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October 24, 2012

Florida grouper, snapper closures announced

Angling for gag grouper in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic vermilion snapper closes Nov. 1

The recreational fishing season for gag grouper in most Gulf of Mexico waters and vermilion snapper in the Atlantic Ocean will close on Nov. 1 to help reduce overfishing and increase the population of both species.

The gag grouper closure does not include state waters off Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, which were open April 1 through June 30 this year, or state waters off Monroe County, which is currently open through Dec. 31 falls under regulations for Atlantic gag grouper. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages marine fish from the shore to nine nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

The recreational fishing for vermilion snapper closes Nov. 1 in all state and federal Atlantic waters off Florida, including Florida state and federal waters off Monroe County that are south and east of US1. The FWC manages marine fish from the shore to three nautical miles in the Atlantic.

For more information go to MyFWC.com/Fishing