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Review of the Tortugas pink shrimp fishery from May 1984 to December 1985
  • Published Date:
    1986
Filetype[PDF - 2.04 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Southeast Fisheries Center (U.S.), Galveston Laboratory, ; Southeast Fisheries Center (U.S.) ;
  • Series:
    NOAA technical memorandum NMFS-SEFC ; 177
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    Commercial pink shrimp fishing data from the Tortugas fishery were reviewed for biological year 1984 (May 1984-April 1985) and the first 8 months of biological year 1985 (May 1985-December 1985). Pink shrimp landings were just over-11.0 million pounds in biological year 1984 with 17,000 days of fishing expended. This computed to a CPUE value of 643 pounds per day. Pink shrimp landings for biological year 1985 are estimated to be around 9 million pounds with 15,000 days of fishing expended. The predicted CPUE value for 1985 should be around 600 pounds per day. Biological year 1984 experienced two extended periods of pink shrimp recruitment into the Tortugas fishing grounds. Spring recruit- ment was from May through July, with winter recruitment running from January through April. Only September has shown any abundance of small recruiting pink shrimp so far during biological year 1985. The Tortugas sanctuary had a positive impact on the Tortugas pink shrimp fishery during the 1984 fishing year. Large numbers of small shrimp were caught during biological year 1984 when part of the sanc- tuary was opened to fishing. once this area was again closed to fishing, mostly larger sized shrimp were caught. It is therefore our conclusion that the Tortugas sanctuary has met the objectives of the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery Management Plan to protect small shrimp and thus increase the yield in the Tortugas pink shrimp fishery.

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