COVID-19: Impacts on Fisheries and Management
At its June 2020 Council meeting, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council plans to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting fishing communities and may consider management changes to ease those impacts. We aim to gather input from fishermen and those involved in fishing-related businesses whose fishing effort or businesses has been directly affected by COVID-19. The Council will continue to follow guidelines set by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act while considering temporary or long-term changes to regulations that may offset economic impacts from the pandemic.

Please submit your response by 5:00 PM, EST on June 10, 2020 to ensure it is summarized and presented to the Council at its June meeting. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and ideas with us.
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How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your fishing and/or business? *
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As a result of COVID-19, are you fishing more, less, or the same amount as usual?
What short-term or long-term regulation changes might be helpful to mitigate impacts from the pandemic on your fishing and/or business? Please be specific and include details on sector, species, and regulation. (Keep in mind, the Council regulations must continue to adhere to federal laws)
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