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Gulf gag grouper recreational harvest in federal waters closes Jan. 1

By Staff | Dec 29, 2010

The recreational harvest of gag grouper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Florida will be prohibited beginning on Saturday, Jan. 1.

Federal fisheries managers recently announced a temporary rule that closes Gulf federal waters to recreational fishing for gag grouper for six months while they develop long-term measures to improve gag grouper populations. Gulf federal waters extend beyond nine nautical miles from Florida’s shoreline.

Gulf state waters (from shore out to nine nautical miles) will remain open for recreational gag grouper harvest until Tuesday, Feb. 1. However, people on federally permitted for-hire reef-fish vessels may not harvest or possess gag grouper in state waters during the temporary federal closure.

More information on grouper management is available at MyFWC.com/Rules (click on “Fishing – Saltwater”) or call 850-487-0554.