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Closure of Red Grouper December 12

From NOAA Fisheries:

  • The recreational harvest of red grouper in South Atlantic federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 12, 2018.
  • Recreational harvest will open at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on May 1, 2019.



  • The 2018 recreational catch limit is 77,840 pounds whole weight.
  • Recreational landings have exceeded the recreational catch limit; therefore, recreational harvest must close. 



  • During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits of red grouper in or from federal waters are zero.
  • The prohibition on harvest or possession of red grouper applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper.

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