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Reduction in the 2021/2022 Commercial Gillnet Quota for Gulf of Mexico Southern Zone King Mackerel

September 30, 2021

FB21-070: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Kelli O'Donnell: 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov

 

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What/When:

  • The 2021/2022 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) commercial quota for the king mackerel gillnet component is 563,480 pounds (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 2021/2022 fishing season, January 18, 2022.

 

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Gulf King Mackerel Southern Zone Map

 

Why This Reduction is Happening:

  • The latest report for 2020/2021 Gulf king mackerel gillnet commercial landings indicates 587,320 lbs were harvested; 11,920 lbs greater than the 2020/2021 quota. 
  • A commercial post-season accountability measure set by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and monitored by NOAA Fisheries requires a reduction in the next fishing year’s quota by the amount of the previous year’s quota overage.
  • As a result, the 2021/2022 quota is reduced from 575,400 lbs to 563,480 lbs.
  • This action is necessary to protect the king mackerel population and prevent overfishing.

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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 30, 2021