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January 01
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Highly Migratory Species (HMS) shark quotas open, except Atlantic Large Coastal Shark quota to open July 01, 2015 and Porbeagle shark quota is closed 2015

January 01
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) Calendar and Closures

January 01
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) Commercial Regulations Mixing Zones. See Page 3 (PDF Page 5)

March 25
HMS Amendment 6 Sharks Conference Call from 2 PM – 4 PM

Mar 30-Apr 02
GMFMC Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi

April 03
Written Comment Due about HMS Amendment 6 Sharks

April 06
Written Comment Due about HMS Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) 5-year Review

April 07-08
SAFMC Habitat AP meeting in North Charleston, South Carolina

April 13-14
SAFMC Snapper Grouper AP meeting in North Charleston, South Carolina

April 14-16
Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) Science Workshop St. Petersburg, Florida

April 15
SAFMC Mackerel AP meeting in North Charleston, South Carolina

April 16
SAFMC Joint Shrimp & Deepwater Shrimp AP meeting in North Charleston, South Carolina

April 21
Written Comment Due on North Atlantic Right Whale Critical Habitat Expansion

April 28-30
SAFMC SSC Spring Meeting in North Charleston, South Carolina

May 07-08
2015 East Coast Forum at Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina
Members from all eight Regional Fishery Management Councils to focus on Risk Analysis and the Treatment and Communication of Scientific Uncertainty

June 08-12
GMFMC Meeting at the Marriott Beachside, 3841 North Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, Florida

June 08-12
SAFMC Meeting at the Doubletree Grand Key Resort, 3390 South Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, Florida

June 30
Written Comment Due on Proposed Revisions to National Standards 1, 3, and 7 Guidelines

July 01
Atlantic Large Coastal Sharks quota opens

August 04-06
Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR 41) Data Workshop for Red Snapper and Gray Triggerfish

Atlantic HMS AP Fall Meeting

Sept. 14-18
SAFMC Meeting at the Beach House Resort, 1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

Sept. 22-24
Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) Management Workshop in Tampa, FL

Sept-Oct ?
ACCSP Annual Meeting

October 27-29
SAFMC SSC Fall Meeting Tentative Date

November 17-20
SEDAR 41 Assessment Workshop in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

December 07-11
SAFMC Meeting, Hilton Oceanfront Hotel, 2717 W. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach NC


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St. Petersburg, FL February 21, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dennis O’Hern, Executive Director, Fishing Rights Alliance (727) 692-6902




Thousands of commercial and recreational fishermen are headed to St. Petersburg, FL, the Southeast Regional Headquarters of the National Marine Fisheries Service, for the first ever “Fishing Matters to Me” rally which kicks off at 9 am on Friday, February 25, 2011.


Conservative estimates put the number of licensed saltwater fishermen who live, work and fish within 100 miles of the rally at more than 1 million.


“We have people coming from all over the East Coast, including Massachusetts and North Carolina, and as far west as Texas and California,” said organizer Dennis O’Hern. “This is going to be the Woodstock of fishing rallies and people will be talking about it for years to come.”


The recent ‘emergency’ closure of the Gulf of Mexico’s grouper fishery has prompted the fishermen to take to the street in protest and demand that congress take action to protect them from unnecessary regulations.


“People’s livelihoods are being ruined by the government’s reliance on flawed data and outdated science,” O’Hern said.  “These are real people with families to feed, not just numbers on spreadsheets.”


The grouper shutdown, and a similar measure governing red snapper in the South Atlantic, will cost the fragile economies of the Southeast an estimated $5 billion per year in lost revenue.  Recreational anglers and commercial fisherman, two groups once at odds over the same stocks, have come together and found common ground to ask for fundamental changes to the draconian system that manages the nation’s fisheries.


“Recreational saltwater fishing is worth $32 billion to Florida’s economy.” O’Hern said.  “On the average year, more than 6 million residents and visitors fish Florida waters and support more than 100,000 jobs.”  Details of the rally can be found at


Stop by 310 13th Avenue, South, St. Petersburg, FL and see democracy in action.



Dennis O’Hern
Executive Director
Fishing Rights Alliance, Inc.
4604 49th Street N  #34

St. Petersburg, FL  33709