Reduction in the 2019/2020 Commercial Gillnet Quota for Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone King Mackerel

November 13, 2019

FB19-071 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov

WHAT/WHEN:

  • The 2019/2020 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) commercial quota for the king mackerel gillnet component is 530,043 lbs. 
  • The use of run-around gillnets for king mackerel is restricted to the Gulf southern zone (see map below).
  • The commercial harvest reduction is effective with the start of the 2019/2020 fishing season, January 21, 2020.

 

WHY THIS REDUCTION IS HAPPENING:

  • The latest report for 2018/2019 Gulf king mackerel gillnet commercial landings indicates 631,257 lbs were harvested; 45,357 lbs greater than the 2018/2019 quota. 
  • Commercial post-season accountability measures require a reduction in the next fishing year’s quota by the amount of the previous year’s quota overage.
  • As a result, the 2019/2020 quota is reduced from 575,400 lbs to 530,043 lbs.
  • This action is necessary to protect the king mackerel population and prevent overfishing.

 

Gulf of Mexico King Mackerel Migratory Zones Map

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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on November 13, 2019