Harvest Limits

Sector Annual Catch Limit Annual Catch Target
Stock
Commercial  1,217,000 pounds gutted weight 939,000 pounds gutted weight
Recreational 1,903,000 pounds gutted weight 1,708,000 pounds gutted weight

Allocation

Scientific Name

Mycteroperca microlepis

Stock Assessment

SEDAR 33

Regulations

Recreational Commercial
Season Open June 1 – December 31. If landings reach the recreational ACL, harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year. Season Gag grouper is managed under an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program. Anyone commercially fishing for gag grouper must possess allocation and follow established protocols.
Minimum Size Limit 24 inches total length Minimum Size Limit 24 inches total length
Bag Limit 2 per person within the 4 grouper aggregate bag limit which includes gag, red grouper, black grouper, scamp, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, yellowedge grouper, snowy grouper, speckled hind, and warsaw grouper. No grouper may be retained by the captain or crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat. Trip Limit none
Permit State issued recreational license/angler registry, federal angler registry or Federal charter/headboat permit for reef fish Permit Commercial vessel permit for reef fish is required. Additionally, an eastern Gulf reef fish bottom longline endorsement required to use bottom longline for Gulf reef fish in the federal waters east of 85°30′ longitude.
Gear Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks. Gear Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks.