Gray Triggerfish (Balistes capriscus)

Gray Triggerfish (Balistes capriscus)

Scientific Name

Balistes capriscus

Regulations

Recreational Commercial
Season Open March and April.

Closed as of 12:01 am, local time, on May 2, 2020

Open September 1 – 12:01 AM, October 26, 2020.

Regular season is March 1 – May 31, August 1 – December 31; If landings reach the commercial ACT harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.

Season January 1 – May 31, August 1 – December 31; If landings reach the commercial ACT harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
Minimum Size Limit 15 inches fork length Minimum Size Limit 14 inches fork length
Bag Limit 1 fish per person within the 20-reef fish aggregate bag limit which includes vermilion snapper, lane snapper, gray triggerfish, almaco jack, golden tilefish, goldface tilefish, and blueline tilefish. Trip Limit 16 fish
Permit State issued recreational license/angler registry, federal angler registry or Federal charter/headboat permit for reef fish Permit Commercial vessel permit for reef fish is required.
Gear Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks. Gear Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks.

Common Name

Leatherjacket

Stock Status

Overfishing – Yes

Overfished – No (rebuilding)

Stock Assessment

SEDAR 62 to be continued

SEDAR 43

Harvest Limits

Sector Annual Catch Limit Annual Catch Target
Stock  305,300 pounds
Commercial    64,100 pounds    60,900 pounds
Recreational  241,200 pounds  217,100 pounds

Allocation

Gray Triggerfish ACL Pie Chart