Gray triggerfish will be off-limits for recreational fishermen in Gulf of Mexico federal waters for the rest of the year.
The annual June 1st through July 31st season closure is currently in effect.
The gray triggerfish recreational fishing season was scheduled to reopen on August 1st, but instead will remain closed through December 31st.
The reason for the extended closure is that fishermen caught nearly 40 thousand pounds more triggerfish in 2015 than they were allowed, and that overage is being deducted from this year’s catch limit.
Currently, the annual catch limit is 241,200 pounds whole weight.