06/11/18 – NOAA Fisheries – FB18-038: Commercial Closure of Gray Triggerfish in South Atlantic Federal Waters on June 13, 2018

South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin 
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FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: June 8, 2018

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Commercial Closure for Gray Triggerfish in South Atlantic Federal Waters on June 13, 2018 
WHAT/WHEN:
The commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in South Atlantic federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 13, 2018. During the commercial closure, harvest or possession of gray triggerfish in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits when the recreational sector is open.
WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:
  • The 2018 January through June commercial catch limit is 156,162 pounds whole weight. Commercial landings are projected to reach the January through June commercial catch limit on June 13, 2018.  According to the accountability measure, harvest must close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded.
AFTER THE CLOSURE:
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.
  • The prohibition on sale or purchase during a closure for gray triggerfish does not apply to fish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 13, 2018, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
  • The commercial gray triggerfish July through December fishing season in the South Atlantic will open on July 1, 2018, with a catch limit of 156,162 pounds whole weight.
This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6#se50.12.622_1190.
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