Seatrout season reopens in South Zone, shallow water grouper closes Jan. 1

Spotted seatrout season reopens in the South Zone of Florida waters on January 1, 2011. The South Zone is described as all waters south of Volusia-Flagler County line on the east coast, and south of Fred Howard Park on the west coast. All areas north of this zone will be closed to seatrout harvest during the month of February.

Seatrout season is closed during these periods to help assure enough of the fish population survives to keep the seatrout stocks stable. November, December and February were selected as the closure months because seatrout have a higher release survival rate during periods of cooler weather.  

In the South Zone, seatrout anglers must follow a 15-inch minimum size limit, four fish daily bag limit with only one fish over 20 inches. For more information on Florida?s seatrout harvest, visit www.MyFWC.com.

Also starting January 1, 2011, shallow water grouper season closes in South Atlantic waters and Florida waters. Harvest and possession is prohibited for gag grouper, red grouper and black grouper among other species. The season closure takes place when the grouper population is spawning off Florida waters and are in large aggregations that are susceptible to harvest by anglers and spearfishermen.

Shallow water grouper season reopens in the South Atlantic and Florida waters on May 1, 2011. For complete list of prohibited species and more information, visit www.SAFMC.net.
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