Gulf grouper recreational season opens April 1
Monday, March 29, 2010
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The recreational harvest of grouper in all Gulf of
Mexico waters off Florida, except in all waters of Monroe County,
reopens on April 1.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) closed the Gulf recreational shallow-water grouper
fishery (gag, black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind
and red hind) on Feb. 1 to protect gag grouper, which anglers often
find and catch with the other grouper species. This two-month
Gulf grouper spawning season closure helps to reduce overfishing of
gag grouper and rebuild its populations so larger annual harvests
may be possible in the future.
The FWC also reminds fishermen that the
recreational and commercial harvest of shallow-water groupers
(including gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock
hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, and
tiger grouper) remains closed until May 1 in all Atlantic Ocean and
Monroe County waters.
For more information regarding grouper fishing
regulations, including size limits, bag limits and fishing seasons,
go to MyFWC.com/Rules, click on "Fishing - Saltwater."