SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
(Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic)
February 19, 2015
Closure of the Southern Florida West Coast Subzone to King Mackerel Gillnet Fishing
The king mackerel commercial run-around gillnet component of the coastal migratory pelagic fishery in the southern Florida west coast subzone is closed, effective 12:01 p.m. (noon, local time) February 20, 2015, through 6 a.m. (local time) January 19, 2016. NOAA Fisheries has determined landings are approaching the 551,448-pound commercial quota.
From November 1 through March 31, the southern subzone is that part of the Florida west coast off Collier and Monroe Counties, Florida. Beginning April 1, the southern subzone is reduced to the area off Collier County, Florida, and Monroe County is considered part of the Atlantic group.
No person aboard a vessel with a commercial king mackerel permit with a gillnet endorsement may fish for king mackerel using a run-around gillnet in the closed subzone after 12:01 p.m. on February 20, 2015. All king mackerel harvested using gillnets must be landed ashore and sold before this time. Also, no one on board a vessel possessing a gillnet with a stretched-mesh size of 4.75 inches (12.1 cm) or larger may fish for or possess king mackerel in this zone during the closure. The hook-and-line component of the fishery remains open in this subzone at this time.
During the closure, no king mackerel caught in the closed subzone using a gillnet may be purchased, bartered, traded, or sold. The prohibition on sale or purchase, however, does not apply to trade in king mackerel that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold before 12:01 p.m., February 20, 2015, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
For a person aboard a vessel to use a run-around gillnet for king mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone, a commercial vessel permit for king mackerel and a king mackerel gillnet endorsement must have been issued to the vessel and must be on board. A vessel for which a king mackerel gillnet endorsement has been issued may not retain king mackerel in or from federal waters harvested with any other gear.
This summary is not a substitute for the actual regulations. We encourage you to read the full text of the regulations, available at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.
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FB15-014: Closure of the Southern Florida West Coast Subzone to King Mackerel Gillnet Fishing