New Red Grouper Rules For Gulf

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a new state regulation at it’s Nov. 20 meeting in Key Largo that lowers the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County. Earlier this year, the recreational red grouper season was closed in federal waters because of the recreational catch limit being exceeded in 2013. Florida anglers and for-hire captains requested the change in the bag limit hoping it will increase the length of the recreational red grouper season in federal waters. The changes also make state regulations consistent with pending regulations in Gulf federal waters. As long as the two-fish federal regulation is approved, the new state regulation will go into effect on January 1, 2015.