(Apr. 30, 2014) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced recreational fishing for gray triggerfish will close in Louisiana waters on May 1, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. and will remain closed until January 1, 2015.
NOAA Fisheries has determined that the annual recreational catch target of 217,000 pounds will soon be met, and the closure is necessary to prevent catch target overruns. NOAA Fisheries will close the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico on May 1, 2014.
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified by NOAA Fisheries or as he deems necessary. This action ensures that regulations in state waters are consistent with regulations for federally managed waters for gray triggerfish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
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