BATON ROUGE, La. — The season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will close for a month in Louisiana waters beginning Jan. 16.

The season opened Jan. 1 and will run through Jan. 15 before resuming on March 1.

NOAA Fisheries announced that new regulations are being enacted to help rebuild the gray triggerfish stock. The agency asked that Louisiana state waters remain closed for that rebuilding period.

The changes to the recreational season include an additional recreational fixed closed season from Jan. 1 through the end of February of each year along with the currently established June 1 to July 31 fixed closed season. Further changes include size and bag limit changes which will also take effect in federal waters on Jan. 16.

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