In the July issue ("Out of Balance"), we delved into the commercial favoritism of the two federal councils that control fishing regulations in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic. Now we turn the spotlight on the decision-makers themselves, and their compensation. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council controls waters in the Gulf beginning nine nautical miles from shore and extending 200 miles. It consists of 17 voting members from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi; Louisiana and Texas, including 11 nominated by their state's governor and approved by NMFS for three-year terms. Those 11 receive a daily stipend of $458.32 for attending council functions, plus airfare, car mileage or rental, lodging, parking, meals and other expenses.