Grouper Season Opens April 1


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council reminds anglers that the recreational harvest of shallow-water groupers - except for gag - reopens April 1 in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Gag opens July 1.

The annual February 1 - March 31 closure of Gulf recreational shallow-water groupers includes gag, black, red, yellowfin, scamp, and yellowmouth. 

Note: the gag recreational season remains closed. Gag will open July 1. The proposed closing date, if approved by the Department of Commerce, will occur when the gag quota is projected to be met. That date is expected to be between November 11 and December 3.  Size limits and bag limits (22" and 2/person) for gag have not changed.  

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