Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

 

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Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties on July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30.

The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla, and Taylor counties, opened June 1 and will remain open through December 31, and will close January 1, 2017. Monroe County is also excluded from this season because it follows the Atlantic season for gag grouper.

The four-county region includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County, and all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County.

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

Gag grouper caught in federal waters during the federal season and in state waters outside the four-county region may be taken ashore in Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties, but boats with gag grouper aboard may not stop and must have gear stowed while traveling through state waters in that region.