Reef Fish Amendment 46 - Modify Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan
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9/6/2016 13:49:12Matthew A. Wheelermattwheel@cox.net 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
Destin Fl.
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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9/29/2016 10:40:06tom Adams4tomadams@gmail.comThere 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 joePrivate Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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10/26/2016 10:55:04capt mitch colemanmcoleman54@yahoo.comI 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 floridaPrivate Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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11/14/2016 12:36:33Warner Fosterjwkillntime@gmail.comClosing 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. 32405Private Recreational Angler
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12/14/2016 9:18:55cap[ Tom Adams adams4tomadams@gmail.comIn 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 joePrivate Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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2/8/2017 10:43:12Stephen C. Mullinsmullins_tx@sbcglobal.netAllowing 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 77494Private Recreational Angler
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2/16/2017 10:43:33capt mitch colemanmcoleman54@yahoo.comThere 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 32456Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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2/16/2017 11:09:04Pete ShoresPete_shores@navyfederal.orgBeen 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, 32503Private Recreational Angler
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2/16/2017 14:56:05Skipskiproberts1@yahoo.comRecreational fishing should be the last one that gets shutdown. why does commercial interest out way the public on a public resource.39553Private Recreational Angler
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2/16/2017 18:23:57Keith Dickinsondickinsonkeithm@gmail.comI'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. MobilePrivate Recreational Angler
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