This is a publication of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council pursuant to National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Award No. NA87FC0003.
CONTACT: WAYNE SWINGLE
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED ON PROPOSED FEDERAL RULES REGULATING
KING AND SPANISH MACKEREL RESOURCES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Tampa, Florida - February 11, 1998 - The Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management
Councils will hold a public hearing on Draft Amendment 9 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics
(Mackerel) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) that includes proposed federal rules for fisheries for
king and Spanish mackerel. The public hearing will be held February 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00
p.m. at the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, 201 5th Street, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. The
following is a summary of the issues addressed by the amendment:
Amendment 9 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics (Mackerel) FMP
- Possible changes to the fishing year for Gulf group king mackerel - currently July 1.
- Possible prohibitions of sale of mackerel caught under the recreational allocation.
- Possible reallocations of total allowable catch (TAC) for the commercial fishery for Gulf
group king mackerel in the Eastern Zone (Florida east coast and Florida west coast) to 45
percent for the east coast and 55 percent for the west coast - currently 50/50 split.
- Possible reallocations of TAC for Gulf group king mackerel between the recreational and
commercial sectors to 70 percent recreational and 30 percent commercial - currently 68
percent and 32 percent, respectively.
- Possible establishment of two (2) subdivisions of TAC for the commercial, hook-and-line
allocation of Gulf group king mackerel by area for the Florida west coast and base
allocations on historical catches from the 1992-93 fishing year through the 1996-97 fishing
year, excepting the 1994-95 fishing year.
- Possible subdivisions of TAC for Gulf group king mackerel in the Western Zone (Alabama
through Texas) by area, season, or a combination of area and season.
- Possible trip limits for vessels fishing for Gulf group king mackerel in the Western Zone.
- Possible additional restrictions on the use of net gear to harvest Gulf group king mackerel
off the Florida west coast; including a phase-out, a moratorium on additional net
endorsements with requirements for continuing existing net endorsements, restrictions on
the transferability of net endorsements, and restriction of the use of nets to primarily the
waters off Monroe and Collier Counties.
- Possible increase in the minimum size limit for Gulf group king mackerel to 24 or 26
inches fork length - currently 20 inches fork length.
- Possible re-establishment of an annual allocation or a TAC percentage of Gulf group
Spanish mackerel for the purse seine fishery with consideration of trip limits and area
- Possible retention and sale of cut-off (damaged) legal-sized king and Spanish mackerel
within established trip limits.
Copies of the amendments can be obtained by calling 813-228-2815.
The meetings are open to the public and is physically accessible to people with disabilities.
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council
office by February 19, 1998.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 regional fishery management councils
that were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of
1976. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council prepares fishery management plans that
are designed to manage fishery resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.