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State Reef Fish Survey

The State Reef Fish Survey replaced the Gulf Reef Fish Survey on July 1, 2020. All anglers on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida who intend to fish for or harvest certain reef fish from a private vessel are required to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation. Those with a Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation will meet the statewide requirement until the Gulf designation expires, even if you are fishing on the Atlantic coast.

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Greater Amberjack

Florida Regulations

Gulf State Waters

Minimum Size Limit: 34” Fork Length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person

Season: Open May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31.

Atlantic State Waters

Minimum Size Limit: 28” Fork Length

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per person

Season: Open year-round

Special regulations apply for this species when fishing in Biscayne National Park.

In the Atlantic reef fish fishery, gear rules require dehooking tools, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, non-stainless steel hooks in all state waters, and non-offset circle hooks N. of 28 ° N. latitude.

Have you signed up for the State Reef Fish Survey yet?

Participation mandatory.

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Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net

Reef fish gear requirements apply  

Federal waters: 

Gulf federal:Open May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31. 1 fish per person per day; 0 bag limit for for-hire captain and crew.

Atlantic federal: Open year-round. 28" FL; 1 fish per person, per day.