NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico. This rule increases the commercial trip limit from 16 to 25 triggerfish.
When Will the Rule Take Effect?
- The final rule will be effective September 1, 2023.
What This Means:
- The current gray triggerfish trip limit is 16 gray triggerfish.
- The final rule increases the trip limit to 25 gray triggerfish.
- This rule only affects the commercial sector and does not affect the recreational season or bag limits.
FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 88 FR 50063, published August 1, 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is the trip limit being increased?
- Since implementation of the 16-fish trip limit in 2018, landings have been below the commercial catch limit, with the exception of 2018 when 100.9% of the catch limit was landed.
- Additionally, since the most recent catch limit increase in 2021, commercial landings have been approximately half of the sector’s catch target and less than half of the sector’s catch limit.
- Commercial fishermen requested the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council increase the trip limit so they have a chance to harvest the annual catch target.
- This action increases the trip limit from 16 fish to 25 fish.
- Although it is estimated that the trip limit increase would increase landings by 33 percent, projections indicate the commercial season would stay open throughout the year with the exception of the fixed June 1 through July 31 season closure.
Where can I find more information on the
- Contact NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
By Mail: Peter Hood
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505
By FAX: (727) 824-5308
By Phone: (727) 824-5305
- The Gray Triggerfish Commercial Trip Limit Framework may be found online at the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office website at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/modification-gray-triggerfish-commercial-trip-limits?check_logged_in=1.
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