FWC sets fall triggerfish season dates – The Northwest Florida Daily News
“The FWC has heard from many anglers who are seeing more and bigger gray triggerfish.”
Panama City News Herald
TALLAHASSEE — After a temporary closure in state and federal waters, triggerfish will return for a fall season.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday announced the dates for Gulf of Mexico state waters will be Sept. 1-4, Sept. 9-10, Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15 for recreational harvest.
The minimum size limit is 14 inches fork length, and the daily bag limit is two per person, per day.
“The FWC has heard from many anglers who are seeing more and bigger gray triggerfish, and we have listened to their requests for additional and sustainable fishing opportunities,” FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski said. “We are pleased to announce new triggerfish fishing days in state waters, especially the Sept. 1 through 4 season dates, which are also when the popular red snapper season is open in state and federal Gulf waters.”
Earlier this year, the Gulf recreational gray triggerfish season was closed in both state and federal waters for all of 2017 because of the 2016 federal quota being exceeded. The commission decided to open Gulf state waters for a limited harvest opportunity this fall after considering public testimony.
The Commission also approved several other management changes at its July meeting that should go into effect sometime in 2018. These changes will not be in effect during the 2017 season opening. These changes are consistent with pending changes in federal waters and include:
• Decreasing the recreational daily bag limit from two to one fish per person.
• Increasing the recreational size limit from 14 to 15 inches fork length.
• Creating a January through February annual recreational closure in addition to the current June through July annual spawning closure.