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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico Will Close November 18
WHAT/WHEN/WHERE:
Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on November 18, 2017.
Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2018.

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:
The 2017 commercial quota is 60,900 pounds. Updated landings data indicate that the harvest of gray triggerfish will reach the quota by November 18, 2017.
As a result, commercial harvest will close in federal waters at 12:01 am (local time) on November 18, 2017, and will remain closed until 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2018.
This closure is necessary to protect the gray triggerfish resource. This population is currently considered overfished (the population is too low).


DURING THE CLOSURE:
No commercial fisherman may fish for or keep gray triggerfish after 12:01 a.m. on November 18, 2017.
The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a valid Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish permit.
Sale or purchase of any harvested gray triggerfish in or from federal waters is prohibited.
The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to trade in gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold before 12:01 a.m., November 18, 2017, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

About Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.



Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Emily Muehlstein
Public Information Officer
888-833-1844 ext. 238

CONTACT: Kelli O'Donnell, 727-824-5305, Kelli.ODonnell@NOAA.gov


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