Gag grouper season to close in Gulf state waters Nov. 16
Monday, November 14, 2011
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-487-0554
The 2011 open recreational harvest season for gag grouper in
Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) will close
Wednesday, Nov.16. The final day of harvesting is Nov. 15.
This fall harvest season opened Sept. 16.
At the April 2011 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC), Commissioners voted to close the gag
grouper season in Gulf state waters for the rest of the year with
the exception of the fall harvest season in an effort to become
consistent with similar pending federal management efforts.
As a result of that meeting, gag grouper closed in Gulf state
waters on June 1.
In state and federal Atlantic waters (including Monroe County),
the recreational season is open through Jan. 1, 2012.
Federal fisheries managers are working to put new management
guidelines in place to rebuild the population of gag grouper, which
is considered to be overfished and undergoing overfishing in Gulf
waters. Temporary changes in 2011 federal management efforts also
included a year-long gag grouper recreational harvest closure in
Gulf of Mexico federal waters (beyond nine nautical miles from
shore) with the exception of the Sept. 16 through Nov. 15 open
At the Nov. 16 FWC meeting in Key Largo, Commissioners will
consider approving more proposed measures affecting gag grouper in
Gulf state waters to continue becoming consistent with federal
More information on
Gulf gag grouper and upcoming rule changes the
available online at MyFWC.com/Commission
by clicking on "Commission Meetings" and "Agenda."