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.

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

Spiny Lobster (East coast of Florida), closed effective April 1, 2019. Reopens August 5, 2019.

Gray Triggerfish, closed effective April 17, 2019. Reopens July 1, 2019.

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.

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

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

Spiny Lobster (East coast of Florida), closed effective April 1, 2019. Mini season dates are July 24 & 25, 2019. Reopens August 5, 2019.


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: