Changes coming April 1 for Monroe County commercial king mackerel harvesters
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943
Commercial king mackerel fishers harvesting from waters off Monroe County will be able to land and sell their harvest in Collier County from April 1 through June 30, when the waters off Collier County are usually closed to harvest.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission adopted the changes at the February Commission meeting.
When the waters off Collier County are closed to king mackerel harvest, fishermen may not land their fish there. Currently, there are also no places to land and sell their fish in the area closest to where they have been fishing – mainland Monroe County. Therefore, commercial fishermen harvesting king mackerel from Monroe County waters must travel to the Florida Keys to sell their fish. The cost of traveling this extra distance is an economic hardship for many of these fishermen. The change will allow these fishermen to travel a shorter distance to sell their catch, which not only will mean less economic hardship, it also will mean fresher fish that can be processed sooner at the market.
To learn more about these management changes, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings” and then “Agenda.”