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|9/6/2016 13:49:12||Matthew A. Wheelerfirstname.lastname@example.org|| I can't help but wonder were Gray triggerfish are over fished.|
Every wreck, rock and reef within 30 miles of Destin Fl is loaded with them.
I hope that you know that Gray trigger fish Inhabit the same structures as red snapper. I personally try to avoid red snapper during the closed season, always have. As would be expected
my landings of gray trigger fish have been greatly reduced.
Personally I don't believe it is possible to over fish Grey triggers with out the use of nets.
N.O.A.A. has a fleet of ships, why don't they put one in the gulf of mexico for a few months and SEE whats out there? We see it every day . I know N.O.A.A. drags on the Georges bank and other places to do stock assessments why not in the gulf?
I think "the best available data" is a human eye, come on and take a look you will be amazed.
Capt. Matt Wheeler
Swoop Party Fishing Boats
|Fort Walton Beach FL 32548||Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|9/29/2016 10:40:06||tom Adamsemail@example.com||There are more triggerfish in my area than there has been in 10 years. About 3 years ago they were getting a littltl e thin but they are now --EVERYWHERE.Open the season in fed waters to at least 6 months even if you have to go 1 per person |
Also Take all the federal season away from those states opening triggers in state waters and add it to the states that folloew the fed season.
|port st joe||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|10/26/2016 10:55:04||capt mitch firstname.lastname@example.org||I run 60-65 trips a year in state waters and fish recreationally in federal waters....gray triggerfish are so thick you cannot get a bait past them to catch other reef species....in the last week I have caught them trolling a duster rig tipped with a cigar minnow and another with a naked vertical jig trying to catch a snapper....you only have to get out to the reefs to see this....where are you getting your DATA?????||mexico beach florida||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|11/14/2016 12:36:33||Warner Fosteremail@example.com||Closing Trigger fish in the Gulf for all of 2017 is stupid for the following reason. In the Panama City, Fl. area Trigger fish are a pest. It is impossible to get a bait to the bottom because of the Trigger fish. They literally boil to the surface while bringing a caught one to the surface. They are mostly just at the legal length if they could be kept.||32405||Private Recreational Angler|
|12/14/2016 9:18:55||cap[ Tom Adams firstname.lastname@example.org||In our area there are more triggerfish than there has been in 16 years they are on every reef The season needs to be OPEN this year You people are screwing up the natural balance of the Gulf.||port st joe||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|2/8/2017 10:43:12||Stephen C. Mullinsemail@example.com||Allowing commercial operations a Gray Triggerfish quota is not an acceptable option. If you're data says stocks are low then shut the fishery down completely until it recovers regardless of whether a particular group did not reach their quota last year. The proposed solution makes no sense. Shut the fishery down until it recovers.||Katy, TX 77494||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/16/2017 10:43:33||capt mitch firstname.lastname@example.org||There is no shortage of triggerfish on any reef from 20 feet to 100 ft. on the Mexico beach artificial reefs. The triggerfish are feeding on plastic "fish bites" and "gulp shrimp" that will kill them but obviously they are hungry. Florida began taking data with a reef stamp program that started in 2014 joining La in the program. La data was in conflict with NOAA data and resulted in the state action of year around seasons on triggerfish ad snapper. How can commercial fishing remain open due to the data they provide, and rec is closed but your not using the best available data? The credibility of the fish management nationally and state wide is being damaged by the continued insistence on the over management of reef fish. Quit missing with Mother Nature until you get a better idea of whats really down there.||mexico beach fl 32456||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|2/16/2017 11:09:04||Pete Shores||Pete_shores@navyfederal.org||Been an avid gulf anger my whole life. Mainly the northern gulf off Pensacola. There are honestly more Trigger fish than I have seen in years. Very abundant and hard not to catch if your reef fishing. Crazy to close it for a year. Seriously! No lie people you have got to watch out for the average guy. Rediculous legal structures.||Pensacola, Florida, 32503||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/16/2017 14:56:05||Skipemail@example.com||Recreational fishing should be the last one that gets shutdown. why does commercial interest out way the public on a public resource.||39553||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/16/2017 18:23:57||Keith Dickinsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||I'm not sure I fully understand the reasoning behind the trigger fish concern. Every time I fish I normally catch several large trigger fish even while targeting other species. Is there a source for the data showing a decline? I would like to review the objective evidence.||Mobile||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/23/2017 10:32:48||John Laubenthalemail@example.com||TRIGGERFISH are everywhere & on every wreck & natural bottom spot we fish off the Panhandle of Florida & have been for over a year. On most spots they come to the surface by the hundreds & attack any/every bait as soon as it hits the water (like piranha). We literally can't get away from them. The Triggerfish Closure is Absolutely Ridiculous !!!||32408||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/23/2017 10:44:19||Billy C Simmonsfirstname.lastname@example.org||The Gulf of Mexico triggerfish population is way overcrowded. Can't get a bait to the bottom because of them. Need a season them to get them under control. Sheeepshead total need to be reduced to 10 per person especially during spawning season. Other anglers are keeping limits and this is gonna be unsustainable. Should be no size limit on Spanish, nearly all of them die after released anyways. I don't eat them but use them for bait so size doesn't matter for me||32444||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/23/2017 10:52:26||Katherine kritzer||Katherinekritzer84@gmail.com||Plenty of triggerfish to be found!||Panama City, fl 32405||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|2/23/2017 10:52:57||Christopher E. Hill||Chris.email@example.com||The only people/resource you are helping by keeping the trigger season closed is the bait industry. People cannot even get a 8 inch live cig to the bottom without it being eaten like parrana. Last week my wife and I went 500 yards off the beach, put out a chum bag and within 15 minutes we had 30 triggers surround or boat. Please do something about this species.||Panama City Beach, Fl 32408||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|2/23/2017 10:57:40||David Cole West||Dcw0003@gmail.com||The last few times I have been offshore fishing whether I'm at a grouper or beeliner hole, all I can catch is huge triggerfish and red snapper. No matter what your data says, there is no way either are endangered. In fact, I have never in my life caught as many triggerfish as I did last year and if they were in season, all would have been well over the legal minimum size limit.||Americus, GA, 31719||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/23/2017 11:05:00||William Hardyfirstname.lastname@example.org||The volume of aggressive gray triggerfish is astonishing. I am unable to get to any other fish due to the aggressive nature of the triggers. Over the past six months, I have caught over 100 and very few other species. It's very frustrating that we will have to put up with this until 2018 and I'm beginnning to wonder if the triggerfish have reduced the population of other fish as recently I have been unable to hook anything other than triggerfish. The restriction needs to be lifted ASAP!||Panama City Beach, FL 32413||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/23/2017 18:55:39||robert parker||32408PCB@GMAIL.COM||This species is in such of an abundance in my area that you can't even target other species! Hopefully the regs can be changed for Bay county.||Panama City||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/23/2017 19:07:36||clyde email@example.com||I fish inside of 20 miles off of Panama City Beach Florida. 3 out of 5 fish I catch is triggerfish and 1 is a red snapper. I am not a biologist but it sure seems like there is a overabundance of these species. Further, some of the red snapper that are released are not recoverable. Makes me not want to fish at all with such a waste of a resource||36330||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/23/2017 20:06:10||Sheila White||Frshherbs@aol.co!||Trigger fish are like ravenous dogs! You don't have a chance to catch anything else because these bait stealers sworn baits before they can get to the bottom and come up and devour treeline baits. I've seen the water churn! If anything these fish are over populated but certainly NOT in shortage! ||32304||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/24/2017 1:29:10||Bobby Earle Searcyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Gray Triggerfish are plentiful on many nearshore reefs. We see an abundance of them on nearly every reef we dive on. Many recreational fisherman do not even keep Gray Triggerfish of legal size.||Webb, Al 36376||Private Recreational Angler|
|2/24/2017 6:53:00||Kevin lanier||Kcsportfishing@gmail.com||Trigger fish are prolific in the area around Mexico Beach. Please reopen and reduce the limit due to the size limit increase. This will accomplish the desired result you want||Mexico Beach, Fl,32456||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|2/24/2017 12:13:08||Laken George||Captlaken@gmail.com||There are more trigger fish than there has ever been! Can't even fish for snappers without losing dozens of baits to the trigger fish. Also can not fish for vermillions or red porgys, can't keep a bait down there long enough for them to eat it b cause of the trigger fish. I will catch 20/1 triggers to vermillions, porgys or even red snappers.||Panama City 32408||Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|2/26/2017 9:35:31||john email@example.com||None of your options for "rebuilding" the trigger fishery are suitable. No matter what the flawed data says, the triggerfish population in the Gulf is healthy. How can fisheries decisions be made when the best available data is known to be corrupt? But once again we go down the same wrong path. This style of "protection" is devastating not only for the fishermen and coastal economies, but also for the health of our Gulf ecosystems. The damaging agenda of The Environmental Defense Fund needs to be removed from future fisheries decisions, because it has become obvious that the health of the Gulf environment is not their concern. Here are four options that the council should have to choose from: (1) Data providers are incompetent. (2) Data providers are corrupt. (3) Data providers are carrying out the radical agenda of the EDF. (4) All of the above.||35446||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/3/2017 7:13:49||Kern Clark||Kerndoggy65@gmail.com||Trigger fish are so abundant in both state and federal waters that I can'tell get bait to the bottom. The size of most we catch is 16 to 20 inches.|
We really need to harvest trigger fish!
|Campbellton||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/3/2017 13:40:54||capt mitch firstname.lastname@example.org||i have seen a dozen triggerfish eat a artificial "gulp" shrimp like a school of piranos, caught a triggerfish trolling a duster and cigar minnow at 5 kts and had one eat a 5 inch long ruby lipped grunt that was half its size...they will destroy a sabiki rig with no cut bait attached and its nearly impossible to catch bait or other reef fish with the explosion of the triggerfish population.....PLEASE RE-OPEN TRIGGER IN STATE WATERS and reduce the size back to 12 inches and let the larger trigger spawn, maybe even a slot of 12-15 inches.||mexico beach fl 32456||Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire|
|3/5/2017 13:07:54||Jason Shawemail@example.com||I fish and dive in the northern gulf near orange beach, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. I can tell you from actual visual experience there are more triggerfish in this area than anytime in my 20 year experience.|
There are a lot of numbers in this report, but what are they based on? We need actual reef surveys and regionalized regulation for reef fish. I can visit 3 sites in one day and video the entire fish population with my $200 GoPro camera. I can then count fish shown in the video with pretty good accuracy...all species. Me, just one person, one boat. This actual count could then be correlated to use sonar and expand actual counts/stocks even faster without the dive gear. It seems the regulators don't want to know the actual numbers?
|36576||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/12/2017 7:10:09||Kern Clark||Kerndoggy65@gmail.com||Trigger fish are so abundant in both state and federal waters that I can'tell get bait to the bottom. The size of most we catch is 16 to 20 inches.|
We really need to harvest trigger fish!
|Campbellton||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/12/2017 11:26:56||ed firstname.lastname@example.org||our only hope is that trump closes nmfs down as you have paralysis from analysis. you have lost sight of your purpose and mission. yall have wanted to shut down our ability to keep one fish for dinner each day. the triggerfish closure is your trump card. your vision has gone blind. thank you for your negative economic impact and your negative impact on hard working americans. good luck||destin, fl 32550||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/13/2017 17:53:23||Thomas J Andersonemail@example.com||Well an entire year without a trigger fish season. Folks, that's hard to understand. I fish the Gulf many times a year and the goofy looking trigger fish is my favorite. Everyone else is after tuna, red snapper and amberjack. It would be nice if there was a way to put one fish out of the reach of the commercial fishery; they catch everything else out there. How about a secondary fish that isn't a big commercial draw that gets some extra protection, and is therefore available to retired folks like me. I know it's probably more complicated than that, but isn't there some way to keep triggerfish numbers up enough to have a consistent season?||Saint Louis, MO, 63144||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/14/2017 19:26:16||Mark Tryonfirstname.lastname@example.org||I disagree with the preferred alternative which maintains the annual quota at status quo levels. This quota should be increased at least to the level which corresponds to the preferred 9 year rebuilding plan.|
I have fished the Pensacola area for the past 24 years. The present levels of abundance as well as size are by far the greatest I have experienced. I think council members should be required to do their own stock assessments by taking a trip with an experienced local fisherman in areas such as Pensacola where there is an overabundance of triggerfish.. ..
|Gulf Breeze,Fl,32563||Commercial Fisher|
|3/17/2017 22:03:44||Michael Dreadin||Dreadin4@yahoo.com||You are robbing the recreational fishery of a resource that should be put in someone's hands that is more sensible About fish management not making money for a certain very small percent of people that control your decisions trigger fish snapper and amberjack are thick in the gulf the fish fish limits are so low you don't need seasons two hour trip five people can have limit of all these fish as it is they are plentiful let us fish let us spend our money||Uriah Ala. 36480||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/19/2017 12:50:40||Kern Clark||Kerndoggy65@gmail.com||Trigger fish are so abundant in both state and federal waters that I can'tell get bait to the bottom. The size of most we catch is 16 to 20 inches.|
We really need to harvest trigger fish!
|Campbellton||Private Recreational Angler|
|3/23/2017 11:10:40||Ronald Leo folse||Leofolse@art.net||ALL regulated fish should have an aggressive hatch program to replenish stocks. We are not satisfied with our agencies simply managing a decline .||Gulf breeze fl 32563||Private Recreational Angler|