In past years, Many different types of grouper, including black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind were off limits to anglers from Feb. 1 through March 31.
Now, the ruling has been removed for fishing in both state and federal Gulf waters shoreward of the 20-fathom line or about 120 feet of water. The closure of these species remains in place for anglers fishing seaward of the 20-fathom line in the Gulf of Mexico.
This closure was removed in state waters last September by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and for federal waters last summer by NOAA Fisheries.
The change does not apply to gag grouper in any Gulf waters. Gag grouper has its own season that opens July 1 and typically closes sometime before the end of the year when the quota is reached.
The original recreational shallow-water grouper closure was part of a suite of measures designed to achieve target harvest levels for red grouper and gag grouper.
Venting tool requirement
As of Jan. 24, Florida anglers no longer wi