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 September 5, 2020. Reopens second Monday in July if determined allowed by NOAA Fisheries.

Shallow Water Grouper (Black Grouper, Coney, Gag Grouper, Graysby, Red Grouper, Red Hind, Rock Hind, Scamp, Yellowfin Grouper, and Yellowmouth Grouper), closed effective January 1, 2021. Reopens May 1, 2021, except Red Grouper caught off the Carolinas, which reopen June 1, 2021.

Golden Tilefish, closed effective March 31, 2021. Reopens January 1, 2022.

Greater Amberjack, closed effective April 1, 2021. Reopens May 1, 2021.

Spiny Lobster (East Florida), closed effective April 1, 2021. Reopens August 6, 2021.

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.

Red Snapper, closed effective July 17, 2020. Reopens July 9, 2021, if determined allowed by NOAA Fisheries.

Blueline Tilefish, closed effective September 1, 2020. Reopens May 1, 2021.

Snowy Grouper, closed effective September 1, 2020. Reopens May 1, 2021.

Wreckfish, closed effective September 1, 2020. Reopens July 1, 2021.

Hogfish (Florida East Coast and Florida Keys), closed effective November 1, 2020. Reopens May 1, 2021.

Shallow Water Grouper (Black Grouper, Coney, Gag Grouper, Graysby, Red Grouper, Red Hind, Rock Hind, Scamp, Yellowfin Grouper, and Yellowmouth Grouper), closed effective January 1, 2021. Reopens May 1, 2021, except Red Grouper caught off the Carolinas, which reopen June 1, 2021.

Spiny Lobster (East Florida), closed effective April 1, 2021. Reopens for mini-season July 28 & 29, 2021. Then closes July 30, 2021 and reopens August 6, 2021.

 


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: