The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council reminds anglers that the recreational seasons for gray triggerfish, red grouper, and greater amberjack open in federal waters January 1, 2016. All three recreational seasons closed earlier this year because the annual catch targets/limits were reached sooner than expected.
Additionally, the greater amberjack size limit increases to 34 inches fork length (tip of the lower jaw to the center of the fork in the tail) beginning January 4, 2016. The size limit increase aims to ensure the larger, more reproductive fish remain in the water, giving them a chance to reproduce before being harvested.
Finally, red grouper is included in the annual February 1 through March 31 shallow-water grouper closure when fishing beyond the 20-fathom break.