FLORIDA KEYS – Harvest of Hogfish in the Florida Keys ends on November 1st.
A six-month shutdown of the popular edible fish in the Florida Keys / Zone in East Florida runs until May 1st.
The zone, set up to protect an overfished regional Hogfish population, covers both state and federal waters. The boundaries of the zone extend from Cape Sable through the Keys and the East Coast of Florida to the Georgia State Line.
A member of the wrass family, they feed on swine fish with their pig-like snout of crustaceans and mollusks, which are found on the ground. Most hogfish are caught by spearfishers along the reef, as the species does not often bite on fishhooks.
Even during the open season in the Keys / Atlantic Zone, recreational collectors can only take one 1
Commercial harvesters in the zone can take in 25 pounds of pork (total weight) per day. The trading season in the Federal waters is open until the annual catch limit is reached, which is about to be reached.
Hogfish can be harvested throughout the year in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico north of Cape Sable with five fish daily limit.
For more information, see myfwc.com or safmc.net.