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Gulf grouper fisheries open again following closure

By Staff | Mar 18, 2009

The recreational harvest of red and black grouper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters officially reopened 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 reopened this past Sunday, 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 Wenesday,April 1.

State waters extend out to nine 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 www.MyFWC.com/RULESANDREGS/Saltwater_Regulations_Grouper.htm.