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New Biscayne National Park Regulations

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Florida Saltwater Fishing

Starting July 1, 2020, several new regulatory changes aimed at achieving fishery management goals in Biscayne National Park go into effect. As part of the Fishery Management Plan, the FWC and the National Park Service agreed that FWC would develop fishing regulations for the park with the goal of increasing the size and abundance of targeted species by at least 20% within the park.

New regulations:

Minimum size limit increases

  • Purpose: To increase sizes of targeted species within the park by 20%.
  • Transit through park allowed while in possession of fish legally caught outside the park that do not meet the new minimum size limits.
  • Species include:
    • Gray (mangrove) snapper: 12″ TL (changed from 10″)
    • Lane snapper: 10″ TL (changed from 8″)
    • Mutton snapper: 19″ TL (changed from 18”)
    • Schoolmaster snapper: 12″ TL (changed from 10”)
    • Yellowtail snapper: 14″ TL (changed from 12″)
    • Red grouper: 24″ TL (changed from 20″)
    • Bluestriped grunt: 10″ TL (changed from none)
    • White grunt: 8″ TL (changed from none)
    • Gray triggerfish: 14″ FL (changed from 12″)

Aggregate bag limits

  • Purpose: To increase abundances of targeted species by 20%.
  • Transit of the species listed here in excess of the 10-fish aggregate bag limit is NOT allowed through the park. This does not affect bag limits or transit of species not included in the aggregate.
  • 10-fish per person aggregate harvest and possession limit for recreational harvest of select commonly targeted fish including:
    • Drums — Spotted seatrout, red drum, black drum
    • Flounder — Gulf, southern, summer, fringed
    • Grouper — Red, black, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby
    • Jacks — Permit, Florida pompano, African pompano, blue runner, greater amberjack, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, crevalle jack, yellow jack
    • Porgies — Sheepshead, jolthead porgy, whitebone porgy, knobbed porgy, sheepshead porgy
    • Snapper — Gray, lane, mutton, schoolmaster and yellowtail
    • Triggerfish — Gray and ocean
    • Other species — Cero mackerel, great barracuda, all grunts, hogfish, ladyfish, silver jenny, snook species, tripletail

Coral Reef Protection Areas inside Park

  • Purpose: Protect areas of high-quality corals or threatened species of coral
  • Traps and lobstering prohibited year-round.
  • Anniversary Reef: 25° 23.239′ -80° 9.982′ (aka Alina’s Reef)
  • Ball Buoy Reef: 25° 19.056′ -80° 11.132′
  • Fowey Rocks: 25° 35.019′ -80° 5.842′
  • Marker 3 Reef: 25° 22.250′ -80° 9.671′
  • Old Rhodes Key Reef: 25° 21.471′ -80° 11.180′ (aka Lob120 Reef)

BNP headquarters trap-free zone

  • Purpose: Reduce conflicts in high-use area
  • No-traps are allowed in the 0.3 square miles near the visitor center at park headquarters.
  • Applies to recreational and commercial traps

No trawl zones

  • Purpose: Protect hardbottom habitat and reduce bycatch

Staff will return in five years to provide an update on monitoring and progress toward management goals and to evaluate the effectiveness and need for the Coral Reef Protection Areas.

For more visit, MyFWC.com/BNP.