Tag Archives: Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission

Grant program could increase Gulf aquaculture

A new method is being tried to increase seafood production through the use of aquaculture. The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission is awarding grants totaling $450,000 for new and unique aquaculture projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The projects will range in size from $50,000 to $100,000 and will be given out starting in April to qualified projects. Oysters are already being grown, but these new projects would be in deep water and concentrate on fish. click here to read the story 18:41

Latest report says menhaden thriving in the Gulf

menhadenA commission that assesses the health and viability of the menhaden population in the Gulf released a report this week that says despite massive commercial hauls, the menhaden population is sound. It’s called a stock assessment for menhaden — a fish caught for catfood and fish oil supplements and a favorite food of large game fish. If fact, there’s been controversy this year over how many redfish commercial menhaden boats in the Gulf should be allowed to keep in the bycatch while fishing for menhaden. Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission evaluated the status of the Gulf menhaden in U.S. waters and concluded the “Gulf of Mexico’s menhaden stock is not experiencing overfishing,” said Steven J. VanderKooy, a fisheries coordinator with the commission, which has an Ocean Springs office. Read the story here 19:42

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission: “Gulf menhaden stock is not overfished, overfishing is not occurring”

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) has completed a  comprehensive, three year stock assessment of the Gulf menhaden population and  found that the stock is healthy and sustainable at current harvest levels. [email protected] 11:28