When fishermen hear the Gulf Council is coming to town, it's a big deal; they're the ones that implement catch shares and are in charge of monitoring our fisheries. But Monday night, it wasn't fishermen that came out in droves, it was seafood dealers that were in attendance.
Aboard the Lady Anderson, at Captain Anderson's Marina, a couple of concerned residents showed up to partake in one of several public hearings around the Gulf.
A representative from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration led the discussion and is entrusted with recording the comments made. It is his duty to report back to the council with his findings to help them during their decision making process.
On Monday's agenda were some modifications to how seafood dealers report information back to the agency. Seafood markets and distributors will primarily be affected, but Kristy Howell whose parents own a seafood market says, although the proposal doesn't affect them greatly, it's important for them to stay in the loop.
"We need to know what's going on because we don't want to get behind or lost on anything that's going on. But nothing is going to change as in what we already report." Howell says.
"I think it's very important for them to show up, it's their chance to come and comment on the different issues before the gulf council and the decisions that they will be making." Pam Anderson says.
The Gulf Council has uploaded the presentation to this website: Presentation
They will be accepting public comment on this issue until August 13th and will be reviewed before making a decision on August 23rd.
To comment on the issue: Click here