Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

New rules would limit grouper catch

Recreational anglers may be limited to landing two red grouper, right, and two gag grouper.

MARTHA RIAL | Times (2006)

Recreational anglers may be limited to landing two red grouper, right, and two gag grouper.

It's not etched in stone yet, but federal regulators went a long way Thursday toward setting new rules for grouper fishing that would begin in January.

Recreational anglers will be able to land four grouper a day, but no more than two gag and two red, the two most common species. All recreational grouper fishing would shut down between Feb. 1 and March 31.

Those are the "preferred alternatives" voted Thursday by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. For bureaucratic reasons, the National Marine Fisheries Commission could still tweak the rules, but major changes are unlikely.

The council also set a commercial gag quota for the first time. The fleet could land 1.32-million pounds in 2009, rising slightly in later years. That is a bit more gag than were landed in 2007, but well below the average catch for the last five years. If the fleet exceeds the quota, regulators will shut down all commercial grouper fishing for the rest of the year.

New rules would limit grouper catch 06/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2008 1:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Black entrepreneur says city stiffing him on project after he endorsed Rick Baker


    ST. PETERSBURG — A prominent African-American resident says his endorsement of mayoral candidate Rick Baker has led city officials to freeze him out of a major construction project along the historic "Deuces" stretch of 22nd Street S.

  2. Roosevelt Blvd closed at I-275 after truck hauling crane hits overpass


    ST. PETERSBURG — A truck transporting a construction crane hit the Interstate 275 overpass at Roosevelt Boulevard Tuesday.

  3. Pasco students, 12 and 15, faces weapons, threat charges


    Two Pasco County students from different schools were arrested Tuesday after one brought weapons onto campus and the other threatened a shooting, according to sheriff's deputies.

  4. It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County high schools will start an hour later next year, beginning the day at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:25 p.m., the School Board decided Tuesday in a 6-0 vote.

    The Hillsborough County School Board has decided to end a compressed bus schedule that caused an estimated 12,000 children to get to school late every day. Under the new schedule, high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. Elementary schools will start at 7:40 a.m. and middle schools at 9:25 a.m. [Times files]