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FB17-025

FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 3, 2017

CONTACT:Kelli O'Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov


NOAA Fisheries Announces the Opening of
the Western, Northern, and Southern (Gillnet component) Zones to
Commercial King Mackerel Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico on
May 11, 2017

                      

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries announces the re-opening of the western, northern, and southern (gillnet component only) Gulf of Mexico zones to commercial king mackerel fishing at 12:01 a.m. local time, May 11, 2017.  NOAA Fisheries will publish a closure notice for each zone when the respective quota is projected to be reached.

WHY THIS RE-OPENING IS HAPPENING:

  • A final rule effective on May 11, 2017, increases the quota for each zone in the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • The western, northern, and southern zones are currently closed because landings reached the old quotas.
  • The increase in the quotas allows additional harvest for the 2016/2017 fishing year, thus NOAA Fisheries is re-opening the zones in the Gulf of Mexico which have available remaining quota to commercial king mackerel fishing.
  • The landings for the southern zone hook-and-line component exceeded the original quota and are at 100 percent of the new quota; thus, only the western, northern, and southern (gillnet component only) zones will re-open. 
  • Beginning May 11, hook-and-line fishing will be prohibited in the Florida Keys, which will now be part of the southern zone in the Gulf year round, and thus is subject to the Gulf of Mexico southern zone hook-and-line component closure.
  • Additional quota information for the 2016/2017 season is as follows:

 

Pounds landed

Old quota

Old quota %

New quota

New quota %

Pounds left

Western

1,114,278

1,071,360

104.00

1,180,000

94.43

65,722

Northern

289,641

178,848

161.95

531,000

54.55

241,359

Southern Hook and Line

619,544

551,448

112.35

619,500

100.01

0

Southern Gillnet

534,892

551,448

97.00

619,500

86.34

84,608

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

                                                       

Where are the zones that will re-open?

 

Why aren’t all of the zones re-opening?

 

What will the quotas be in later fishing years?

Year

Western

Northern

Southern Hook and Line

Southern Gillnet

2016/2017

1,180,000

531,000

619,500

619,500

2017/2018

1,136,000

511,200

596,400

596,400

2018/2019

1,116,000

502,200

585,900

585,900

2019/2020

1,096,000

493,200

575,400

575,400

What is the status of the king mackerel population in the Gulf of Mexico?

 

Related Links and Information can be found on NOAA Fisheries Website:   http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_sa/cmp/2016/am%2026/index.html




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