Gulf of Mexico Recreational Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack 2018 Fishing Season

December 29, 2017

FB17-082 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin: For more information, contact: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov

What/When:

  • The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters will open 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2018, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 16, 2018. Recreational triggerfish harvest will reopen on March 1, 2018.
  • The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters will open 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2018, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 27, 2018.  A recent rule would keep fishing closed until July 1; however, another rule is being developed that would set spring and fall seasons.  NOAA  Fisheries will publish a Fishery Bulletin announcing the opening dates later in 2018.

 

Why This Closure is Happening:

  • Gray triggerfish are currently considered overfished (population is too low).  Greater amberjack are currently considered overfished and overfishing (too many fish are being removed) is occurring.  The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recommended these actions to rebuild the populations.
  • The final rule to modify the gray triggerfish rebuilding plan will be effective January 16, 2018.  This final rule implements a recreational fixed closed season of January 1 through the end of February.  However, because the effective date is after January 1, the season closure for 2018 cannot begin until January 16.
  • The final rule to modify greater amberjack allowable harvest and rebuilding plan will be effective January 27, 2018.  This final rule implements a recreational fixed closed season of January 1 through June 30.  However, because the effective date is after January 1, the season closure for 2018 cannot begin until January 27.  The fixed closed season is a short-term measure while a new rule is being developed to set spring and fall seasons.

 

During the Closure:


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Where can I find more information?


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Other contacts:
Media: Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707
           Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 

 

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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 13, 2019