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Florida Regulations 68B-14.0035 - Size Limits: Amberjacks, Black Sea Bass, Gray Triggerfish, Grouper, Hogfish, Red Porgy, Snapper

Florida Regulations > Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission > Division 68B > Chapter 68B-14 > § 68B-14.0035. Size Limits: Amberjacks, Black Sea Bass, Gray Triggerfish, Grouper, Hogfish, Red Porgy, Snapper


Current as of: Dec. 2011

No person shall land, possess, unnecessarily destroy, purchase, exchange, sell or offer for sale any of the following species harvested in or from state waters, of a length less than set forth as follows:

    (1) Amberjacks (measured in terms of fork length).

    (a) Banded rudderfish no less than 14 inches, no greater than 22 inches.

    (b)1. Greater amberjack harvested recreationally from the Atlantic Ocean 28 inches.

    2. Greater amberjack harvested recreationally from the Gulf of Mexico 30 inches.

    3. Greater amberjack harvested commercially 36 inches.

    (c) Lesser amberjack no less than 14 inches, no greater than 22 inches.

    (2)(a) Black sea bass harvested in the Gulf of Mexico or commercially harvested in the Atlantic Ocean 10 inches total length.

    (b) Black sea bass harvested recreationally in the Atlantic Ocean, 11 inches total length in 2007, and 12 inches total length beginning January 1, 2008.

    (3) Gray triggerfish (measured in terms of fork length).

    (a) Gray triggerfish harvested in the Atlantic Ocean 12 inches.

    (b) Gray triggerfish harvested in the Gulf of Mexico 14 inches.

    (4) Grouper (measured in terms of total length).

    (a)1. Black grouper harvested recreationally from the Atlantic Ocean and all waters of Monroe County 24 inches.

    2. Black grouper harvested recreationally from the Gulf of Mexico except from all waters of Monroe County 22 inches.

    (b) Black grouper harvested commercially 24 inches.

    (c)1. Gag harvested recreationally from the Atlantic Ocean and all waters of Monroe County 24 inches.

    2. Gag harvested recreationally from the Gulf of Mexico except from all waters of Monroe County 22 inches.

    (d) Gag harvested commercially 24 inches.

    (e)1. Red grouper harvested recreationally statewide and commercially from the Atlantic Ocean 20 inches.

    2. Red grouper harvested commercially from the Gulf of Mexico 18 inches.

    (f)1. Scamp harvested from the Atlantic Ocean and all waters of Monroe County 20 inches.

    2. Scamp harvested from the Gulf of Mexico except from all waters of Monroe County 16 inches.

    (g) Yellowfin grouper 20 inches.

    (h) Yellowmouth grouper 20 inches.

    (5) Hogfish 12 inches fork length.

    (6) Red porgy harvested in waters of the Atlantic Ocean 14 inches total length.

    (7) Snapper (measured in terms of total length).

    (a) Blackfin snapper 12 inches.

    (b) Cubera snapper 12 inches.

    (c) Dog snapper 12 inches.

    (d)1. Gray (mangrove) snapper harvested recreationally 10 inches.

    2. Gray (mangrove) snapper harvested commercially 12 inches.

    (e) Lane snapper 8 inches.

    (f) Mahogany snapper 12 inches.

    (g) Mutton snapper 16 inches.

    (h) Queen snapper 12 inches.

    (i) Red snapper harvested from the Atlantic Ocean 20 inches.

    (j)1. Red snapper harvested recreationally from the Gulf of Mexico 16 inches.

    2. Red snapper harvested commercially from the Gulf of Mexico 13 inches.

    (k) Silk snapper 12 inches.

    (l) Schoolmaster snapper 10 inches.

    (m) Vermilion snapper harvested in the Gulf of Mexico 10 inches.

    (n) Vermilion snapper harvested from the Atlantic Ocean 12 inches.

    (o) Yellowtail snapper 12 inches.

Rulemaking Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 12-31-98, Amended 3-1-99, Formerly 46-14.0035, Amended 1-1-00, 1-1-01, 1-1-01, 1-1-03, 9-16-05, 7-1-06, 7-1-07, 4-1-08, 1-6-09, 8-27-09.

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U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10B - Fish Restoration And Management Projects
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10C - Fish Research And Experimentation Program
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 11 - Regulation Of Landing, Curing, And Sale Of Sponges Taken From Gulf Of Mexico And Straits Of Florida
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15A - Great Lakes Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15B - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Restoration
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15C - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Tissue Bank
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16 - Tuna Conventions
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16A - Atlantic Tunas Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16B - Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16C - South Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 20 - National Fisheries Center And Aquarium
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 38 - Fishery Conservation And Management
U.S. Code Title 16 > Chapter 52 > Subchapter IV - Commercial Fishing Fleet Adjustment
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56 - North Atlantic Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56A - Pacific Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 60 - Fish And Seafood Promotion
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 61 - Interjurisdictional Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71 - Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71A - Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 75 - High Seas Fishing Compliance
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 76 - Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 77 - Yukon River Salmon
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 88 - Western And Central Pacific Fisheries Convention

Federal Regulations: Fishing (Commercial)

U.S. Code > Title 15 > Chapter 13A - Fishing Industry
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 9A - Preservation Of Fishery Resources
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10 - Northern Pacific Halibut Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10B - Fish Restoration And Management Projects
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10C - Fish Research And Experimentation Program
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 11 - Regulation Of Landing, Curing, And Sale Of Sponges Taken From Gulf Of Mexico And Straits Of Florida
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15A - Great Lakes Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15B - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Restoration
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15C - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Tissue Bank
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16 - Tuna Conventions
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16A - Atlantic Tunas Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16B - Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16C - South Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 20 - National Fisheries Center And Aquarium
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 38 - Fishery Conservation And Management
U.S. Code Title 16 > Chapter 52 > Subchapter IV - Commercial Fishing Fleet Adjustment
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56 - North Atlantic Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56A - Pacific Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 60 - Fish And Seafood Promotion
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 61 - Interjurisdictional Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71 - Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71A - Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 75 - High Seas Fishing Compliance
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 76 - Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 77 - Yukon River Salmon
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 88 - Western And Central Pacific Fisheries Convention
Comments (2)add comment
Kenny: ...
It doesn't state anywhere if a person for instance brings grouper in, filets them out, runs the carcasses through a chummer, and then uses the pieces of grouper(chum) for bait on the next trip offshore. Can someone clear this up for me? I was given a ticket for not keeping the grouper in whole condition. I had a piece of the backbone laying on the cutting board along with some other small pieces on our hooks. By the way my chum making device is a small wood chipper.
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June 25, 2012
Steven Daily: ...
Kenny,
The Florida statute you were ticketed for is located here, in subsection (4):
http://www.lawserver.com/law/state/florida/regulations/florida_regulations_68b-14-006

Not only must harvested fish be landed in whole condition, but mere possession of a cut-up fish while in or on state waters is a violation. I think the rationale for this is that anyone could claim that a chopped-up fish is one that they previously landed, so the law does not allow that as a defense.

There are only a few exceptions, such as eating fish immediately on board, or simply gutting a fish. Using the fish as chum is not one of the listed exceptions.
2

June 26, 2012

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