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Dec. 27, 2022
Recreational harvest of shallow water grouper, including gag, closes in Atlantic state waters (including all state waters of Monroe County) on Jan. 1, 2023. The shallow water grouper complex includes black, gag, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, red, coney, graysby, red hind and rock hind. Harvest for shallow water grouper will reopen to recreational anglers in Atlantic state waters (including Monroe County) on May 1, 2023.

The FWC is committed to collecting critical recreational harvest fishing data to inform management of popular reef fish, including gag grouper. The State Reef Fish Survey provides the FWC with a clearer picture of stock health, please make sure you are signed up as a State Reef Fish Angler. This designation is required for recreational anglers and spearfishers who intend to fish for or harvest certain reef fish species from a private vessel in Florida. To learn more about the State Reef Fish Survey, visit

For current recreational gag grouper regulations, visit and click on “Recreational Regulations,” “Reef Fish” and then “Grouper” or download the Fish Rules App.

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