Gulf Stock Characteristics

Current Federal Regulations:


    • Stock ACL – 11,300,000 pounds

Fishing Year:

    • April through March


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


    • 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.


Life History and Distribution:

Landings Summary