Gulf red and black grouper fisheries reopen

March 15, 2009

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The recreational harvest of red and black grouper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters reopens on March 15 following a one-month closure.  The recreational harvest of red and black grouper in Gulf state waters did not close and remains open.

The commercial harvest of gag, red and black grouper in all Gulf waters off Florida, except Monroe County state waters, also reopens on March 15, following a one-month closure.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that the recreational harvest season for gag grouper from all Gulf waters off Florida closed on Feb. 1 and will reopen on April 1.

State waters extend out to 9 nautical miles from Florida’s shoreline in the Gulf; federal waters extend beyond that line.  More information on grouper regulations, including seasons, size and bag limits, is available at MyFWC.com/RULESANDREGS/Saltwater_Regulations_Grouper.htm.