Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

The closure of the gray triggerfish season in 2017 is bad news to fishermen in both state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

But the closure also signals that perhaps the rebuilding plan that was put in place for gray triggerfish population nearly a decade ago may actually be working.

“In a sense, we may be seeing the rebuilding plan finally starting to have a positive impact and helping to recover the stock,” said Dr. Roy Crabtree, a regional administrator with NOAA.

Read more in the Dec. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe online for as little as $38 per year.

Triggerfish continue to be overfished in state and federal waters.

Triggerfish continue to be overfished in state and federal waters.

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