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:

Goliath Grouper, no possession or harvest allowed.

Speckled Hind, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Warsaw Grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Nassau Grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

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

Golden Tilefish Hook & Line Component, closed effective August 14, 2018.

Snowy Grouper, closed effective July 24, 2018

Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia (GA-NY), closed effective September 5, 2018.

Blueline Tilefish, closed effective August 22, 2018.

Other Jacks Complex (Almaco jack, Banded rudder fish, and Lesser amberjack), closed effective August 22, 2018

Northern Zone (NC-NY) Spanish Mackerel, closed effective November 4, 2018.

Gray Triggerfish, closed effective November 6, 2018.

Red Snapper, closed effective November 7, 2018.

Hogfish (East Florida & Florida Keys), closed effective November 16, 2018.

Current Fishery Closures - RECREATIONAL:

Goliath Grouper, no possession or harvest allowed.

Red snapper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Speckled hind, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Warsaw grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Nassau Grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Golden Tilefish, closed effective August 28, 2018.

Snowy Grouper, closed effective September 1, 2018

Blueline Tilefish, closed effective September 1, 2018

Wreckfish, closed effective September 1, 2018

Florida Keys/East Florida Hogfish, closed effective November 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: