Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close on October 7, 2018

October 05, 2018

FB18-066 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Lauren Waters, 727-524-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov

WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: 

  • Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on October 7, 2018.
  • Commercial harvest will remain closed through the end of the year.

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The 2018 commercial quota is 60,900 pounds.  Data indicate that commercial landings of gray triggerfish met the quota.  
  • In accordance with the regulations, NOAA Fisheries must close a fishery when the quota has been met. This closure is needed to prevent overfishing of this species.
  • Overfishing is defined as too many fish being caught each year.
  • As a result, commercial harvest will close in federal waters of the Gulf at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 7, 2018, and will remain closed through the end of the year, and will reopen at 12:01am, local time, on January 1, 2019.

 

DURING THE CLOSURE:

  • No commercial fisherman may fish for or keep gray triggerfish after 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 7, 2018.
  • 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., local time, October 7, 2018, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on October 11, 2018