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Review of the 1984 Texas closure for the shrimp fishery off Texas and Louisiana
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    Southeast Fisheries Center (U.S.), Galveston Laboratory. ; Southeast Fisheries Center (U.S.) ;
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    "The implementation of the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery management plan (FMP) in May 1981 permitted, for the first time, closure of the brown shrimp fishery from the coastline to 200 miles off the Texas coast and was in effect from 22 May to 15 July 1981. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) agreed to continue the seasonal closure of the brown shrimp fishery off the Texas coast in 1982, 1983 and again in 1984. The 1984 Texas Closure was implemented from 16 May to 6 July. The objectives of the Texas closure management measure are to increase the yield of shrimp and to eliminate waste caused by discard of undersized shrimp in the fishery conservation zone (FCZ). According to the FMP, shrimp yield would be increased by protecting shrimp from fishing during the period when they are pre- dominantly small and are growing rapidly. Discards would be reduced by eliminating the count restriction in order to allow all shrimp caught to be landed. The purpose of this report is to provide information to determine how well the objectives of the Texas closure regulations were achieved in 1983 and 1984. This report reviews and analyzes the characteristics of the Texas and Louisiana fisheries west of the Mississippi River and describes the catch, fishing effort, relative abundance and recruitment to the offshore fishery from June 1983 to August 1984"--Introduction.

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