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Old 03-28-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Will gag grouper be allowed after 4-1-2011?

Little confused with the new grouper regulations (florida) just wondering if we will be allowed keep gags after April 1st? I've been getting mixed answers.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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That is a negative in Federal Waters and I haven't seen any update on whether the State was going to follow suit.
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So, after 4/1
For this summer -

No gag
Snapper still at 2
No AJ's during snapper season (proposed)
1 manatee per day

That about right?
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Gulf grouper recreational season opens April 1

News Release
Friday, March 25, 2011
Media contact: Susan Smith, 850-488-8843

The recreational harvest of shallow-water groupers in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters off Florida, except in all waters of Monroe County, reopens on April 1. 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 Gulf recreational shallow-water grouper fishery (gag, black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind) has been closed since Feb. 1 to protect gag grouper, which are often found and caught with the other grouper species. This two-month closure during Gulf grouper spawning season helps to reduce overfishing of gag grouper and rebuild its populations so that larger annual harvests may be possible in the future.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also reminds fishermen that the recreational and commercial harvest of shallow-water groupers (including gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, and tiger grouper) remains closed until May 1 in all Atlantic Ocean and Monroe County waters.

More information regarding grouper fishing regulations (including size limits, bag limits and fishing seasons) and proposed changes to Gulf gag grouper fishing seasons is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing.
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Wow... That is a crazy rule. How can anyone including the permitted people not possess a fish in both federal and state waters? Will they never come back to land? I guess they will have to eat them out there...

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So, after 4/1
For this summer -

No gag
Snapper still at 2
No AJ's during snapper season (proposed)
1 manatee per day

That about right?
Snapper are closed until June 1 also.

http://myfwc.com/media/628389/2011_jan_sw-chart.pdf
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http://www.gulfcouncil.org/Beta/GMFM...chure_2011.pdf

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Hmm. According to that document above, it says shallow water grouper closed till May 31. So is grouper season open again June 1 along with red snapper?
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I think I'm not the only one confused with the new grouper regs?
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Basically, to sum it up in a nutshell, the bottom line is sort of in a way, in other words definitely a possibility.

Any further questions?
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