At its Feb. 22 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a rule to modify recreational regulations for red porgy, snowy grouper and blueline tilefish in Florida’s Atlantic state waters to be consistent with current and pending regulations in adjacent Atlantic federal waters. The recreational management changes for Atlantic state waters include:
- Reducing the red porgy bag limit from three to one fish per person/day and establishing an open season of May-June.
- Reducing the snowy grouper bag limit from one fish per person/day to one fish per vessel/day and establishing an open season of May-June.
- Reducing the blueline tilefish bag limit from three to two fish per person/day and prohibiting for-hire captain and crew from retaining a bag limit.
Last year, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved management changes to help rebuild the red porgy and snowy grouper stocks, which are overfished and undergoing overfishing, and to reduce the risk of overfishing for blueline tilefish. Consistent regulations between state and federal waters can help improve the stock status of these fisheries, prevent federal closures while allowing harvest opportunities coast-wide and aid in enforcement.
The red porgy recreational limits will be effective April 1, 2023 in Atlantic state waters, and the snowy grouper and blueline tilefish regulations will go into effect at a later date once pending federal regulations have been implemented.
For more information about Commission Meetings, including the February 2023 Commission Meeting presentation, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”