In the past few days, there have been some announcements from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council that are highly unlikely to make local offshore anglers dance with joy. First, there was the closure of gray triggerfish. It seems we’ve managed to take too many, at least by regulators’ reckoning. See, we took too many last year, so the allowable harvest was adjusted down for this year. And we’ve taken all that we can, so triggerfish are shut down as of today and will not open until January.
A couple days later, they announced a similar downward adjustment to amberjack. Again, we apparently took too many — a quarter-million pounds too many. As it happens, we haven’t yet hit our new limit, so amberjack will stay open for the time being. But it’s a virtual guarantee that the season will be cut short this year and at least the last couple months of 2014 will see amberjack off-limits.
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