King mackerel fishery closure

19 Sep 2013

The Western Zone of the Gulf of Mexico will be closed to commercial fishing for king mackerel at 12:00 noon (local time) on 20 September 2013, as the commercial quota is expected to have been reached by then.

The Western Zone is from the US/Mexico border to the Alabama/Florida boundary. Gulf states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) are expected to close adjoining state waters at the same time.

During the closure, no commercial fisherman is permitted 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, but king mackerel that were traded or sold before the closure and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor may still be sold.

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