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FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Red Grouper, Grouper, Blue Crab, Artificial Reef Summit, Licensing AppSeason Updates, Events

Red Grouper - Gulf

Action: Bag limit changes not effective until Spring 2015

Information: The FWC Commission approved changing the Gulf red grouper daily bag limit from 4-fish to 2-fish within the 4-grouper aggregate bag limit at the November 2014 meeting. This change is pending until similar regulations take place in Gulf federal waters and is not expected to occur until sometime in Spring 2015.

In the meantime, the red grouper bag limit in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico excluding Monroe County will remain at 4-fish per person per day. Additionally, when red grouper reopens in Gulf federal waters on Jan. 1, the federal bag limit will be 4-fish per person per day until the 2-fish bag limit rule becomes effective.

Links for more information:

Grouper, Gulf []

Grouper - Atlantic

Action: Several species close Jan. 1

Information: The recreational and commercial harvest season for the following species of grouper closes Jan. 1 in state waters of the Atlantic, including all of Monroe County:

  • gag
  • black
  • red
  • yellowmouth
  • yellowfin
  • tiger
  • scamp
  • red hind
  • rock hind
  • coney
  • graysby

This season will remain closed through April 30, reopening May 1.

A similar closure will also occur in federal waters of the Atlantic. Tiger grouper is not included in the federal closure.

Links for more information:

Grouper, Atlantic []

Blue Crab – Trap Closure

Action: Regional closure Jan. 5-14

Information: Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from all state waters from Franklin County to the Florida/Alabama state line before Jan. 5. Traps can be placed back in the water Jan. 15.

This regional blue crab trap closure allows FWC to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from Florida waters. Lost and abandoned traps can continue to trap crabs and fish when left in the water, can damage sensitive habitats and pose navigational hazards.

Harvest of blue crabs by other gear, such as dip nets and fold-up traps, is permitted during the closure. Traps attached to private property such as a dock are not included in the closure.

Links for more information:

Blue Crab []

Artificial Reef Summit

Action: Hosted in Clearwater Beach Jan. 13-16

Information: The 2015 Florida Artificial Reef Summit will be hosted Jan. 13-16 at the Clearwater Beach Marriott. This event is hosted once every 4 to 6 years and focuses on the latest in artificial reef research and management.

Links for more information:

Artificial Reef Summit []

Fish-Hunt-FL License App

Action: New licensing app available

Information: Purchase your license on the new Fish-Hunt-FL License app available for download on any Android, Apple or Windows smartphone device. 

Links for more information:

News Release []


Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for January-February.

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

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

Jan. 1 –

Jan. 5-14 –

Feb. 1 –

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations []

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JANUARY-FERUARY 2015 EVENTS             

Jan. 13-16: Florida Artificial Reef Summit – Clearwater Beach


Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Florida Sportsman Expo – Fort Myers


Feb. 4-5: FWC Commission Meeting – Jacksonville


More information on these four workshops coming soon.

Feb. 23: Bully netting workshop – Key West


Feb. 24: Bully netting workshop – Key Colony Beach


Feb. 25: Barracuda workshop – Key Colony Beach


Feb. 26: Bully netting workshop – Key Largo


Feb. 27-March 1: News Channel 8 Outdoor Expo and Boat Show – Tampa


Feb. 28: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Crystal River

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