The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) region includes Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, West Florida, Mexico, and Cuba.
Important Gulf species include Caribbean spiny lobster, warmwater shrimp, oysters, blue crab, stone crab, crawfish (freshwater), groupers, red snapper, tunas, king mackerel, mullet, and menhaden.
U.S., federal waters begin where state jurisdiction ends and extend out to 200 miles offshore. Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico begin three nautical miles off Louisiana and Mississippi, and nine nautical miles off Alabama, Texas, and the west coast of Florida. The U.S. Gulf coastline is approximately 1680 miles in length.
Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Councils
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council www.gulfcouncil.org
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission www.gsmfc.org
Gulf State Fisheries