Gulf Triggerfish Closes June 11

Triggerfish, left, are closed to Gulf of Mexico anglers in federal waters starting June 11.

The recreational take of gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters will close, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time) June 11, 2012, until 12:01 a.m. (local time) January 1, 2013. NOAA Fisheries Service has determined the 2012 recreational quota (annual catch target) of 217,100 pounds whole weight (ww) of gray triggerfish will be caught by this date.

During the closure:

Recreational take or possession of gray triggerfish is prohibited. The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a valid Gulf of Mexico reef fish charter/headboat permit. This stock is considered overfished (the population is too low) and undergoing overfishing (too many are being caught each year).

Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish for the 2012 fishing year are being closely monitored. As of May 8, 2012, approximately 64 percent of the 60,900 pounds ww quota has been landed. The commercial sector will be closed to fishing for gray triggerfish once the commercial quota (annual catch target) is projected to be harvested.