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Snappers

General Snappers Regulations:
  • Within state waters of the Atlantic and Gulf, the snapper aggregate bag limit is 10 fish per harvester unless the species rule specifies that it is not included in the aggregate. This means that a harvester can retain a total of 10 snappers in any combination of species. Exceptions are noted below.

Grouper

Atlantic GrouperGeneral Regulations:

  • Atlantic grouper regulations apply to all state waters of the Atlantic and all state waters off Monroe County (Gulf and Atlantic sides).
  • Atlantic grouper aggregate bag limit is 3 fish which means that no harvester shall retain more than 3 Atlantic groupers in any combination of species.
  • Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels applies to all species of grouper.

Gulf Grouper General Regulations:

  • Gulf grouper regulations apply to all state waters of the Gulf except off Monroe County (where Atlantic rules apply).
  • Gulf grouper aggregate bag limit is 4 fish which means that no harvester can retain more than 4 Gulf grouper in any combination of species.
  • Zero bag limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels applies to Gag, Black, and Red Grouper only.

All art: © Diane Rome Peebles, except snowy grouper (Duane Raver)

Must remain in whole condition (removal of gills and guts allowed).

Measured as total length. Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the fish is lying on its side.

State regulations apply in federal waters.

Additional gear rules apply, please see: MyFWC.com

THarvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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