Mackerel, Spanish

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Very good, but may contain elevated mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    A person who is on a trip that spans more than 24 hours may possess no more than two daily bag limits, provided: such trip is aboard a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat; the vessel has two licensed operators aboard; and each passenger is issued and has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel that verifies the length of the trip.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    Northern Zone (NC-NY) CLOSED effective November 4, 2018. Reopens March 1, 2019.
    Southern Zone (SC-FL to Monroe-Dade County line) OPEN
    Minimum Size: 12 inches fork length
    Trip Limit: Atlantic Spanish mackerel catches are divided into a Northern zone (NC through the Mid-Atlantic) and a Southern zone (SC, GA, and FL east coast to Dade-Monroe county line) zone.
    Northern zone, the trip limit is 3,500 pounds per vessel/day.
    Southern zone, the trip limit is 3,500 pounds per vessel/day.

    Trip Limit step down as prescribed:
    When 75% of adjusted Southern Zone quota is met or projected to be met, the trip limit would be reduced to 1,500 lbs.
    When 100% of adjusted Southern Zone quota is met or projected to be met, the trip limit is reduced to 500 lbs until the end of the fishing year or until the Southern Zone commercial quota is met or projected to be met, at which time the commercial sector in the Southern Zone would be closed to harvest of Spanish mackerel.
    Season opens March 1 and closes end of February or when quota is filled.
    Must be landed with heads and fins intact.
    Annual permit required.
    Authorized gear: automatic reel, bandit gear, handline, rod & reel, cast net, run around gill net and stab net. Minimum size of 3.5 inch stretch mesh required for all run around gill nets.
    Purse seines and drift gill nets are prohibited.
    To reduce waste in the fishery, possession of cut-off king and Spanish mackerel that comply with the minimum size limits and the trip limits will be allowed in the Atlantic EEZ. Sale of such cut-off fish will be allowed. This is an addition to the existing allowance for possession and retention of a maximum of 5 cut-off king mackerel that are not subject to the size or trip limits, but that cannot be sold or purchased, nor counted against the trip limit.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: SAFMC Spanish Mackerel Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
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    Commercial Regulations
    12 inch minimum size limit (fork length).

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    Transfer of Spanish Mackerel to other vessels at sea is prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Additional Notes
    Transfer of Spanish Mackerel to other vessels at sea is prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net for seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Additional Notes
    No established size limit. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open season all year.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Citation 4 lbs or 26 inches

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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