3/24/16 – NOAA Fisheries – FB16-024: Reminder of Boundary Shifts, Commercial Quotas, and Trip Limits for King Mackerel

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic) 

 

FB16-024

 

Susan Gerhart  

727-824-5305   

 

March 24, 2016     

 

Reminder of Boundary Shifts, Commercial Quotas, and Trip Limits for King Mackerel

King mackerel are divided into two migratory groups: the Gulf and Atlantic groups. The groups are divided into zones and subzones, and each group, zone, and subzone may have a separate quota and trip limit. The boundary between the Gulf and Atlantic groups shifts south on April 1 and north on November 1 of each year. Please see maps and charts on page 2.

Atlantic Group King Mackerel Zones

Northern Zone

The Northern Zone is from the North Carolina/South Carolina state line north to the intersection point of New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This area has a 3,500-pound per day trip limit year-round.

Southern Zone

From April through October, the Southern Zone is from the North Carolina/South Carolina state line south to the Monroe/Collier County line on Florida's west coast, which is the boundary between the Gulf and Atlantic groups during that period.

From November through March, the Southern Zone only extends south to the Flagler/Volusia County line because the boundary between Gulf and Atlantic groups shifts east and north on November 1. South of the Flagler/Volusia County line, fish are considered to be part of the Gulf group during this time (see below). The fishing year for Atlantic group king mackerel begins March 1, but the east coast of Florida, south of the Flagler/Volusia County line, remains part of the Gulf group until April 1, when the boundary shifts back to the Monroe/Collier County line.

During April through October, the trip limit in the Southern Zone from the North Carolina/South Carolina state line south to the Volusia/Brevard County line is 3,500 pounds per day. The trip limit for the area south of the Volusia/Brevard County line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line is 75 fish per day. The trip limit off Monroe County is 1,250 pounds per day.

Gulf Group King Mackerel Zones and Subzones

Western Zone

The Western Zone includes waters off Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and has a trip limit of 3,000 pounds per day year-round. This zone closed November 17, 2015, and will reopen July 1, 2016.

Eastern Zone/Florida West Coast

The Eastern Zone includes waters off Florida's west and east coasts. The west coast is divided into Northern and Southern Subzones.

The Northern Subzone extends east and south from the Florida/Alabama state line to the Lee/Collier County line. This subzone closed November 28, 2015, and will reopen October 1, 2016.

From November through March, the Southern Subzone extends south and east from the Lee/Collier County line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line. With the April boundary shift between the Gulf and Atlantic groups to the Monroe/Collier County line, the Southern Subzone for the Gulf group is reduced to the area off Collier County, and Monroe County becomes part of the Atlantic group. The quota for the Southern Subzone is divided equally between the hook-and-line and gillnet components. The hook-and-line component closes March 27, 2016, and will reopen July 1, 2016. The gillnet component closed March 11, 2016, and will reopen January 17, 2017.

Both the Northern and Southern Subzones have a hook-and-line trip limit of 1,250 pounds per day. The gillnet component in the Southern Subzone has a trip limit of 45,000 pounds per day.

Eastern Zone/Florida East Coast (Mixing Zone)

From November through March, fish harvested south of the Flagler/Volusia County line to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line are considered to be Gulf group king mackerel. The trip limit for this Florida East Coast Subzone during this time period is 50 fish per day, until March 1, when the trip limit increase to 75 fish per day, if 70 percent of the quota has not been reached.

This subzone did not close. The area will become part of the Atlantic group when the boundary shifts April 1.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Summary:

King mackerel are divided into two migratory groups: the Gulf and Atlantic groups. The groups are divided into zones and subzones, and each group, zone, and subzone may have a separate quota and trip limit. The boundary between the Gulf and Atlantic groups shifts south on April 1 and north on November 1 of each year.