Grouper, Gag

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Excellent, but large individuals may contain ciguatera toxin and elevated mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Closed Feb. 1 thru Mar. 31 when fishing beyond the 20-fathom break.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    No more than 1 Gag or Black Grouper.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.


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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    CLOSED effective January 1, 2018. Reopens May 1, 2018.
    Size Limit: 24-inches total length
    Trip Limit: 1,000-lbs (gw).
    Regulatory Remarks:This species is part of the shallow water grouper spawning season closure. There is an annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure January 1 through April 30. Prohibition on recreational and commercial harvest or possession of: gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper.
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude. After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights. Limited access permit required.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Gag Grouper Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to May 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Note that Gag grouper season is different in Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin Counties than the rest of Florida Gulf State waters.
    0 bag limit for charter captain and crew.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2018

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational seasons in Alabama state waters open and close along with federal regulations. See Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council regulations for closed seasons.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2018

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No sale March 1 through April 30.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 22 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Limit 1 Gag or Black Grouper

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

  • Snagging Permitted

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.
    Aggregate limit = 1 grouper of any species per person.
    Any private recreational fishing vessel, charter boat or head boat, must obtain a Tilefish and Grouper Landing Permit, for that vessel, from the Marine Resources Commission in order to possess aboard, or land any tilefish or grouper, harvested recreationally.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Limit 1 black or 1 gag grouper.

    For seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net and see the most recent FF-Snapper-Grouper recreational proclamation.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    No more than 1 black grouper or 1 gag grouper.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Grouper (excluding Nassau grouper during closed season) and rockfish must weigh at least 3 lbs. Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish. All other grouper landed between Dec 1 and Feb 28 must have head, tail, and skin intact.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking and Venting

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Limit 1 Gag or Black Grouper

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018
    from July 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2019
    from July 1st, 2019 to August 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    During April, May, June, September, October, and December Gag Grouper are OPEN to harvest in Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin Counties including all waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass. Gag grouper are CLOSED to harvest in these four counties during the remainder of the year. For more information, see myFWC Gulf Grouper.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018
    from July 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2019
    from July 1st, 2019 to August 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    During April, May, June, September, October, and December Gag Grouper are OPEN to harvest in Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin Counties including all waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass. Gag grouper are CLOSED to harvest in these four counties during the remainder of the year. For more information, see myFWC Grouper.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018
    from July 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2019
    from July 1st, 2019 to August 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    During April, May, June, September, October, and December Gag Grouper are OPEN to harvest in Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin Counties including all waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass. Gag grouper are CLOSED to harvest in these four counties during the remainder of the year. For more information, see myFWC Grouper.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018
    from July 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2019
    from July 1st, 2019 to August 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    During April, May, June, September, October, and December Gag Grouper are OPEN to harvest in Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin Counties including all waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass. Gag grouper are CLOSED to harvest in these four counties during the remainder of the year. For more information, see myFWC Grouper.

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