These are the latest regulations for Grouper and And Snapper in the Gulf and Atlantic.
Recent Reef Fish Rule Changes in State and Federal Waters off Florida*
Grouper (including Monroe County)
January through April closed to all harvest of Atlantic shallow-water groupers (red, black, gag, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, yellowmouth, and tiger groupers)
Recreational grouper aggregate bag limit reduced to 3 fish per person per day
Gag and black grouper recreational bag limit within grouper aggregate reduced to one gag or black grouper combined per person per day
Recreational bag limit reduced to five fish per person per day
November through March closed to recreational harvest
All Reef Fish
■ Dehooking device required on vessels when fishing for reef fish, which includes groupers, snappers, amberjacks, sea basses, golden tilefish, gray triggerfish, hogfish, and red porgy (dehooking device required for additional species in federal waters).
Gulf of Mexico
Grouper (excluding Monroe County)
February through March closed to recreational harvest for Gulf shallow-water groupers (red, black, gag, scamp, rock hind, red hind, yellowfin, and yellowmouth groupers)
Recreational grouper aggregate bag limit reduced to 4 fish per person per day
Gag recreational bag limit reduced to 2 fish per person per day
Red grouper recreational bag limit increased to 2 fish per person per day
■ Recreational red snapper season shortened to June 1 through August 14
* Other related federal and state reef fish rules have also been implemented. See MyFWC.com for more information.
For more info go to page 10 and 14 of http://myfwc.com/docs/RulesRegulations/2010_Jan_RegsSummary_Newsletter.pdf