Grouper Season in Florida

Grouper on ice e1306427639703 Grouper Season in FloridaGrouper Season is Officially Open, but here are the rules to be aware of:

Updated: January 3, 2011

New regulations for several grouper, snapper, and tilefish species in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean take effect January 31, 2011.

Closed season:

from January 1 through April 31st.
Closed season in Atlantic waters applies to shallow-water grouper (Gag, Black, Red, Scamp, Rock Hind, Red Hind, Coney, Grasby, Yellowfin, Yellowmouth, and Tiger).

Size Limits and Bag Limits

State and Federal Waters of the Atlantic (Including All State Waters of Monroe County)*

Gag Black Red
Minimum Size Limit 24″ TL 20″ TL
Bag Limit* up to 1 Gag or Black within the 3 grouper aggregate up to 3 within the 3 grouper aggregate
Closed Season** Jan-Apr
Capt/Crew charter captain/crew – zero bag limit

 

68B-14.0039 Recreational Grouper Seasons.
(1) In all state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, except in all waters of Monroe County, the closed season for the recreational harvest and possession of gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, rock hind, red hind or scamp shall be from February 1 through March 31, each year.

(2) In all state waters of the Atlantic Ocean, including all waters of Monroe County, the closed season for the recreational harvest and possession of gag grouper, black grouper, red grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, rock hind, red hind, scamp, coney, graysby, and tiger grouper shall be from January 1 through April 30 each year.

Rulemaking Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History-New 1-6-09, Amended 8-27-09, 1-19-10.

For more information:
http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/groupers/atlantic-grouper/



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