King mackerel fishery closes 5 Feb

04 Feb 2015

The southern subzone of the Gulf of Mexico will be closed to commercial hook-and-line fishing for king mackerel from 12:01am on 5 February 2015, as the commercial quota of 551,448 pounds for this subzone has be reached.

From 1 November - 31 March, the southern subzone is that part of the Florida west coast off Collier and Monroe Counties. Beginning 1 April, the southern subzone is reduced to the area off Collier County, Florida, and Monroe County is considered part of the Atlantic group.

During the closure, commercial fisherman are not allowed to fish for or keep king mackerel in or from the closed zone. There is an exception for people aboard a vessel that has a charter/headboat permit for coastal migratory pelagic fish and a commercial king mackerel permit.

During the closure, no king mackerel caught in the closed zone may be bought, sold, or traded. This includes recreational and tournament-caught fish. King mackerel that were traded or sold before the closure and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor can still be sold.

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