NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial sector of gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) for the 2012 fishing year through this final temporary rule. Based on the projected commercial landings estimates, NMFS determined that the commercial annual catch target (ACT) for Gulf gray triggerfish will be met by July 1, 2012. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for gray triggerfish on July 1, 2012, through the remainder of the fishing year in the Gulf exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This action is necessary to reduce overfishing of the Gulf gray triggerfish resource.
Agency Contact: Peter Hood, telephone: 727-824-5305 or email: Peter.Hood@noaa.gov.
This rule is final. Its effective date is July 1, 2012.