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Grouper are managed differently in Gulf versus Atlantic and in state versus federal waters.

Gulf state waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles.

Atlantic state waters are from shore to 3 nautical miles.

Scroll down for regulations by coast and by species.

 

GULF REEF FISH SURVEY

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Gulf of Mexico Regulations (state and federal waters unless specified)

Daily Bag Limit

4 per person

goliath grouper

Harvest Prohibited

nassau grouper
gag

Min. Size Limit

24” TL

 

Daily Bag Limit

2 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

State only: 0 fish bag limit for Charter Captain and Crew

Season

Gag map

Map

State: June 1-Dec. 31 (excluding Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Jefferson counties)

April 1-June 30 and Sept. 1-Dec. 31 in state waters off of Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties

Federal: June 1 – Dec. 31

 

black grouper

Min. Size Limit

24” TL

Daily Bag Limit

4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

State only: 0 fish bag limit for Charter Captain and Crew

Open Season

State: Open year-round

Federal: Closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of 20 fathoms

"The Edges" closed Jan 1 - Apr 30

red grouper

Min. Size Limit

20" TL

Daily Bag Limit

2 per person within the 4 grouper aggregate

State only: 0 fish bag limit for Charter Captain and Crew

Open Season

State: Open year-round

Federal: Closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of 20 fathoms

"The Edges" closed Jan 1 - Apr 30

scamp

Min. Size Limit

16" TL

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

State: Open year-round

Federal: Closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of 20 fathoms

"The Edges" closed Jan 1 - Apr 30

yellow fin grouper

Min. Size Limit

20" TL

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

State: Open year-round

Federal: Closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of 20 fathoms (map)

"The Edges" closed Jan 1 - Apr 30

yellow mouth grouper

Min. Size Limit

State: 20" TL

Federal: None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

State: Open year-round

Federal: Closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of 20 fathoms

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 4 per person within the 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open year-round

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 4 per person within the 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open year-round

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open year-round

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

1 of each per vessel within 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open year-round

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 4 per person within 4 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open year-round

State:  Must have heads and fins intact through landing  

Federal: Use prohibited

Gear rules require circle hooks and dehooking tools in Gulf waters reef fish fisheries.

Monroe County state waters managed under Atlantic regulations

Atlantic Regulations (state and federal waters unless specified; includes all state waters of Monroe County)

Aggregate bag limit

3 per person

goliath grouper
nassau grouper

Harvest prohibited

gag

Min. Size Limit

24” TL

Daily Bag Limit

1 gag or black within the 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Gag map

Open May 1-Dec. 31

black grouper

Min. Size Limit

24” TL

Daily Bag Limit

1 gag or black within the 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open May 1-Dec. 31

red grouper

Min. Size Limit

20" TL

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

State waters: Open May 1-Dec. 31

Federal waters: Closed Dec. 12, 2018. Will reopen May 1, 2019. Learn more. 

scamp

Min. Size Limit

20" TL

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open May 1-Dec. 31

yellow fin grouper

Min. Size Limit

20 in. TL

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open May 1-Dec. 31

yellow mouth grouper

Min. Size Limit

20" TL

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open May 1-Dec. 31

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open May 1-Dec. 31

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open May 1-Dec. 31

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

Up to 3 per person within 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

Open year-round

Min. Size Limit

State: None

Federal: Harvest prohibited

Daily Bag Limit

State: 1 per vessel per day of each species

Federal: Harvest prohibited

Open Season

State: Open year-round

Federal: Harvest prohibited

Min. Size Limit

None

Daily Bag Limit

State: 1 per person within the 3 grouper aggregate
Federal: 1 per vessel per day within the 3 grouper aggregate

Open Season

State: Open year-round

Federal: Open May 1 – Aug. 31

Reef fish as bait

must have heads and fins intact through landing 

Shallow water grouper map

20-Fathom Map

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Several species of Gulf grouper (red, black, scamp, yellowfin and yellowmouth) are closed Feb. 1-March 31 seaward of the 20-fathom break. Recreational anglers are encouraged to use electronic charting equipment to plot the 20-fathom break by entering the established coordinates listed on the map below into a route.

Monroe County: Several species of Atlantic grouper (red, black, yellowfin, yellowmouth, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney and graysby) are closed Jan. 1 - April 30 in all state and federal waters of the Atlantic including all state waters off Monroe County (Atlantic and Gulf sides). During this closure, anglers can harvest grouper in open federal waters of the Gulf and return to port in Monroe County by traveling through closed state waters of the Atlantic as long as the vessel proceeds directly to port without stopping to fish.

Gag map

Gag Grouper Management Zones

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GPS Boundaries: Franklin-Taylor Regional Gag Season

Location Longitude Latitude
Indian Pass 85 degrees 13.76 minutes west 29 degrees 40.71 minutes north
Offshore Indian Pass 85 degrees 13.71 minutes west 29 degrees 30.32 minutes north
Offshore Steinhatchee 83 degrees 34.52 minutes west 29 degrees 31.62 minutes north
Steinhatchee River 83 degrees 24.53 minutes west 29 degrees 40.03 minutes north

Gulf Gag Management Zone Details