NOAA cuts king mackerel catch

27 Oct 2010

King mackerel trip limits have been reduced to 500 pounds per day for commercial vessels fishing in the northern Florida west coast subzone.

The new limits come into force at 12.01am local time on 26 October 2010 for commercial vessels fishing for Gulf group king mackerel in the northern Florida west coast subzone.

NOAA Fisheries Service is reducing the trip limit after determining 75% of the 168,750-pound quota has been taken.

The northern Florida west coast subzone is located in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico north of 26°19.8' N lat (a line directly west from the Lee/Collier County, Florida boundary) and east of 87°31.1' W long (a line directly south from the Alabama/Florida boundary).

The 500-pound daily trip limit will remain in effect for the northern subzone until the quota is reached or through the end of the fishing year, 30 June 2011, whichever occurs first.

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