Grouper Regulations in Florida State Waters

Symbols Key:

  • «: Spearing Prohibited
  • p: Must Remain in Whole Condition (removal of gills and guts allowed).
  • u: Measured as Total Length.
  • n: State Regulations Apply in Federal Waters.
  • l: Additional Gear Rules Apply.
  • T: Harvest Prohibited with Any Multiple Hook with Natural Bait.
  • X: State Reef Fish Angler Designation Required.

Atlantic Grouper General Regulations:

  • Aggregate Bag Limit: 3 fish per harvester per day in any combination of species of grouper plus golden and blueline tilefish.
  • Seasons: Open year-round unless seasonal information is provided.

Gulf Grouper General Regulations:

  • Aggregate Bag Limit: 4 fish per harvester per day in any combination of grouper species.
  • Seasons: Open year-round unless seasonal information is provided.
  • Note: Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels applies to gag, black, and red grouper only.

Specific Grouper Regulations:

Grouper, Black – p u l X

  • Minimum Size Limits: 24" in both Atlantic and Gulf.
  • Season: Atlantic closed Jan. 1–April 30; Gulf open year-round.
  • Bag Limit: 1 per harvester in Atlantic; 4 per harvester in Gulf.

Grouper, Snowy – p l

  • Minimum Size Limit: None for Atlantic and Gulf.
  • Bag Limit: 1 per harvester in Atlantic; 4 per harvester in Gulf.

Grouper, Red – p u l X

  • Minimum Size Limits: 20" in both Atlantic and Gulf.
  • Season: Atlantic closed Jan. 1–April 30; Gulf open year-round.
  • Bag Limit: 3 per harvester in Atlantic; 2 per harvester in Gulf.

Grouper, Warsaw & Speckled Hind – p l

  • Minimum Size Limits: None for Atlantic and Gulf.
  • Bag Limit: 1 per vessel per day of each species in both Atlantic and Gulf.

Grouper, Scamp – p u l

  • Minimum Size Limits: 20" in Atlantic, 16" in Gulf.
  • Season: Atlantic closed Jan. 1–April 30; Gulf open year-round.
  • Bag Limit: 3 per harvester in Atlantic; 4 per harvester in Gulf.

Gag Grouper – p u l X

  • Minimum Size Limits: 24" in both Atlantic and Gulf.
  • Season: Atlantic closed Jan. 1–April 30; Gulf open Sept. 1–Nov. 10.
  • Bag Limit: 1 per harvester in Atlantic; 2 per harvester in Gulf.

Grouper, Yellowfin & Yellowmouth – p u l

  • Minimum Size Limits: 20" in both Atlantic and Gulf.
  • Season: Atlantic closed Jan. 1–April 30; Gulf open year-round.
  • Bag Limit: 3 per harvester in Atlantic; 4 per harvester in Gulf.

Other Groupers – p l

  • Includes: Rock Hind, Red Hind, Coney, Graysby, Misty, and Yellowedge.
  • Season: Various, check for specific species.
  • Bag Limit: 3 per harvester in Atlantic; 4 per harvester in Gulf.

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