Why The Red Grouper Closure Is Happening:

During The Closure:

The prohibition on possession of Gulf red grouper also applies in Gulf state waters for a vessel issued a valid federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How was the date for this closure chosen?


Why is NOAA Fisheries closing recreational red grouper when the ACT is projected to be met?

In 2022, recreational red grouper landings exceeded the ACL.  Because the recreational ACL was exceeded last year, regulations require NOAA Fisheries to close the recreational sector in 2022 if the ACT is met or projected to be met.  NOAA Fisheries has projected that the ACT of 1.84 million pounds gutted weight will be met as of July 20, 2023, and is closing harvest for the remainder of the year.