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Gulf of Mexico Recreational Gray Triggerfish Federal Fishing Season to Close

NOAA Fisheries is closing federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish at 12:01 a.m., local time, February 7, 2015.

Currently, the annual catch limit is 241,200 pounds whole weight (pounds) and the annual catch target is 217,100 pounds. The federal fishing season is closed when the annual catch target is met or projected to be met. However, if the harvest exceeds the annual catch limit during a given year, the amount of the overage is subtracted from the catch limit and catch target the following year.

In 2013, there was a substantial harvest overrun that resulted in the 2014 annual catch target being reduced to 1,658 pounds. NOAA Fisheries closed recreational harvest in federal waters on May 1, 2014. However, several states continued to allow harvest in state waters throughout the remainder of the year. The total recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in 2014 far exceeded the 25,758-pound annual catch limit.

To account for the overage, the 2014 excess catch has been subtracted from the 241,200-pound annual catch limit and 217,000-pound annual catch target, leaving a 2015 catch target of 30,107 pounds.

Gulf of Mexico states may not have regulations allowing simultaneous closures in state waters. Therefore, NOAA Fisheries expects additional harvest to occur in state waters after the federal season closure. This additional catch counts against the catch target. Therefore, NOAA Fisheries is closing gray triggerfish recreational harvest in the Gulf of Mexico at 12:01 a.m. (local time), February 7, 2015.
 

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What a joke. :thumbdown:

We've gone from 12" total length unlimited catch year around to 14" inside fork two per day and 38 days in just a few years. Our government at it's best. :whistling:

I'm glad most of my good trigger fishing spots are in state water. :yes:
 

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I didn't know triggers were open in Federal waters???? I thought when it closed last year it had not reopened, other that state waters. So because Florida and Texas went non compliant they are not even going to have a Fed season? I don't understand how state waters impacts the fed waters? I was out a few weeks ago and the trigger fish were under the boat and we couldn't get a bait down because they were suspended and were plentiful and big!!
 

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Thanks Chris, this really sucks because I checked and could not find it. I could have loaded the boat a few weeks ago and thought it was closed....

crap!!!!
 

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I made this statement on THT and will repeat it here. The only way to end this nonsense is the 2016 elections with a southern ish republican president, blasted yankees have no clue as to what a true conservationist is.
 
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