Saturday, January 16, 2010

Atlantic Shark, Grouper, Reef Regulations

New fishing regulations take effect January 19, 2010 for the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Starting January 19th this year and January 1st in 2011 and beyond, harvest of Atlantic shallow-water groupers (gag, red, black, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, yellowmouth, and tiger groupers) will be closed through April in Atlantic and Monroe counties.

Two other sets of regulations take effect January 19th, 2010 for Florida's Atlantic waters. New reef fish regulations will require the use of a dehooking device in Atlantic waters. New regulations for the harvest of sharks are as follows:
• Size limit of 54” fork length for all sharks except Atlantic sharpnose, blacknose, blacktip, bonnethead, finetooth, and smooth dogfish
• Harvest of Caribbean sharpnose, silky, and sandbar shark prohibited
• All sharks must be landed in whole condition

See all of the latest fishing regulations at-

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