Review of the 1987 Texas closure for the shrimp fishery off Texas and Louisiana.
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The purposes of this report are to provide information to determine how well the objectives of the Texas Closure Regulation were achieved in 1986 and 1987 and to determine if a 15 nautical mile closure meets all the objectives of the Closure Regulation as effectively as a 200 nautical mile closure. 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 May 1986 to August 1987. The report also discusses the social and economic impact experienced by not only the shrimp fishermen, but the shrimp industry in general along the Gulf of Mexico coasts during the closure period.