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Review of the Tortugas pink shrimp fishery from May 1987 to January 1989
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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 this no shrimping zone was to avoid the removal of small shrimp, with the objective of increasing 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 duorarum, and that the 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) (Linder, 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 has been reopened during two brief periods. The purpose of the initial opening (April 1983 through August 1984) was to evaluate the effects of trawling in this area (Klima and Patella, 1986). The recent opening (November 1988 through January 1989) allowed fishermen more access to a reduced pink shrimp stock (Nance and Patella, 1988). This paper reviews the characteristics of the Tortugas fishery from May 1987 to January 1989 (biological year 1987 and part of 1988) 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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