Grouper, Black

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Excellent, but large individuals may contain ciguatera toxin and elevated mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Additional Notes
    Closed Feb. 1 thru Mar. 31 when fishing beyond the 20-fathom break. -----------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    24 inch minimum size limit (total length) Managed under an IFQ program. Anyone commercially fishing for grouper or tilefish must possess IFQ allocation and follow established protocols.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    No more than 1 Black or Gag Grouper.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters Season: OPEN effective May 1, 2018
    Size Limit: 24-inch total length.
    Trip Limit: None
    Annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure January 1 through April 30. Prohibition on recreational and commercial harvest or possession of: gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Black Grouper Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    A closed season for the recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as scamp has also been established from Feb. 1 - March 31 of each year sea- ward of the 20 fathom (120 feet) curve.

    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Grouper (excluding Nassau grouper during closed season) and rockfish must weigh at least 3 lbs. Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish. All other grouper landed between Dec 1 and Feb 28 must have head, tail, and skin intact.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

  • Snagging Permitted

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.
    Aggregate grouper possession limit = 1 per person
    Any private recreational fishing vessel, charter boat or head boat, must obtain a Tilefish and Grouper Landing Permit, for that vessel, from the Marine Resources Commission in order to possess aboard, or land any tilefish or grouper, harvested recreationally.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational seasons in Alabama state waters open and close along with federal regulations. See Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council regulations for closed seasons.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    No more than 1 black grouper or 1 gag grouper.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Limit 1 Black or Gag Grouper

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Additional Notes
    Closed February 1 through March 31 when fishing beyond the 20-fathom break.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Limit 1 black or 1 gag grouper.

    For seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net and see the most recent FF-Snapper-Grouper recreational proclamation.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 4

  • Closed Seasons from February 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking and Venting

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Limit 1 Black or Gag Grouper

  • Gigging Prohibited

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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