Recreational Closure for Red Grouper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on December 12, 2018

December 07, 2018

FB18-085 South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For More Information, Contact: Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305

WHAT/WHEN:

  • The recreational harvest of red grouper in South Atlantic federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 12, 2018.
  • Recreational harvest will open at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on May 1, 2019.

 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

  • The 2018 recreational catch limit is 77,840 pounds whole weight.
  • Recreational landings have exceeded the recreational catch limit; therefore, recreational harvest must close. 

 

DURING THE CLOSURE:

  • During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits of red grouper in or from federal waters are zero.
  • The prohibition on harvest or possession of red grouper applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper.

 

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at: https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6#_top.


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 13, 2019