SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
September 2, 2015
Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish Will Close in South Atlantic Waters on September 8, 2015
Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in South Atlantic waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on September 8, 2015. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The 2015 July - December commercial quota is 63,918 pounds whole weight. Reports indicate that landings are approaching the 2015 July - December quota for the commercial sector.
The operator of a vessel with a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper that is landing gray triggerfish for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such gray triggerfish prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), September 8, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), September 8, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
During the closure:
Harvest or possession of gray triggerfish is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
Sale and purchase of gray triggerfish is prohibited.
The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels with a federal South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit.
This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper fishery.
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FB15-065: Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish Will Close in South Atlantic Waters on September 8, 2015