Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Quota Bank

The only program of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance launched the first Quota Bank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2015 to reduce red snapper discards in the eastern Gulf and to support the next generation of commercial red snapper fishermen. 2020 will mark our sixth year of operation.  

Here's how it works

 The Quota Bank leases red snapper allocation to the following two groups of fishermen:

  1. Eligible grouper fishermen that need red snapper allocation to cover some of their discards.
  2. Eligible “next generation” red snapper fishermen that are entering the fishery.

In exchange for leasing this allocation, Members agree to hold themselves to a high standard of accountability and participate in program requirements including electronic reporting, Best Business Practices, participation in regulatory meetings, and joining the Shareholders’ Alliance.

The Quota Bank is the only program of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico that is generating benefits for your fishery by:

  1. reducing red snapper discards,
  2. making fishing businesses more profitable,
  3. supporting the next generation of fishermen, and
  4. getting more fishermen involved in solving their management and regulatory problems.


2020 Quota Bank

If you’re eligible and interested in applying to be part of the Quota Bank in 2020, you may apply in one of two ways:

  1. Complete and submit an online application here.
  2. Download an application below and submit electronically (e.g. fill out PDF and email) to

Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis and processed four times per year. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to the quarterly deadlines identified below:

  • December 15, 2019 for Quarter 1 (January – March)
  • March 1 for Quarter 2 (April – June)
  • June 1 for Quarter 3 (July – September)
  • September 1 for Quarter 4 (October – December)

The Shareholders' Alliance Board will review applications as soon as practicable after each quarterly deadline. Applications will be evaluated based on compliance with eligibility criteria, commitment to best practices, prioritization of gear and meeting attendance, allocation availability, and historical compliance with Quota Bank requirements (if applicable).

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions document below for answers to some of the more commonly-asked questions. This document will be updated regularly.

View meetings that you can attend as a Quota Bank Member.

Apply to the Quota Bank

Ensure you have read all the materials, including eligibility criteria, before submitting your application.

Downloadable Quota Bank Application

2020 Quota Bank Application and Operations Plan (pdf)


Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)


Additional Documents

For more information on the Quota Bank, check out these documents. 

Summary About Quota Bank (pdf)


Quota Bank Announcement to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (pdf)


Handbook of Quota Banks Around the Country (pdf)


Press release celebrating 2017 Gulf Guardian Award (pdf)


Reef Fish Quota Bank Annual Meeting Summary (November 19, 2019) (pdf)


Presentation to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (June 2019) (pdf)


Upcoming Meetings

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