

  March 15, 2011

  Fall 2010, Clearwater Beach, Florida

  October 19, 2010

  Spring 2010, Orange Beach, Alabama

  March 8, 2010

  Fall 2009, Biloxi, Mississippi

  October 13, 2009

  Spring 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana

  March 17, 2009

  Fall 2008, Key Largo, Florida

  October 14, 2008

  Spring 2008, Galveston, Texas

  March 11, 2008

  Fall 2007, Point Clear, Alabama

  October 16, 2007

  Spring 2007, Biloxi, Mississippi

  March 13, 2007

  Fall 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana

  October 23 2006

  Spring 2006, San Antonio, Texas

  March 14 2006

  Fall 2005, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  October 18 2005

  Spring 2005, Point Clear, Alabama

  March 15 2005

  Fall 2004, Biloxi, Mississippi

  October 12 2004

  Spring 2004, New Orleans, Louisiana

  March 15 2004

  Fall 2003, Corpus Christi, Texas

  October 14 2003

  Spring 2003, Point Clear, Alabama

  March 18 2003

  Fall 2002, Duck Key, Florida

  October 16 2002

  Spring 2002, Biloxi, Mississippi

  March 19 2002


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