Commercial Closure for Gray Triggerfish in South Atlantic Federal Waters on November 6, 2018

November 01, 2018

FB18-074: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305

WHAT/WHEN:

The commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in South Atlantic federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 6, 2018, and will open on January 1, 2019, for the 2019 January through June fishing season.  During the commercial closure, harvest or possession of gray triggerfish in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits when the recreational sector is open.

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

The 2018 July-December commercial catch limit is 156,162 pounds whole weight.  Commercial landings are projected to reach the 2018 July-December commercial catch limit on November 6, 2018.  According to the accountability measure, harvest must close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded. 

 

AFTER THE CLOSURE:

  • The closure and prohibition on sale applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.
  • The prohibition on sale or purchase during a closure for gray triggerfish does not apply to fish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 6, 2018, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

 

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6#se50.12.622_1190. 


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on November 01, 2018