50 CFR 622.37 - Size limits.

§ 622.37 Size limits.

All size limits in this section are minimum size limits unless specified otherwise. A fish not in compliance with its size limit, as specified in this section, in or from the Gulf EEZ, may not be possessed, sold, or purchased. A fish not in compliance with its size limit must be released immediately with a minimum of harm. The operator of a vessel that fishes in the EEZ is responsible for ensuring that fish on board are in compliance with the size limits specified in this section. See § 622.10 regarding requirements for landing fish intact.

(a)Snapper -

(1)Red snapper - 16 inches (40.6 cm), TL, for a fish taken by a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38 (b)(3) and 13 inches (33.0 cm), TL, for a fish taken by a person not subject to the bag limit.

(2)Lane snapper - 8 inches (20.3 cm), TL.

(3)Vermilion snapper - 10 inches (25.4 cm), TL.

(4)Cubera, gray, and yellowtail snappers - 12 inches (30.5 cm), TL.

(5)Mutton snapper - 16 inches (40.6 cm), TL.

(b)Grouper -

(1)Gag.

(i) For a person not subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2) - 22 inches (55.9 cm), TL.

(ii) For a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2) - 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL.

(2)Red grouper - (i) For a person not subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38 (b)(2) - 18 inches (45.7 cm), TL.

(ii) For a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2) - 20 inches (50.8 cm), TL.

(3)Scamp - 16 inches (40.6 cm), TL.

(4)Yellowfin grouper - 20 inches (50.8 cm), TL.

(5)Black grouper - (i) For a person not subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2) - 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL.

(ii) For a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2) - 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL.

(c)Other Gulf reef fish species -

(1)Gray triggerfish - 14 inches (35.6 cm), fork length.

(2)Hogfish - 12 inches (30.5 cm), fork length.

(3)Banded rudderfish and lesser amberjack - 14 inches (35.6 cm), fork length (minimum size); 22 inches (55.9 cm), fork length (maximum size).

(4)Greater amberjack - 34 inches (86.4 cm), fork length, for a fish taken by a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(1) and 36 inches (91.4 cm), fork length, for a fish taken by a person not subject to the bag limit.

(d) A person aboard a vessel that has a Federal commercial vessel permit for Gulf reef fish and commercial quantities of Gulf reef fish, i.e., Gulf reef fish in excess of applicable bag/possession limits, may not possess any Gulf reef fish that do not comply with the applicable commercial minimum size limit.

[ 78 FR 22952, Apr. 17, 2013, as amended at 80 FR 75436, Dec. 2, 2015; 81 FR 24040, Apr. 25, 2016]

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Title 50 published on 10-May-2017 04:10

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 50 CFR Part 622 after this date.

  • 2017-05-22; vol. 82 # 97 - Monday, May 22, 2017
    1. 82 FR 23151 - Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; 2016-2017 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for King Mackerel in Western Zone of the Gulf of Mexico
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      DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
      Temporary rule; closure.
      The closure is effective at 12:01 p.m., local time, May 21, 2017, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 1, 2017.
      50 CFR Part 622

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