Gulf gag grouper sport season reopens

April 1, 2009

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The recreational harvest of gag grouper in all Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida reopens on April 1 after a two-month closure.  This closure helps reduce the harvest and rebuild the population of gag grouper in the Gulf.

During the open season, recreational anglers may keep 2 gag grouper within the 5-grouper aggregate daily limit in all Gulf waters off Florida except Monroe County state waters.  There is a 2-fish limit on gag and black grouper, either individually or in combination, within the 5-grouper aggregate daily limit in all Atlantic Ocean waters off Florida and in Monroe County state waters.

The minimum size limit for gag grouper in all Gulf waters off Florida except Monroe County state waters is 22 inches total length.  The minimum size limit for gag grouper in all Atlantic Ocean waters off Florida and in Monroe County state waters is 24 inches total length.

More information on grouper management is available online at MyFWC.com/RULESANDREGS/Saltwater_Regulations_Grouper.htm.