Grouper fishing to reopen in Atlantic, Monroe Co. waters
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The recreational and commercial harvest of
shallow-water groupers (including gag, black grouper, red grouper,
scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper,
yellowmouth grouper and tiger grouper) will reopen on May 1 in all
Atlantic Ocean and Monroe County waters. The harvest of these
groupers has been closed since Jan. 1 to address overfishing of
grouper in the Atlantic.
A 3-fish-per-person aggregate daily recreational
bag limit applies for all groupers in Atlantic and Monroe County
waters, and the captain and crew of for-hire vessels are not
allowed to keep any species in the aggregate grouper bag
limit. Anglers may take no more than 1 gag or black grouper
(not both) within the aggregate grouper limit in Atlantic and
Monroe County waters, and dehooking tools must be aboard commercial
and recreational vessels for use as needed to remove hooks from
Atlantic reef fish.
More information on grouper bag and size limits,
gear restrictions and fishing seasons, including Gulf of Mexico
grouper regulations, is available at MyFWC.com/Rules, click on
"Fishing - Saltwater."