2015 regulations for all Florida saltwater coastal fish species.
Recreational Bag Limit
Daily Recreational Bag
Minimum Size Limit
T Minimum Size
î³ Must remain in whole condition (removal of gills and guts allowed). î‚© Measured as total length. Total length is the straight line distance from the most forward part of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed together while the fish is lying on its side. â– State regulations apply in federal waters. â— Additional gear rules apply, please see: MyFWC.com T Harvest prohibited by or with the use of any multiple hook (any hook with two or more points and a common shaft) in conjunction with live or dead natural bait. Coastal Species Black Drum î³ î‚© T â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ Not less than 14" or more than 24" Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 5 per harvester per day Remarks â€¢ May possess one over 24". Snatching prohibited. Red Drum (Redfish) î³ î‚© T Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ Not less than 18" or more than 27" Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 2 per harvester per day in NE and NW zones, 1 per harvester per day in S zone. See map at MyFWC.com. â€¢ Vessel limit of 8 fish, on-shore posses- sion limit during transport 6 fish Remarks â€¢ Gigging, spearing, snatching prohibited. Harvest in Federal waters prohibited. Snook (All species) î³ î‚© T â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ Not less than 28" or more than 32" Atlantic excluding Monroe â€¢ Not less than 28" or more than 33" Gulf and Monroe County Closed Season: â€¢ Atlantic (excluding Monroe) closed Dec. 15â€“Jan. 31 and June 1â€“Aug. 31. â€¢ Gulf including Monroe County, Dec. 1â€“ end of February, and May 1â€“Aug. 31. Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 1 per harvester per day Remarks â€¢ Snook permit required for harvest when saltwater license required. See MyFWC.com for snook permit details. Snatch hooks and spearing prohibited. Spotted Seatrout â— î³ î‚© T â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ Not less than 15" or more than 20" (See remarks) Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 5 per harvester per day N.W. Zone â€¢ 4 per harvester per day S.W. Zone â€¢ 4 per harvester per day S.E. Zone â€¢ 6 per harvester per day N.E. Zone Remarks â€¢ May possess no more than 1 over 20"; included in the regional bag limit. See management zone map at MyFWC.com. Tarpon â— T â– Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 1 per harvester per year. $50 harvest tag required. Vessel limit of one fish. Harvest tag can only be used when fish is retained for potential IGFA record. Remarks â€¢ Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water during release. Spearing and snatch hooking prohibited. Bottom weighted jigs prohibited in Boca Grande Pass. See: MyFWC.com/Fishing/ Saltwater/Recreational/Tarpon for additional information. Weakfish î³ î‚© Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ Weakfish Management Area (WMA) in Nassau County - 12" â€¢ All other areas - no minimum Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ WMA - 1 per harvester â€¢ All other areas - 100 pounds per day Remarks â€¢ Regulations apply in parts of Nassau County only. â€¢ See map at: MyFWC.com/Fishing/ Saltwater/Recreational/Weakfish Bluefish î³ â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 12" fork Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 10 per harvester per day Blue Runner â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ No minimum Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 100 fish per harvester per day Bonefish â– Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 0 per harvester per day Remarks â€¢ Catch and release only â€¢ Hook and line only Flounder î³ î‚© T Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 12" Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 10 per harvester per day Remarks â€¢ May be harvested by spearing. Snatching prohibited. Pompano, African â— î³ T â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 24" fork Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 2 per harvester per day, not to exceed 2 per vessel per day Permit â— î³ T â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 22" fork Special Permit Zone (SPZ); Not less than 11" or more than 22" fork all other areas Closed Season: â€¢ May 1â€“July 31 SPZ Only Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 1 per harvester per day, not to exceed 2 per vessel per day SPZ; â€¢ 2 per harvester per day all other state waters Remarks â€¢ May possess 1 over 22" fork length outside the SPZ, not to exceed 2 over 22" fork per vessel per day. For map of SPZ, please see: MyFWC.com. Sheepshead â— î³ î‚© T Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 12" Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 15 per harvester per day Remarks â€¢ Snatching prohibited Pompano, Florida î³ T â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 11" fork Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 6 per harvester per day Remarks â€¢ Hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine ONLY. Mullet, Striped (Black) & Silver Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ No minimum size Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 50 aggregate per harvester per day; â€¢ Aggregate vessel limits Feb. 1â€“Aug. 31: 100 per vessel; Sept. 1â€“Jan. 31: 50 per vessel Floridaâ€™s coastal waters are home to thousands of marine species, and the majority of these species have no specific regulations with regard to bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions or closed seasons. These species are often referred to as â€œunregulated species,â€ although the name can be a bit misleading. State law provides that for any marine species that does not have specific regulations, harvesting more than 100 pounds or two fish (whichever is the greater amount) constitutes a commercial quantity and requires a commercial license. This means the recreational harvest limit for any unregulated species is 100 pounds or two organisms if the combined weight of the two organisms exceeds 100 pounds. Can't find your fish in the regulations? Examples of "unregulated species" include: Ladyfish, bonito, great barracuda, white grunt, southern stingray, gulf king- fish (whiting), pinfish, Atlantic croaker, jack crevalle, cero mackerel, hardhead catfish, gafftopsail catfish and blackfin tuna. Jack Crevalle Hardhead Catfish Blackfin Tuna Gulf Kingfish White Grunt Prohibited Species It is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell or exchange the following species: Goliath Grouper (Jewfish), Nassau Grouper, Sawfish, Atlantic Angel Shark, Basking Shark, Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark, Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Bigeye Thresher Shark, Bignose Shark, Caribbean Reef Shark, Caribbean Sharpnose Shark, Dusky Shark, Galapagos Shark, Lemon Shark, Longfin Mako Shark, Narrowtooth Shark, Night Shark, Silky Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Sandbar Shark, Sevengill Shark, Sixgill Shark, Smalltail Shark, Spiny Dogfish, Whale Shark, White Shark, Tiger Shark, Great Hammerhead Shark, Scalloped and Smooth Hammerhead Shark, Manta Ray, Devil Ray, Spotted Eagle Ray, Longbill Spearfish, Mediterranean Spearfish, Sturgeon, Queen Conch, Stony, Hard and Fire Corals, Sea Fans, Bahama Starfish, and Longspine Urchin. Harvest of live rock in state waters is prohibited. Puffer fish harvest is prohibited in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. Crustaceans and Mollusks Crab, Blue Closed Season: â€¢ Regional trap closures apply. See MyFWC.com for 2015 trap closure dates and locations. Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 10 gallons whole per harvester per day Remarks â€¢ 5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited. Crab, Stone â– Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 2 Â¾" claw Closed Season: â€¢ May 16â€“Oct. 14 Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 1 gal. claws per harvester or 2 gal. per vessel, whichever is less Remarks â€¢ 5 traps maximum. Trap requirements apply. Illegal to possess whole crab. Harvest of egg-bearing crabs prohibited. Bay Scallops â— Season: â€¢ Open June 27â€“Sept. 24, 2015 Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 2 gallons whole or 1 pint meat per harvester per day; no more than 10 gallons whole, or Â½ gallon meat per vessel anytime Remarks â€¢ Harvest allowed only in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the Pasco-Hernando county line, to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. It is illegal to harvest, possess and land bay scallops on waters outside open harvest area. Sharks Complete List of Retainable Sharks (With no minimum size limit) î³ T Examples of Retainable Sharks (With a 54" fork length minimum) î³ T Bull Nurse Spinner Common Thresher Atlantic Sharpnose Finetooth Blacknose Bonnethead Smooth Dogfish Blacktip Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 1 per harvester or 2 per vessel per day, whichever is less. Remarks â€¢ The retainable sharks are managed as a group for bag limit purposes. In other words, you can only harvest one shark per day and the shark that you harvest must be one of the retainable species. â€¢ Hook-and-line gear only. â€¢ See list of prohibited species below. Oysters Minimum Size Limit: â€¢ 3" Closed Season: â€¢ June, July, Aug. in Dixie, Wakulla, Levy counties. â€¢ July, Aug., Sept. in all other areas except Apala- chicola Bay which has open areas year-round. Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 2 bags per harvester or vessel except Apala- chicola Bay Remarks â€¢ Apalachicola Bay: Effective until May 31, 2015: East Hole (area 1671) closed to harvest; bag limit of 5 gallons per person or vessel in all other areas; harvest prohibited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. â€¢ Apalachicola Bay has summer & winter seasons/ areas. â€¢ Harvest from approved shellfish areas during daylight hours only. â€¢ Go to FloridaAquaculture.com to determine the Open or Closed status of shellfish harvesting areas. â€¢ May not harvest half hour after official sunset until half hour before official sunrise. â€¢ 1 Bag = 60 lbs. or two 5 gal. buckets (whole in shell) â€¢ Harvest prohibited in any harvest area that is in the Closed status as determined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Clams (Hard) â— Minimum Size Limits: â€¢ 1" thick across hinge Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ One 5 gal. bucket per harvester or 2 per vessel (whole in shell) Remarks â€¢ Illegal to harvest from closed areas. â€¢ Go to www.FloridaAquaculture.com for allowable harvesting areas. â€¢ May not harvest half hour after official sunset until half hour before official sunrise. Shrimp î³ Closed Season: â€¢ April & May closed in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler & Clay counties Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ 5 gallons heads on per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less Remarks â€¢ Visit: MyFWC.com/Fishing and select "Saltwater", "Regulations" and "Shrimp" for additional regula- tions specific to Dade, Nassau and Duval Spiny Lobster î³ Minimum Size Limit: â€¢ Carapace must be greater than 3" measured in the water Seasons: â€¢ Regular Season Opens August 6, 2015 â€¢ Sport Season Open July 29â€“30, 2015 Daily Recreational Bag Limit: â€¢ Sport Season: 6 per harvester per day in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, 12 per day in all other harvest areas. â€¢ Regular Season: 6 per harvester in all areas Remarks â€¢ Recreational trapping prohibited. Spiny lobster permit required when license required. Harvest of egg-bearing females prohibited. FWC â€“ Division of Marine Fisheries Management, 2590 Executive Center Circle East, Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: 850-487-0554 This publication is provided as a guide to Florida fishing laws and regulations. The Florida Administrative Code is the final authority on fishing laws. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) strives to ensure information in this booklet is accurate, but assumes no liability for any errors that occur in this publication.