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the stock is both overfished and experiencing
into place to temporarily reduce overfishing until long-term management
measures can be developed. The interim rule reduces the triggerfish Annual
Catch Limit and Annual Catch Target, and if the Annual Catch Target is met the
fishery can be closed for the rest of the year.
Management Plan (Amendment 37) that will permanently adjust the gray
triggerfish Annual Catch Limit and Annual Catch Target once the interim rule
expires. Amendment 37 also
considers making changes to commercial size limits and trip limits, and
recreational size limits, seasons, and bag limits to keep triggerfish harvest
inline with stock rebuilding goals. The document can be found here.
of your seat and want to know more….
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was experiencing overfishing. The Council developed a rebuilding plan for gray
triggerfish in reef fish Amendment 30A that aimed to rebuild the stock in 10
years (by 2017). Unfortunately, the latest gray triggerfish stock assessment
concluded that the stock was still experiencing overfishing and the stock is
gray triggerfish Acceptable Biological Catch be set at 305,300 pounds. The current
stock Annual Catch Limit (the amount of fish that can be harvested each year)
is more than twice as high (659,000 pounds) as the Acceptable Biological Catch,
and must be reduced.
and Annual Catch Targets for each sector. The Acceptable Biological Catch will
be allocated 79% recreational and 21% commercial, resulting in the following
Annual Catch Limit
Annual Catch Target
the commercial and recreational landings of gray triggerfish from 1981 through
|Commercial and recreational landings of gray triggerfish from 1981 to 2010
triggerfish have declined. In 2009 a total of 482,000 pounds were harvested and
in 2010 a total of 352,000 pounds were harvested.
considers making a number of changes to triggerfish management including:
|Photo: Troy Frady
Shortening the current rebuilding plan
Increasing the commercial minimum size limit
Establishing a commercial closed season
Establishing a commercial trip limit
Increasing the recreational minimum size limit
Establishing a recreational closed season
Establishing a triggerfish-specific recreational
Enabling NOAA Fisheries to close the fishery if
the Annual Catch Target is reached
August, and public hearings are expected to take place in September.