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 Update on recreational red grouper closure and bag limits

 Tampa, Florida – November 2, 2005

In a ruling by Judge John E. Steele, the November 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005 recreational grouper closure remains in effect, but for red grouper only.  The recreational fishery for red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters closed at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 1, 2005.  The fishery will remain closed until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2006, at which time the aggregate bag limit will remain at five grouper, combined, per person, per day, but not to exceed one speckled hind or one Warsaw grouper per vessel per day or one red grouper per person, per day.

During the closure, possession of red grouper taken from federal waters is prohibited; however, the recreational fishery for other shallow-water grouper (black, gag, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind, and red hind) and deep-water grouper (misty, snowy, yellowedge, Warsaw, and speckled hind) remains open with an aggregate bag limit of five grouper, combined, per person, per day, but not to exceed one speckled hind or one Warsaw grouper per vessel per day. Harvest of goliath and Nassau grouper is prohibited.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 1 of 8 regional fishery management councils that were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976.  The Council prepares fishery management plans that are designed to manage fishery resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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