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Know Your Management Zones

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For most species, Florida's recreational bag limits apply to all state waters off Florida, which extend out to 3 nautical miles on the Atlantic and out to 9 nautical miles on the Gulf. The maps below provide information regarding species that have specific management zones where bag limits or rules vary by region.

Red Drum

For red drum there are three management zones and the daily recreational bag limit is two fish in northeast and northwest regions, and one fish in the south region.

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Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout has four management zones and the recreational bag limit is six fish in the northeast region, five fish in the northwest region, and four fish in the southeast and southwest zones.

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Blue Crabs

The blue crab trap closure map identifies the regions and time-frames where recreational traps must be removed from the water or tied to private property. Crabbing can continue during a trap closure period with other legal gear or with traps that are attached to private property. For more information on trap closures please visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing/Saltwater/Recreational/Blue-Crab.

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Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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