68B-14.001. Purpose and Intent, Designation as Restricted Species  


Effective on Monday, July 1, 2019
  • 1(1) Purpose and intent.

    5(a) The purpose of this chapter is to protect and replenish Florida’s reef fish resources by imposing minimum size limits, recreational bag limits, and restrictions on gear used to harvest the families, genera and species listed herein.

    42(b) The prohibitions contained in this chapter are not intended to supersede or conflict with provisions of any federal management plan or regulations operative in Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters adjacent to Florida waters.

    76(c) The regulations in this chapter apply in all state waters and, in the absence of any regulations for the following species in federal waters, apply in adjacent federal EEZ waters.

    1071. Grouper.

    109a. Coney.

    111b. Graysby.

    113c. Misty grouper.

    116d. Red hind.

    119e. Rock hind.

    1222. Snapper.

    124a. Black snapper.

    127b. Dog snapper.

    130c. Mahogany snapper.

    133d. Schoolmaster.

    135e. Wenchman.

    137(2) Designation as restricted species. The following species are hereby designated as restricted species pursuant to section 154379.101(32), F.S.156:

    157(a) Amberjacks – Genus 161Seriola162:

    1631. Almaco jack – 167Seriola rivoliana169.

    1702. Banded rudderfish – 174Seriola zonata176.

    1773. Greater amberjack – 181Seriola dumerili183.

    1844. Lesser amberjack – 188Seriola fasciata190.

    191(b) Groupers and Sea Basses – Family Serranidae:

    1991. Bank sea bass – 204Centropristis ocyurus206.

    2072. Black grouper – 211Mycteroperca bonaci.

    2133. Black sea bass – 218Centropristis striata220.

    2214. Coney – 224Epinephelus fulvus226.

    2275. Gag – 230Mycteroperca microlepis232.

    2336. Graysby – 236Epinephelus cruentatus238.

    2397. Misty grouper – 243Epinephelus mystacinus245.

    2468. Red grouper – 250Epinephelus morio252.

    2539. Red hind – 257Epinephelus guttatus259.

    26010. Rock hind – 264Epinephelus adscensionis266.

    26711. Rock sea bass – 272Centropristis philadelphica274.

    27512. Scamp – 278Mycteroperca phenax280.

    28113. Snowy grouper – 285Epinephelus niveatus287.

    28814. Speckled hind – 292Epinephelus drummondhayi294.

    29515. Warsaw grouper – 299Epinephelus nigritus301.

    30216. Yellowedge grouper – 306Epinephelus flavolimbatus308.

    30917. Yellowfin grouper – 313Mycteroperca venenosa315.

    31618. Yellowmouth grouper – 320Mycteroperca interstitialis322.

    323(c) Snappers – Family Lutjanidae:

    3281. Black snapper – 332Apsilus dentatus334.

    3352. Blackfin snapper – 339Lutjanus buccanella341.

    3423. Cubera snapper – 346Lutjanus cyanopterus348.

    3494. Dog snapper – 353Lutjanus jocu355.

    3565. Gray (mangrove) snapper – 361Lutjanus griseus363.

    3646. Lane snapper – 368Lutjanus synagris370.

    3717. Mahogany snapper – 375Lutjanus mahogoni377.

    3788. Mutton snapper – 382Lutjanus analis.

    3849. Queen snapper – 388Etelis oculatus390.

    39110. Red snapper – 395Lutjanus campechanus397.

    39811. Schoolmaster – 401Lutjanus apodus403.

    40412. Silk snapper – 408Lutjanus vivanus410.

    41113. Vermilion snapper – 415Rhomboplites aurorubens417.

    41814. Wenchman – 421Pristipomoides aquilonaris423.

    42415. Yellowtail snapper – 428Ocyrus chrysurus430.

    431(d) Gray triggerfish – 435Balistes capriscus437.

    438(e) Hogfish – 441Lachnolaimus maximus.

    443(f) Red porgy – 447Pagrus pagrus.

    449(g) Golden tilefish – 453Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps455.

    456(h) Blueline tilefish – 460Caulolatilus microps462.

    463Rulemaking Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., Chapter 83-134, Laws of Fla., as amended by Chapter 84-121, Laws of Fla. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., Chapter 83-134, Laws of Fla., as amended by Chapter 84-121, Laws of Fla. History–New 7-29-85, Amended 12-11-86, 2-1-90, 12-31-92, 3-31-94, 12-31-98, Formerly 46-14.001, Amended 1-1-00, 1-1-03, 7-1-07, 7-1-16, 7-1-19.