Commercial harvest of king mackerel in federal waters of the Western Zone will close at 12:00 pm, central time, on November 21, 2019.
Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 am, central time, on July 1, 2020
WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:
The 2019/2020 commercial Western Zone quota is 1,096,000 pounds. Updated landings data indicate that the harvest of king mackerel in this zone will reach the quota by November 21, 2019.
In accordance with regulations, NOAA Fisheries is required to close a fishery when the quota has been met. This closure is needed to prevent overfishing of this species. Overfishing is when the annual catch rate is too high.
DURING THE CLOSURE:
A person on board a vessel that has been issued a valid federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for coastal migratory pelagic fish may continue to retain the 3-fish per person daily king mackerel recreational bag limit, as long as the recreational sector for Gulf king mackerel is open.
Sale or purchase of any harvested king mackerel in or from federal waters in the Western Zone is prohibited.
The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to trade in king mackerel that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold before 12:00 pm, central time, November 21, 2019, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.