FLORIDA KEYS – Hogfish Recreation Harvest in Florida Keys end November 1st.
A six-month closure on the popular food fish in the Florida Keys / East Florida zone runs until May 1st.
The zone, which is set up to protect a regional stock of hogfish that is considered to be overfished, includes both state and federal waters. The boundaries of the zone drive from Cape Sable through the keys and up Florida’s east coast to Georgia’s state line.
A member of the wrasse family, hogfish uses his sword-like snout to feed on crustaceans and molluscs. Most fish fish are taken by spearfish along the reef, as the species does not contribute often to fish hooks.
Even during peak season in the Keys / Atlantic area, recreational hunters can only take a hogfish per day, with a size of at least 1
Commercial harvesters in the zone can take 25 pounds of high-fat (whole weight) per day. The commercial season in federal waters is open until the annual catch limit is reached, which is expected to be reached shortly.
Hogfish can be reclaimed throughout the year in Gulf of Mexico north of Cape Sable, with five fish daily limits.
For more information, visit myfwc.com or safmc.net.