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Rec. Amberjack Season

Old 03-20-2019, 08:18 AM
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Default Rec. Amberjack Season

Just got an alert that the season will open August 1, 2019.

AND triggerfish will close My 11.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:10 AM
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Such b.s. they better give us a generous fed snapper season but I'm not expecting that either.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:28 AM
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Pisses me off. We are going to Venice in May with the plan of catching AJs and redfish.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:02 PM
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his NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy:

FB19-016
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 20, 2019
CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov



WHAT/WHEN/WHERE:
  • Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on May 11, 2019. The 2020 recreational fishing year begins January 1, 2020. Recreational harvest will reopen March 1, 2020, following the January and February annual closure.
  • Recreational harvest of greater amberjack is currently closed and will not re-open May 1, 2019. Fishing will be allowed beginning August, 1, 2019, the start of the 2019/2020 fishing year.
  • In accordance with the regulations, NOAA Fisheries must close a fishery when the annual catch target has been or is projected to be met. These closures are needed to prevent overfishing of the species (annual catch rate is too high).
WHY THESE CLOSURES ARE HAPPENING:

Greater Amberjack
  • The fishing year is August through July.
  • Annual closures are November through April and June through July. Thus, recreational harvest of greater amberjack can occur in August through October and in May, unless the annual catch target has been or is projected to be met.
  • The 2018/2019 recreational annual catch target is 902,185 pounds. Data indicate the annual catch target was met during the August through October 2018 fishing season.
Gray Triggerfish
  • The fishing year is January through December.
  • Annual closures are January through February and June through July.
  • The 2019 recreational annual catch target is 217,100 pounds. Projections indicate that recreational landings of gray triggerfish will be met as of May 11, 2019.
DURING AND AFTER THE CLOSURE:
  • During the recreational closures, the bag and possession limits for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in or from federal waters of the Gulf are zero.
  • The prohibition on possession of Gulf greater amberjack and gray triggerfish also applies in Gulf state waters for a vessel issued a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:55 PM
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There is no possible way this would get worse under a tag allotment or catch card system. Give everyone their 20 trigger and 20 snapper and 5 aj’s, let us fish when we want and keep fish based on freezer space and work schedules and almost everyone is happier.
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Why not reduce the bag limit from one per person per day to two per boat per day instead of suspending the whole spring season? At least we could have a couple of big fish in the box each trip.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:47 AM
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These son of a @/&:!)$/@-&:$:&/&-!
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:14 AM
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The way it reads they knew back in October that the quota was met. Why wait till March 20th when we all have trips in the works to break the news???
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:19 AM
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Hopefully the Mangroves are biting
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:13 AM
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Unfortunately, we don't have large numbers of mangroves in the Destin area. Tons of trigger and b-liners.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:24 AM
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To me this further proves the need for each state to manage ALL fish off their coast individually. Granted only a small area I fish, but triggers were non existent for the past 10-15 years. However last two years have become fairly abundant.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Striker Tackle View Post
Hopefully the Mangroves are biting
They are on the chopping block I’m sure. They’ll drop them to 2 per person
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Just wait until they start with more restrictions on Tuna. Iam sure it’s probably coming soon
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:47 AM
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Every closure impacts the ecosystem. The "recovery" of the red snapper has put us in a position where they are over-populated on most rigs. They compete with triggers for food...and win. AJ is getting to be the same way. When such a large predator fish becomes prolific, it will negatively impact those on the foodchain that compete with it for food sources. I wish someone would apply basic scientific principals on ecosystem health to these decisions.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Catspearos View Post
Every closure impacts the ecosystem. The "recovery" of the red snapper has put us in a position where they are over-populated on most rigs. They compete with triggers for food...and win. AJ is getting to be the same way. When such a large predator fish becomes prolific, it will negatively impact those on the foodchain that compete with it for food sources. I wish someone would apply basic scientific principals on ecosystem health to these decisions.
Can't be thinking like that. Makes too much sense.
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