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Several grouper closures to start off 2021

Capt Don Dingman boats a grouper for a young angler on Hook The Future
Capt Don Dingman boats a grouper for a young angler on Hook The Future

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you love a filet of grouper, better plan a trip before January 1st- several species of grouper close at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, the seas look too bumpy this weekend to head out.

Gag grouper will close to recreational harvest in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 1, 2021. The same day, several species of grouper will also close to recreational and commercial harvest in Atlantic state waters and all state waters off Monroe County. This Atlantic seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, and yellowfin grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. A similar closure will also occur in Atlantic federal waters.

For gag grouper, state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties will reopen to harvest April 1 through June 30 and Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. All other Gulf state waters (except waters off Monroe County, which follows the Atlantic state season) and all Gulf federal waters will reopen June 1 through Dec. 31.

In the Atlantic and state waters of Monroe County, the grouper closure ends April 30, and harvest will reopen May 1.

Grouper information, including Atlantic and Gulf grouper regulations, is available online. Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select “Saltwater Fishing” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Groupers.”


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