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Amberjack, triggerfish and gag grouper season changes in Gulf waters start Jan. 1

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Dec. 20, 2016

 

Suggested Tweet: Greater #amberjack opens in Gulf state waters Jan. 1: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/17b219a #Florida #fishing

 

Suggested Tweet: Gray #triggerfish remains closed in 2017 in Gulf state waters: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/17b219a #fishing #Florida

 

Suggested Tweet: Gag #grouper recreational harvest closes in most Gulf waters Jan. 1: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/17b219a #Florida #fishing

 

 

Amberjack, triggerfish and gag grouper season changes in Gulf waters start Jan. 1

 

Starting Jan 1, several recreational fishing season changes in Gulf waters will go into effect including:

  • Greater amberjack will open
  • Gray triggerfish will remain closed
  • Gag grouper will close in most Gulf waters.

See below for details on each season.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages marine fish from the shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

Greater amberjack

The greater amberjack season in Gulf state waters has been closed since Sept. 10.


This temporary closure was put into place because NOAA Fisheries estimated that the 2016 annual federal recreational quota was exceeded and the recreational harvest season in adjacent federal waters closed. The quota is the poundage of fish that can be caught each year while maintaining a sustainable fishery. Federal rules require that any harvest in excess of the quota for this overfished species must be deducted from the next year’s quota and could result in a shortened federal season. State waters closed early in 2016 to help minimize negative impacts of a quota overage on Florida anglers and the 2017 season.

 

Gray triggerfish

 

The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters in response to an announcement that the 2016 federal gray triggerfish quota was exceeded by more than 200 percent and that federal waters will be closed through Dec. 31, 2017. As with greater amberjack, gray triggerfish is overfished, and when the federal quota is exceeded, federal rules require the excess harvest to be deducted from the quota used to set the following year’s season. The state waters closure will help avoid a quota overage in 2017.

 

The FWC approved this 2017 state waters closure at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg. However, the FWC will consider a potential limited gray triggerfish season for fall 2017 at an upcoming meeting in an effort to provide fishing opportunities to Gulf anglers.

 

Gag grouper

 

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters Jan. 1, 2017.

 

This is an annual closure and the season will reopen June 1, 2017.

 

State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties are open from April 1 through June 30 only and are not open during the June 1 through Dec. 31 season. Monroe County is also excluded from the June through December season because it follows Atlantic rules for gag grouper.

 

Learn more

 

To learn more about greater amberjack, gray triggerfish and gag grouper , visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing” and “Recreational Regulations.”

Gulf gray triggerfish 2017 recreational season conservation measure approved

Gulf gray triggerfish 2017 recreational season conservation measure approved

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Nov. 17, 2016

 

Suggested Tweet: Gray #triggerfish changes approved via @MyFWC: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1733680 #fishing #Florida

 

Gulf gray triggerfish 2017 recreational season conservation measure approved

The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters in response to an announcement that the 2016 federal gray triggerfish quota was exceeded and that federal waters will be closed through Dec. 31, 2017.

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved this change at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg. However, the Commission will consider a potential limited gray triggerfish season for fall 2017 at an upcoming meeting in an effort to provide fishing opportunities to Gulf anglers.

 

“There is a lot of value we can gain by giving our stakeholders the opportunity to talk to us and our staff about what they are seeing on the water,” said Commissioner Chuck Roberts. “By revisiting the discussion about a limited season in 2017, we can use both stakeholder input and updated data to make an informed decision.”

 

Gray triggerfish is overfished. When the federal gray triggerfish quota is exceeded, federal rules require the excess harvest to be deducted from the quota used to set the following year’s season. The state waters closure will help avoid a quota overage in 2017.

 

To learn more about gray triggerfish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Triggerfish.”

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Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Sept. 19, 2016

 

Suggested Tweet: Bay #scallop season closes Sept. 25. @MyFWC: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1654aae #Florida #fishing

 

Recreational bay scallop season closes Sept. 25

 

The 2016 recreational season for bay scallops, from the western end of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco-Hernando county line, will close Sunday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Saturday, Sept. 24, bringing an end to the season statewide. The area west of St. Vincent Island through the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County, including St. Joseph Bay and all of Gulf County, closed Sept. 5.

 

Restoration efforts continue to be underway in St. Joseph Bay following negative impacts to the scallop population in that area during a 2015 red tide event. Swimming, boating, fishing or scalloping in the restoration area, which is in the southeast portion of the bay south of Black’s Island and marked with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) buoys, is prohibited during and after the scallop season. The FWC will continue monitoring and conducting restoration efforts in the bay.

 

Scallop harvesters can assist researchers by completing an online survey at http://svy.mk/bayscallops, indicating where they harvested scallops, how many they collected and how long it took to harvest them. Participants may email BayScallops@MyFWC.com to ask questions or send additional information.

 

Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops” to learn more. Learn more about long-term trends in the open and closed scalloping areas by visiting MyFWC.com/Research, and clicking on “Saltwater,” “Molluscs,” “Bay Scallops” and “Bay Scallop Season and Abundance Survey.”

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FWC extends 2016 recreational red snapper season

As Florida recovers from Hurricane Hermine, FWC extends recreational red snapper season per Gov. Rick Scott’s request

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Sept. 8, 2016

 

Suggested Tweet: Recreational red #snapper season expanded extra 7 days per @FLGovScott request: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/162bd3b #Florida #fishing

 

As Florida recovers from Hurricane Hermine, FWC extends recreational red snapper season per Gov. Rick Scott’s request

 

Expanded fishing on Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Following a request from Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has expanded the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters by adding an additional seven days in November. The expanded open season dates will be Nov. 5 and 6; Nov. 11 and 12, which is Veteran’s Day weekend; and Nov. 25, 26 and 27, which is the Thanksgiving holiday. The Nov. 26 date is also a saltwater license-free fishing day. Recreational fishing in Gulf waters adds $7.6 billion annually to Florida’s economy.

 

Gov. Scott said, “Communities across Florida’s Gulf Coast rely on the economic benefit provided by Florida’s 78-day red snapper season. Because of weather conditions caused by Hurricane Hermine, Florida anglers were unable to enjoy an essential weekend of this important season. That is why I requested FWC to expand red snapper season to make up for lost fishing opportunities and keep Florida the ‘Fishing Capital of the World.’”

“The popular red snapper season is an important economic driver for Florida’s coastal communities,” said FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski. “On behalf of the entire FWC, I would like to thank Governor Scott for the encouragement on the expansion of red snapper season and for his leadership while Florida continues to recover from Hurricane Hermine. We look forward to more communities and anglers benefitting from these additional fishing opportunities.”

The red snapper season in state waters was scheduled to be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. To learn more about red snapper, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers.”

 

                                                 

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