Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting January 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County.
This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper as well as scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney and graysby.
State waters in the Atlantic run from shore to three nautical miles out.
Florida Grouper Closure 2012 Season
The harvest of these species of grouper in Atlantic state waters will remain closed through April 30, reopening May 1. The harvest closure was established to ensure the “long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species,” according the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A similar closure will also take effect in federal waters of the Atlantic.