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The App is free and allows users to access from their iPhone or iPad the most up-to-date commercial and recreational federal fishing regulations for species managed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The App also provides information on fish identification, measurement guidelines, sanctuaries and closures, and important telephone numbers.

“The use of this technology allows us to get the regulations out to more people in a convenient format. It’s particularly useful because no internet connection is needed to access the App, so checking regulations or identifying fish while out on the water is easy.” said Dr. Steve Bortone, Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

The Council hopes to develop a similar App compatible with other smart phones.

To download the new App, visit the App store from your iPhone or iPad, search for “Gulf Council,” and click on the Council logo. To preview the App from your computer, visit <>.