Reef fish species are jointly managed by state and federal agencies for the Atlantic Ocean
and Gulf of Mexico. In federal waters of the Atlantic (beyond 3 miles), reef fish are managed
by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Mexico Fishery Management Council. NOAA Fisheries Service assists in the management
and is responsible for implementing the federal regulations.
The state waters of both Florida coasts are managed by the FWC.
In most cases, management agencies work together to implement consistent fishing
regulations. Occasionally, state and federal agencies decide to use different approaches
to manage marine species in their jurisdictions.
The FWC coordinates and participates in federal management of reef fish, including data
collection and research, stock assessments, representatives on the Councils, and
enforcement of all regulations.
Miscellaneous Reef Fish
Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish
Gulf Grouper Information
Atlantic Grouper Information
Goliath Grouper Information
Gulf Red Snapper
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676
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