Commercial harvest of red snapper, gray triggerfish reopened for 1 week

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The commercial harvest of red snapper and gray triggerfish in federal waters between North Carolina and Key West, Fla., will re-open on Dec. 12 for one week.

According to a statement from the NOAA{<} commercial fishers will be able to harvest the two fish from 12:01 a.m. Dec. 12 until 12:01 a.m. Dec. 19 because data compiled by the agency show the two types of fish are under their annual catch limit.{}

"The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing red snapper or gray triggerfish for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such species prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) December 19, 2012. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to sale or purchase of red snapper or gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) December 19, 2012, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor," the statement read.


Red Snapper Commercial Size and Trip Limit:

During the re-opening, the commercial trip limit for red snapper is 50 pounds gutted weight. There is no minimum size limit for red snapper during the commercial re-opening.

Gray Triggerfish Commercial Size Limit:

During the re-opening, the commercial size limit for gray triggerfish is 12 inches total length off the coast of Eastern Florida only. Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina do not have size limits for landing commercially harvested gray triggerfish. There is no trip limit for gray triggerfish.