Western Dry Rocks
The regulations below are specific to Western Dry Rocks, located approximately 10 miles SW of Key West.
GPS Coordinates for Western Dry Rocks
New Regulations effective April 1, 2021
Fishing is prohibited within the marked boundaries near Western Dry Rocks from April 1 – July 31.
Note: Fish may be possessed aboard a vessel, provided such vessel is in continuous transit through Western Dry Rocks, fishing gear is appropriately stowed, and such resources are stowed in a cabin, locker, or similar storage area prior to entering and during transit through Western Dry Rocks.
To increase the robustness of the spawning aggregations at WDR, therefore increasing recruitment, and improving resiliency in several important Florida Keys and south Florida fisheries.
FWC staff will provide the Commission with a 3-year check-in and a 5-year update on research and monitoring at Western Dry Rocks.
Find out more about the research being conducted at Western Dry Rocks.
New regulations at Western Dry Rocks
Learn more about new regulations going into effect April 1, 2021, in a 1-square-mile area near Western Dry Rocks, which is 10 nautical miles SW of Key West.YouTube