Reef Fish Overview

    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.

    In federal waters of the Gulf (beyond 9 miles), reef fish species are managed by the Gulf of
    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.

    Black Sea Bass

    Black Sea Bass Information

    Miscellaneous Reef Fish

    Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish


    Gulf Grouper Information
    Atlantic Grouper Information
    Goliath Grouper Information


    Gulf Red Snapper
    Atlantic 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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