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Jack Hexter wrote: »
Yes you can eat a grouper on the boat. Doesn't make a difference between Federal or State water. You CANNOT eat one out of season and the one you eat counts against your limit
68B-22.006 Other Prohibitions; Applicability.
(1) The harvest of any redfish in or from state waters by or with the use of any multiple hook in conjunction with live or dead natural bait is prohibited. Spearing or snagging (snatch hooking) of redfish in or from state waters is prohibited.
(2) It is unlawful for any person to possess, transport, buy, sell, exchange or attempt to buy, sell or exchange any redfish harvested in violation of this chapter.
(3) No operator of a vessel in or on state waters shall allow the possession aboard the vessel of any redfish not in compliance with established bag limits, size limits, seasons or any prohibited gear as specified in this chapter or in Chapter 68B-4, F.A.C.
(4) All redfish harvested from Florida waters shall be landed in a whole condition. The possession, while in or on state waters, on any public or private fishing pier, or on a bridge or catwalk attached to a bridge from which fishing is allowed, or on any jetty, of any redfish that has been deheaded, sliced, divided, filleted, ground, skinned, scaled or deboned is prohibited. Mere evisceration or “gutting” of redfish, or mere removal of gills from redfish, before landing is not prohibited. Preparation of redfish for immediate consumption on board the vessel from which the fish were caught is not prohibited.
(5) Provisions of this rule chapter shall not apply to redfish artificially spawned and raised in commercial aquaculture facilities. Failure to maintain appropriate receipt(s), bill(s), bill(s) of sale, or bill(s) of lading, that such redfish were artificially spawned and raised in commercial aquaculture facilities, shall constitute a violation of this rule.
(6) The simultaneous possession aboard a vessel of any gill net or entangling net together with any redfish is prohibited.
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Not sure how they are going to count the ones you eat........
The way I see it is NO you cant eat a grouper that you caught while out fishing on the trip you caught the grouper. You are allowed 1 1/2 pounds of filets per person if you have the means to cook it, but any grouper you catch while out fishing has to be landed in whole condition. So you could not filet it before landing it. The filets would have to be taken out with you from a grouper caught from another trip. I think if you were be checked by an leo while in the process of fileting a grouper, or while cooking the grouper with a fileted carcass on board while out fishing you would be in a lot of hot water. And you could eat a grouper out of season if you took some grouper filets out with you that were caught on another trip.
I cannot find the reference to reef fish, but here's Florida law on redfish:
This thread cites the Federal regulation where you are allowed to cook a fish on the vessel on which it was caught, and the cite was provided by SA Coker
Please Stay Safe And Have A Wonderful Day.
Special Agent Allan Coker
NOAA's Office For Fishery Law Enforcement