Hogfish Recreational Season Closes Nov. 1 in Keys/East Florida State Waters
By Space Coast Daily // October 31, 2018
commonly targeted species for many spear and reef fisherman
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hogfish recreational harvest will close in state and federal waters off Florida’s Atlantic and southern Gulf coasts Nov. 1.
This closure includes all state waters south of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast. The Keys/east Florida hogfish season runs from May 1 through Oct. 31.
Recreational harvest remains open in state and federal waters north of Cape Sable in the Gulf.
Hogfish, is a commonly targeted species for many spear and reef fisherman and is regarded highly by many for its taste and food value. In 2007, the Florida landings of hogfish totaled 306,953 pounds.
The fish stocks are regulated by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Bag, size, and gear limits all have been placed on this species to ensure a healthy stock and to protect it from overfishing.
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