Grouper fishing set to reopen in Atlantic, Monroe County waters
Monday, April 25, 2011
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 off Florida. The harvest of these
groupers has been closed since Jan. 1 to address overfishing of
grouper in the Atlantic.
A three-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 one gag or black grouper (not both) within the aggregate
grouper limit in Atlantic and Monroe County waters, and dehooking
tools are required to be aboard commercial and recreational vessels
for use as needed to remove hooks from Atlantic reef fish.
information on grouper bag and size limits, gear restrictions
and fishing seasons, including Gulf of Mexico grouper regulations,
is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing.