|Photo: Capt. Frady|
First, we’re reconsidering the recreational 2013 gag season and bag limit. We are not reducing the amount of gag that can be harvested, we are simply considering different season and bag options at the request of fishermen and the State of Florida.
The current recreational gag regulations are:
- Open season from July 1 through October 31
- 2 fish bag limit
Although the current season provides the most fishing days, fishermen have asked us to consider shifting the season to days when there is greater demand for gag fishing. We’re also considering a 1-fish bag limit to increase the number of fishing days available.
Second, we’re reconsidering the February through March shallow-water grouper closed season.
The current shallow-water grouper regulations are:
- Closed season February 1 – March 31 for gag, red grouper, black grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, and yellowfin grouper
Changes in grouper management and changes to fish stocks have led fishermen and scientists to question the need for the shallow-water grouper closure. We’re considering whether we should remove or modify this closed season, and we’d like your input.
If you’d like to know a bit more about the possible changes, read this guide and/or watch this short video presentation:
Your comments are important to us, and we hope you can join us at one of these public hearings:
October 15, 2012
Country Inn & Suites 4415 Commons Dr. E. Destin, FL 32541 (850) 650-9191
Courtyard Marriott 3250 Tamiami Trail N. Naples, FL 34103 (239) 434-8700
October 16, 2012
Sirata Hotel 5300 Gulf Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33706 (727) 363-5100
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Holiday Inn Express 160 W. Commerce Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 948-6191
October 17, 2012
Courtyard Marriott 11471 Cinema Drive D'Iberville, MS 39540 (228) 392-1200
Hilton Galveston 5400 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77551 (409) 744-5000
October 18, 2012
Corpus Christi, Texas
Harte Institute 6300 Ocean Dr., Rm 127 Corpus Christi, TX 78412 (361) 825-2000
Crowne Plaza Airport 2829 W. Williams Blvd. Kenner, LA 70062 (504) 467-5611
**All meetings begin at 6pm
If you don’t think you can make it in person please send us a comment using this electronic comment form.
Thanks for taking the time to help us make these important fishery management decisions. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.