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Atlantic Spanish Mackerel Southern Zone Commercial Trip Limit Reduction to 1,500 pounds on February 6, 2017

January 31, 2017

FB17-005 South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305


  • The daily trip limit for the commercial harvest of Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the southern zone is reduced from 3,500 to 1,500 pounds, effective 6:00 a.m. on February 6, 2017
  • The southern zone includes federal waters off the states of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  The boundary for the southern zone is the North Carolina/South Carolina border and the Monroe/Miami-Dade Counties, Florida, border.

Why This Trip Limit Reduction is Happening:

  • When landings of Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the southern zone reach or are projected to reach 75 percent of the adjusted quota, accountability measures are in place to reduce the daily trip limit.
  • The trip limit reduction is necessary to slow the rate of commercial harvest to avoid exceeding the adjusted quota.

After the Trip Limit Reduction:

  • The 1,500 pound trip limit will remain in effect until the end of the current fishing season on February 28, 2017, or when 100 percent of the adjusted quota is reached or projected to be reached, whichever occurs first.  The commercial trip limit becomes 500 pounds after 100 percent of the adjusted quota is reached or projected to be reached.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at http://www.ecfr.gov.  


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 18, 2019