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.

 

Click Here For A Helpful Seasonal Calendar


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), closed effective March 31, 2021. Reopens January 1, 2022.

Golden Tilefish (hook & line), closed effective June 1, 2021. Reopens January 1, 2022.

Spanish Mackerel Northern Zone (NY-NC), closed effective June 28, 2021. Reopens March 1, 2022.

Blueline Tilefish, closed effective August 1, 2021. Reopens January 1, 2022.

Red Snapper, closed effective September 14, 2021. Reopens July 11, 2022 if determined allowed by NOAA Fisheries.

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 12, 2021. Reopens July 8, 2022 if determined allowed by NOAA Fisheries.

Blueline Tilefish, closed effective September 1, 2021. Reopens May 1, 2022.

Snowy Grouper, closed effective September 1, 2021. Reopens May 1, 2022.

Wreckfish, closed effective September 1, 2021. Reopens July 1, 2o22.

Golden Tilefish, closed effective September 20, 2021. Reopens January 1, 2022.

 


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: