Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan

Photo: Capt. Troy Frady

We want to know what you think about a few gray triggerfish regulation changes that are being considered. In the next few weeks we are hosting public hearings where you will have an opportunity to share with us what management options you prefer.

Last year, an assessment of the gray triggerfish stock concluded that the population was not as healthy as we had hoped. It was determined that gray triggerfish is:
  •          Overfished- there are not enough fish
  •          Experiencing overfishing- we are catching fish faster than they can reproduce

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this news about gray triggerfish. A 2006 stock assessment told us the same thing and back then, we developed a management plan that aimed to rebuild the gray triggerfish stock by 2013. However, the most recent assessment is telling us that the stock is not rebuilding as it was expected to, so we’re considering making some changes to help the stock grow to a healthy size.
Photo: Steven Cone

In this amendment we’re considering:
  • ·      Changing the current rebuilding plan
  • ·      Establishing a commercial closed season
  • ·      Establishing a commercial trip limit
  • ·      Establishing a recreational closed season
  • ·      Establishing a triggerfish–specific recreational bag limit .
  • ·      Allowing NOAA Fisheries to close the fishery if the Annual Catch Target is reached

If you would like to learn more about the proposed changes read this short guide to Amendment 37 or watch this video presentation:

We value your opinions and hope you can join us at one of these public hearing meetings:

October 15, 2012
Destin, Florida
Country Inn & Suites
4415 Commons Dr. E.
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 650-9191

Naples, Florida
Courtyard Marriott
3250 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34103
(239) 434-8700

October 16, 2012
St.Petersburg, Florida
Sirata Hotel
5300 Gulf Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33706
(727) 363-5100

Gulf Shores, Alabama
Holiday Inn Express
160 W. Commerce Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-6191

October 17, 2012
D’Iberville, Mississippi
Courtyard Marriott
11471 Cinema Drive
D'Iberville, MS 39540
(228) 392-1200

Galveston, Texas
Hilton Galveston
5400 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 744-5000

October 18, 2012
Corpus Christi, Texas
Harte Institute
6300 Ocean Dr., Rm 127
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-2000

Kenner, Louisiana
Crowne Plaza Airport
2829 W. Williams Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 467-5611
*All meetings begin at 6pm

If you don’t think you’ll be able to make it in person please send us a comment using this electronic comment form.

Thanks for taking the time to help us make these important fishery management decisions. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch