Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on November 26, 2019

November 21, 2019

FB19-074 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Kelli O’Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov

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WHAT/WHEN/WHERE:

  • Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on November 26, 2019.  
  • Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2020.  

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The 2019 adjusted commercial quota is 60,298 pounds.  Updated landings data indicate that the harvest of gray triggerfish is rapidly approaching the quota.
  • In accordance with the regulations, NOAA Fisheries must close commercial harvest for gray triggerfish when the quota has been met or is projected to be met.
  • As a result, commercial harvest for gray triggerfish will close in federal waters at 12:01 am (local time) on November 26, 2019, and will remain closed until 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2020.
  • This closure is necessary to protect the gray triggerfish resource. 

 

DURING THE CLOSURE:

  • No commercial fisherman may fish for or keep gray triggerfish after 12:01 a.m. on November 26, 2019.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a valid Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish permit.
  • Sale or purchase of any harvested gray triggerfish in or from federal waters is prohibited.
  • The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to trade in gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold before 12:01 a.m., November 26, 2019, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on November 21, 2019