Commercial Spanish mackerel fishery closed for federal waters; remains open in state waters

Published 5:06 pm Saturday, July 2, 2022

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NOAA’s Fishery Bulletin FB22-034 closed the commercial harvest of Atlantic migratory group Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the northern zone at a minute after midnight on June 21, 2022.

The fishery will reopen March 1, 2023.

The northern zone for Atlantic Spanish mackerel includes federal waters from North Carolina through New York.

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North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation is different for commercial harvest of Spanish mackerel

The state’s proclamation FF-35-2022 sets a harvest period for the commercial Spanish mackerel fishery in North Carolina Coastal Fishing Waters and implements a 500-pound possession limit. The fishery opened June 21 and will remain open while the federal fishery is closed.

The state’s fishery will close by proclamation once the total annual catch limit is projected to be reached, or 8 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2022, whichever occurs first.