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Commercial Closure for Snowy Grouper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on August 3, 2019

July 26, 2019

FB19-041: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Sustainable Fisheries, Mary Vara, 727-824-5305


  • The commercial harvest of snowy grouper in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 3, 2019During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of snowy grouper is prohibited, and harvest or possession of snowy grouper in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits while the recreational sector is open. 



  • The 2019 commercial catch limit is 153,935 pounds gutted weight, or 181,644 pounds whole weight.  Commercial landings are projected to reach the commercial catch limit.  According to the accountability measure, harvest should close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded. 



  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.
  • The prohibition on sale or purchase during a closure for snowy grouper does not apply to fish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2019, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
  • The 2020 commercial fishing season for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will open on January 1, 2020, with a catch limit of 153,935 pounds gutted weight, or 181,644 pounds whole weight.


This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at



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Other contacts:

Media: Kim Amendola, 727-551-5707

            Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750


Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 27, 2019