Amberjack and triggerfish to close

Special to The Log

Amberjack and triggerfish will be closing as of June 1, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at 12:01 a.m., local time on June 1. The recreational seasons for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish close annually from June 1 through July 31.

NOAA Fisheries will review the recreational landings for both species and compare them against their respective annual catch targets to determine if either recreational season will be re-opened on Aug. 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., local time, as scheduled.

During the closure, harvest of both the greater amberjack and gray triggerfish is prohibited. The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a valid Gulf of Mexico reef fish charter/headboat permit.

This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack and gray triggerfish fishery. The greater amberjack and gray triggerfish populations are considered overfished (the population is too low), but are no longer undergoing overfishing (rate of removal is too high).