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April 29, 2010

Atlantic Coast waters reopen for recreational grouper fishing April 30

The four-month closure of fishing for shallow water groupers in federal waters off Atlantic Coast states from North Carolina through Florida ended at midnight on April 30th.Grouper

The closure is one of the methods the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council employs to end overfishing for gag grouper, reduce overfishing for red and black grouper, and improve the status of all shallow water grouper species. Several species, such as gag grouper, are particularly vulnerable during late winter when they form spawning aggregations. Species affected by the closure include: gag grouper, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, yellowmouth grouper, tiger grouper, yellowfin grouper, graysby and coney.

For a complete listing of federal regulatory measures affecting the snapper-grouper fishery contact the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council at (866) SAFMC-10.

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