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.

Spanish Mackerel (Northern Zone), closed effective August 24, 2019. Reopens March 1, 2020.

Red Snapper, closed effective August 30, 2019. Reopens in July 2020, if allowed.

Shallow-Water Grouper (black grouper, coney, gag, graysby, red grouper, red hind, rock hind, scamp, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper), closed effective January 1, 2020. Reopens May 1, 2020.

Red Porgy, closed effective January 1, 2020. Reopens May 1, 2020.

Wreckfish, closed effective January 15, 2020. Reopens April 16, 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.

Red Snapper, closed effective July 21, 2019. Reopening to be determined by NMFS.

Blueline Tilefish, closed effective September 1, 2019. Reopens May 1, 2020.

Snowy Grouper, closed effective September 1, 2019. Reopens May 1, 2020.

Wreckfish, closed effective September 1, 2019. Reopens July 1, 2020.

Hogfish (East Coast of Florida & Keys), closed effective November 1, 2019. Reopens May 1, 2020.

Shallow-Water Grouper (black grouper, coney, gag, graysby, red grouper, red hind, rock hind, scamp, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper) closed effective January 1, 2020. Reopens May 1, 2020.


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: