Gulf Stock Characteristics

Current Federal Regulations:

Quota: 

    • Stock ACL – 11,300,000 pounds

Fishing Year:

    • April through March

Recreational:

Sale of recreational bag limit of Spanish mackerel permitted when harvested on board a vessel operating as a for-hire vessel that possesses both Federal charter/headboat permit for coastal migratory pelagics and commercial permit for Spanish mackerel. Spanish mackerel harvested in a state-permitted tournament may not be sold for profit by may be donated to a permitted dealer

Commercial:

    • Season:  Open year-round. If landings reach the stock ACL, harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
    • Minimum Size:  12 inches fork length except a vessel fishing under a quota for Spanish mackerel may possess no more than 5%, by weight, of undersized Spanish mackerel. Cut-off (damaged) Spanish mackerel that comply with minimum size limits and trip limits may be possessed on vessels operating under trip limits and sold.
    • Trip Limit:  none
    • Permit:  Commercial vessel permit for Spanish mackerel is required.
    • Gear: All authorized gear permitted except drift gillnet, long gillnet, and purse sein. The minimum allowable mesh size for gillnet used for Spanish mackerel in the Gulf is 3.5 inches.

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Landings Summary