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Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 20A: Sale and Permit Provisions

  

Amendment 20A prohibits the sale of king and Spanish mackerel caught under the bag limit in each region except under limited circumstances.  For the Gulf of Mexico, the amendment prohibits the sale of king and Spanish mackerel caught under the bag limit unless those fish are either caught on a for-hire trip and the vessel has both a for-hire and commercial vessel permit, or the fish are caught as part of a state-permitted tournament and the proceeds from the sale are donated to charity.  For the Atlantic region, the amendment prohibits the sale of king and Spanish mackerel caught under the bag limit unless the fish are caught as part of a state-permitted tournament and the proceeds from the sale are donated to charity. 

In addition, the amendment removes the income qualification requirement for king and Spanish mackerel commercial permits.  This action will not affect the number of king mackerel permits, which are limited access, but could increase the number of Spanish mackerel permits, which are open access.

Effective July 16, 2014.

 

To reach the Sustainable Fisheries Branch staff, please call 727-824-5305.

Point of Contact:
Susan Gerhart
Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov