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July 23, 2012

Florida Permit Season Opens August 1

Special Zone in South Florida to open for anglers.

Permit Season Opening in South Florida Special Zone Permit will open for recreational harvest August 1 in the Special Permit Zone, an area south of Cape Florida on Florida’s west coast and south of Cape Sable on the east coast of Florida that encompasses both state and federal waters.

The season closes annually on May 1 in the Special Permit Zone. Commercial harvest of permit is not allowed inside the Special Permit Zone. Outside of the Special Permit Zone, the recreational harvest of permit is open year-round.

Inside the Special Permit Zone anglers are allowed a bag limit of one fish, 22 inches fork length minimum, per person, per day with no more than 2 per vessel per day. In state waters, anglers can take permit using hook and line only;  in federal waters permit may be speared as.

In all other state and federal waters outside the Special Permit Zone, anglers may keep two fish per day, larger than 11 inches but less than 22 inches fork length, with one exception: anglers may take one fish larger than 22 inches within the two-fish bag limit.

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