Grouper, Wreckfish

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

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

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from September 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018
    from September 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    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:
    OPEN
    Size Limit: None
    Trip Limit: Individual Transferable Quota system in place; only ITQ shareholders or their designees may commercially harvest wreckfish.
    Spawning season closure: January 15 through April 15
    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.
    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: SAFMC Wreckfish Commercial Regulations

  • 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

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from September 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018
    from September 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019

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

  • Additional Notes
    No established minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Closed Seasons from September 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018
    from September 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Additional Notes
    No established size limit or bag limit in state waters. General limit of 100 pounds or 2 fish (which ever is greater) applies in state waters.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

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

  • 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.

  • Gear Dehooking and Venting

  • Additional Notes
    No established size limit or bag limit in Monroe County waters. General limit of 100 pounds or 2 fish (which ever is greater) applies in state waters.

  • 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.

For a list of official country and state regulations, visit here