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Review of the Tortugas pink shrimp fishery from May 1985 to December 1986
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    Southeast Fisheries Center (U.S.), Galveston Laboratory, ; Southeast Fisheries Center (U.S.) ;
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    "The Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery Management Plan established an area commonly known as the Tortugas shrimp sanctuary off south Florida in May 1981 (Fig. 1). The goal of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in establishing the sanctuary was to protect small, undersized shrimp from being fished and to increase and optimize the overall poundage yield from the fishery. This decision was based on scientific evidence that showed the sanctuary area to be the nursery ground for the Tortugas stock of the pink shrimp Penaeus duorarurn, and that the poundage yield of offshore pink shrimp would be greater if harvest was delayed until shrimp were larger than minimum legal size in Florida (69 tails per pound) (Lindner, 1965: Berry, 1970). Since May 1981, the whole sanctuary has been closed to trawling, with the exception of a small region locally known as the "toe area", which was reopened for a brief period (April 1983 through August 1984) to evaluate the effects (Klima and Patella, 1986). This paper reviews the characteristics of the Tortugas fishery from May 1985 to December 1986 and compares results with historical data. Deviations from historical averages are discussed in light of the established sanctuary. Current trends with regards to the Tortugas fishery also are discussed"--Introduction.

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