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MAY 2015

FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Commission Meeting, Gulf Red Snapper, Lionfish, Red Grouper, Grouper, Snook, Stone Crab, Season Updates, Events

Commission Meeting - Tallahassee

Action: Marine Fisheries discussed April 15-16

Information:  The FWC Commission discussed and approved several marine fisheries management items April 15-16 at the meeting in Tallahassee.

The Commission approved:

  • Setting the Gulf recreational red snapper season to start the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (May 23), running through July 12, and reopening for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October including Labor Day and Sunday, Nov. 1.

  • Changing the Restricted Species Endorsement qualification requirements (effective July 1, 2015)
  • Making the remaining spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement transferable (effective July 1, 2015)
  • Increasing the commercial and recreational size limit for gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters from 12 to 14 inches fork length (effective after similar federal regulations are approved)

The Commission discussed a draft rule on:

  • Changing stone crab trap gear specifications for Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties (this will come back for a final review at the June 23-25 meeting in Sarasota)

Links for more information:

News Releases []

Commission Meeting []

Red Snapper - Gulf

Action: Season opens May 23 in state waters

Information: The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters opens May 23 and will remain open through July 12. The season will then reopen for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October including Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) and Sunday, Nov. 1.

Links for more information:

Gulf Snapper []


Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

Action: Celebrate with FWC the weekend of May 16-17

Information: The FWC is celebrating its first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day by hosting and promoting a weekend of exciting events across the state May 16-17, including a festival hosted by the FWC at Plaza de Luna in Pensacola. Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) was created by the Commission to help draw attention to the lionfish issue. 

You can support this effort by attending the festival in Pensacola, participating in one of the many tournaments and events being held across the state or by removing lionfish on your own time and reporting them to the Report Florida Lionfish app or online at

Links for more information:

Lionfish [] []


Red Grouper - Gulf

Action: Bag limit changes from 4 to 2 on May 7

Information: The red grouper bag limit will change from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, excluding Monroe County, on May 7. Monroe County follows Atlantic rules.

Links for more information:

Gulf Grouper []

Grouper, Several - Atlantic

Action: Season opens May 1

Information: Several species of grouper will open to recreational and commercial harvest in Atlantic state waters, including Monroe County, May 1. Species include: gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.

Links for more information:

Atlantic Grouper []

Snook - Gulf

Action: Season closes May 1

Information: Snook closes to harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1.

Links for more information:

Snook []


Stone Crab

Action: Season closes May 15

Information: Stone crab closes to recreational and commercial harvest in state and federal waters May 15.

Links for more information:

Stone Crab []


Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for May-April.

Information: The following species have upcoming season openings/closures:

(May not include all harvest openings/closures. View regulations online at for more.)  


May 1

May 15

May 23

June 1

June 27

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations []

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MAY-JUNE 2015 EVENTS             


Lionfish Events Calendar


May 1-3: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival - Fernandina

May 16-17: Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival and Tournament

May 16: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Fernandina

May 16: Women's Fishing Clinic - North Palm Beach

June 6-7: Saltwater License-Free Fishing Weekend

June 13-14: Freshwater License-Free Fishing Weekend

June 23-25: FWC Commission meeting – Sarasota

June 27: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Cape Canaveral

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