How the heck did they decide on this? Now a fish that is relatively more common than a Golden Tilefish will be less open for harvest. By putting a 4 month a year time frame on when recreational anglers can fish for them ( during a time when the current is usually screaming making it impractical to target them) they will be fewer harvested. And when one is accidentally hauled up during the other 8 months of the year? Recovery from 500ft of barotrauma is not likely -- What a waste! https://myfwc.com/news/all-news/tilefish-1020/
Since these were the easiest deep fish to target, well, they were targeted by most just starting out in the deep drop game. I believe the measure is a bit extreme but we were lucky for many years as the SE Florida coast is the only place that they could be caught in State waters.
“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway