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Flounder recreational harvest season to close

By FWC - | Oct 13, 2021

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The recreational harvest of flounder in all state and federal waters will close on Oct. 15 and remain closed through Nov. 30, reopening Dec. 1.

The annual season closure and other management measures were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last year because a stock status update suggested that the flounder fishery has been in a declining trend and is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing on the Atlantic coast. Other south Atlantic and Gulf states have also reported declines and have been making changes.

Learn more about flounder regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine.

TRIGGERFISH, GROUPER AND SNAPPER CLOSURES

At its October meeting, the FWC approved temporary closures to recreational harvest of gray triggerfish, red grouper, blackfin snapper, queen snapper, silk snapper and wenchman in Gulf state waters starting Oct. 11. The closures are consistent with recent closures in Gulf federal waters.

Gray triggerfish will reopen on March 1. Red grouper, as well as blackfin snapper, queen snapper, silk snapper and wenchman, will reopen on Jan. 1, both in Gulf state in federal waters. The fisheries were closed in federal waters because NOAA Fisheries estimates that the annual quotas have been reached.

View the commission meeting agenda and documents at MyFWC.com/Commission by clicking on “Commission Meetings” and the agenda under “Oct. 6-7, 2021.”