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.

Red Snapper, closed effective December 15, 2018. Reopens July 8, 2019.

Shallow-Water Grouper, closed effective January 1, 2019. Reopens May 1, 2019.

Red Porgy, closed effective January 1, 2019. Reopens May 1, 2019.

Wreckfish, closed effective January 15, 2019. Reopens April 16, 2019.

Golden Tilefish Longline Component, closed effective March 14, 2019. Reopens January 1, 2020.

Current Fishery Closures - RECREATIONAL:

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.

Snowy Grouper, closed effective September 1, 2018. Reopens May 1, 2019.

Blueline Tilefish, closed effective September 1, 2018. Reopens May 1, 2019.

Wreckfish, closed effective September 1, 2018. Reopens July 1, 2019.

Florida Keys/East Florida Hogfish, closed effective November 1, 2018. Reopens May 1, 2019.

Shallow-Water Grouper, closed effective January 1, 2019. Reopens May 1, 2019.

Red Snapper, reopens for five days in 2019 (July 12, 13, & 14 and July 19 & 20)


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: