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Old 04-16-2011, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default New rules & regulations put on the FWC website

There are new rules & regs. for different species of fish such as the gag, red and black grouper.The FWC chart has all three of the groupers being closed through Jan. 1, 2011- June 30, 2011 the date is on the very bottom of page 10 on the FwC website booklet.All these different rules and regulations for the state and federal waters are confusing so much people including me it just isn't gonna be worth going the season espically with $4.00/ gallon which is supposed to start rising more in the upcoming future.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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There are new rules & regs. for different species of fish such as the gag, red and black grouper.The FWC chart has all three of the groupers being closed through Jan. 1, 2011- June 30, 2011 the date is on the very bottom of page 10 on the FwC website booklet.All these different rules and regulations for the state and federal waters are confusing so much people including me it just isn't gonna be worth going the season espically with $4.00/ gallon which is supposed to start rising more in the upcoming future.
A link would be nice. This is what i found

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Harvest of Gulf gag grouper is prohibited in federal waters through May 31, 2011 and could be extended for another 186 days. However, it was the intent of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC), when requesting this temporary rule, that there should be a recreational harvest of gag in 2011. At its February meeting, the GMFMC discussed an interim rule that would continue the current interim gag grouper closures, but also allow for a recreational open season for gag grouper in Gulf federal waters from Sept. 16 through Nov. 15.


This closure also prohibits anyone on board a vessel for which a federal commercial or charter/headboat permit for the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish fishery has been issued from harvesting or possessing gag grouper in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The interim closure does not apply to other recreational harvesters fishing for gag grouper in state waters.


Florida state waters of the Gulf of Mexico opened April 1, 2011 to the recreational harvest of gag, black, red, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind grouper. However, the recreational harvest of gag grouper is still prohibited in Gulf federal waters off Florida (beyond nine nautical miles from shore). Also, persons on federally permitted for-hire reef fish vessels may not harvest or possess gag grouper in both federal and state Gulf waters (within nine nautical miles from shore).


The FWC Commissioners approved rules that would close state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, excluding Monroe County, to the recreational harvest of gag grouper from June 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, with the exception of a fall harvest season September 16 through November 15, 2011. These rules would be in effect for 2011 only and are dependent on approval of consistent regulations in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
That in the red is gonna be very hard to deal with especially if they allow Gags in federal waters after June 1st

http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/r.../gulf-grouper/

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