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NOAA Gag Grouper Numbers Defy Belief

NOAA Fisheries recently released preliminary numbers for Florida’s recreational harvest of gag grouper and the results are baffling. According to the federal data system, recreational anglers caught a total of 1.67 million pounds of gag grouper in 2023:

Private boat anglers: 1.4 million pounds

Charter boat  – 162,832 pounds

Shore-based anglers – 106,602 pounds

Headboat – 8,644 pounds

The State of Florida’s Reef Fish Survey reports that private boat anglers – the only category for which it collects data – caught just 240,000 pounds of gag grouper in 2023.

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