Fishing Closures Right Now

With 55 species to manage in just the snapper grouper complex alone, it can be difficult to keep track of when fishing is open or closed for certain species. Many species are managed using seasonal closures to protect spawning aggregations of fish. Also, when a fishery reaches the annual catch limit, the fishery will close.The information below should help fishermen keep up to date on the fishing seasons and the dates when fisheries close.

 

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Current Fishery Closures - COMMERCIAL:

Speckled hind, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Warsaw grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Red Snapper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Golden Tilefish Longline Component, closed effective March 25, 2018.

Spiny Lobster (East coast of FL only), closed effective April 1, 2018.

 

Current Fishery Closures - RECREATIONAL:

Wreckfish, recreational harvest is prohibited during January 1-June 30, and September 1-December 31 of each year.

Red snapper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Speckled hind, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Warsaw grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Spiny Lobster (East coast of FL only), closed effective April 1, 2018


Keep up-to-date on the latest Fishery Bulletins and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for species managed by the Council!

Visit the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office websites for: