Temporary Increase in Atlantic King Mackerel Commercial Trip Limit in the Atlantic Southern Zone Beginning October 1, 2019

September 27, 2019

FB19-057: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Karla Gore 727-824-5305, Karla.Gore@noaa.gov

KEY MESSAGE:

  • NOAA Fisheries announces a temporary rule to increase the commercial king mackerel trip limit from 50 to 75 fish in the Atlantic Southern Zone during Season 2 (October 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020). 
  • The commercial trip limit will increase in federal waters in the area between the Flagler/Volusia County, Florida, boundary and the Miami-Dade/Monroe County, Florida, boundary. 

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

  • This change to the commercial trip limit will be effective on October 1, 2019. 

WHAT THIS MEANS:

  • At their June 2019 meeting, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council requested an emergency rule to increase the commercial trip limit for king mackerel in the Atlantic southern zone during Season 2 (October-February) of the 2019/2020 fishing year. 
  • From October 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020, the commercial trip limit for Atlantic king mackerel will be 75 fish in federal waters between the Flagler/Volusia County, Florida, boundary and the Miami-Dade/Monroe County, Florida, boundary.
  • The temporary rule will also remove the potential for a trip limit reduction in February 2020 from 75 to 50 fish when 70 percent of the quota is reached.
  • There are no changes to the Season 2 trip limit in federal waters north of Volusia County, Florida.
  • The increase in trip limit is necessary to prevent unnecessary economic losses and will substantially increase the likelihood of achieving optimum yield for king mackerel in the 2019/2020 fishing year.
  • The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently developing a framework amendment to consider changes to the commercial king mackerel trip limits in Season 2 in the Atlantic Southern Zone in future years.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

For more information on the emergency rule, you may contact the following:

  • NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

      By Mail:  Karla Gore

      NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

      Sustainable Fisheries Division

      263 13th Avenue South

      St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

      By Phone: (727) 824-5305, By FAX: (727) 824-5308


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 30, 2019