Atlantic Grouper State Rules (Including All State Waters of Monroe County)



Minimum Size Limit

Daily Bag Limit


Closed Season

Gag  24"TL  up to 1 Gag or Black within the 3 grouper aggregate  Jan. 1-April 30    
Red  20" TL 


up to 3 within the 3 grouper aggregate  

Scamp, Yellowfin, Yellowmouth
Other groupers (includes Tiger*, Rock Hind, Red Hind, Coney and Graysby) None

Gear rules require dehooking tools to be used in the Atlantic reef fish fishery.

Captain and crew are now able to keep recreational bag limits of all in season snapper grouper species in Atlantic state and federal waters.

*Tiger grouper are not managed in federal waters. The above regulations apply only to harvest in state waters.

New Federal Regulations (Atlantic)

Recreational harvest of golden tilefish and snowy grouper will close in Atlantic federal waters beginning June 7, 2014. Recreational harvest of both species will reopen on January 1, 2015. For more information, please refer to the NOAA Fisheries Bulletin.

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