Gulf gag grouper recreational harvest in federal waters closes Jan. 1
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Media contact: Wendy Dial, 850-488-9477
The recreational harvest of gag grouper in Gulf of
Mexico federal waters off Florida will be prohibited beginning Jan.
1. Federal fisheries managers recently announced a temporary
rule that closes Gulf federal waters to recreational fishing for
gag grouper for six months while they develop long-term measures to
improve gag grouper populations. Gulf federal waters extend
beyond nine nautical miles from Florida's shoreline.
Gulf state waters (from shore out to nine nautical
miles) will remain open for recreational gag grouper harvest until
Feb. 1. However, people on federally permitted for-hire
reef-fish vessels may not harvest or possess gag grouper in state
waters during the temporary federal closure.
More information on grouper management is available
at MyFWC.com/Rules (click on "Fishing - Saltwater"), or call