2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 27



REEF FISH (cont.)
Species
Size Limit
Lesser
Amberjack
14 in. min. fork length and 22
in. max. fork length
Harvest Limit
Season
Other
None
Year-round
Black: 24 in. min. total length
Gag: 24 in. min. total length
Red: 18 in. min. total length
Scamp: 16 in. min. total
length
• Yellowfin: 20 in. min. total
length
• None for misty, snowy,
yellowedge and warsaw
groupers and speckled hind
You must have an IFQ
allocation to harvest
groupers. Annual
quotas may fluctuate;
go to go.usa.gov/
xKJHq for the most
recent quota.
You must call NOAA Fisheries Office of Law
Enforcement at least 3 hours, but no more than 24
hours, before landing groupers. You must report the
location of landing, name of the IFQ dealer receiving
Year-round
your catch and estimated gutted weight of your catch
per IFQ category. You may not transfer any of these
species between vessels at sea or dockside. Call
877.376.4877 or go to sero.nmfs.noaa.gov for details.
Hogfish
14 in. min. total length
None
Year-round
Banded
Rudderfish
14 in. min. fork length; 22 in.
max. fork length
None
Year-round
Black
Seabass
None
None
Year-round
Snapper
• Lane: 8 in. min. total length
• Mutton: 18 in. min. total
length
• Vermilion (beeliner): 10 in.
min. total length
• Yellowtail, cubera and gray
(mangrove): 12 in. min. total
length
• Red: 13 in. min. total length
• Mahogany, dog,
schoolmaster, queen, blackfin
and silk: none
You must have an IFQ
allocation to harvest
red snapper. Annual
quotas may fluctuate;
go to go.usa.gov/
xKJHq for the most
recent quotas.
You must call NOAA Fisheries Office of Law
Enforcement at least 3 hours, but no more than 24
hours, before landing red snapper. You must report
the location of landing, name of the IFQ dealer
Year-round
receiving your catch and estimated gutted weight
of your catch per IFQ category. You may not transfer
red snapper between vessels at sea or dockside. Call
877.376.4877 or go to sero.nmfs.noaa.gov for details.
None
You must call NOAA Fisheries Office of Law
You must have an IFQ
Enforcement at least 3 hours, but no more than 24
allocation to harvest
hours, before landing tilefish. You must report the
tilefish. Annual quotas
location of landing, name of the IFQ dealer receiving
Year-round
may fluctuate; go to
your catch and estimated gutted weight of your
go.usa.gov/xKJHq
catch per IFQ category. You may not transfer tilefish
for the most recent
between vessels at sea or dockside. Call 877.376.4877
quota.
or go to sero.nmfs.noaa.gov for details.
15 in. min. fork length
16 fish per trip.
Annual quotas may
Closed
fluctuate from year
June 1 to year; see the most
July 31
recent quota online at
gulfcouncil.org.




Grouper
Tilefish
(blueline,
golden and
goldface)
Gray
Triggerfish
HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES
Species
Shark
Size Limit
None
Harvest Limit
Under the LDWF-issued shark
permit, 45 large coastal sharks
per trip per day per permitted
angler on the vessel; large coastal
sharks include: blacktip, bull,
great hammerhead, lemon, nurse,
sandbar, scalloped hammerhead,
silky, smooth hammerhead,
spinner and tiger sharks. Harvest
limits and sizes may vary in federal
waters; check federal regulations
at www.gulfcouncil.org.
Season
State waters:
closed April
1 - June 30
Other
• You must have an LDWF-issued Shark Permit (no fee) to
harvest shark. If you’re fishing in federal waters, you must
also have a Federal Shark Permit. Go to fisheries.noaa.gov for
federal information.
• You may not possess sandbar sharks unless you have a valid
Federal Shark Research Permit.
• Shark finning is illegal. All sharks aboard your vessel must
have their fins naturally attached by at least some portion of
uncut skin.
• You may not transfer sharks between vessels.
• You may only skin or scale sharks after you have put them on
shore or when you sell them.
• Visit go.usa.gov/xPm3x for information on identifying sharks
and best practices for handling sharks.
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