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08.02.05.29

.29 Snapper Grouper Complex.

A. Snapper Grouper Management Groups.

(1) Tilefish. The following species of the snapper grouper complex are defined as tilefish:

(a) Blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps);

(b) Golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps); and

(c) Sand tilefish (Malacanthus plumieri).

(2) Grouper. The following species of the snapper grouper complex are defined as grouper:

(a) Black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci);

(b) Coney (Cephalopholis fulva);

(c) Gag grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis);

(d) Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara);

(e) Graysby (Cephalopholis cruentata);

(f) Misty grouper (Epinephelus mystacinus);

(g) Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus);

(h) Red grouper (Epinephelus morio);

(i) Red hind (Epinephelus guttatus);

(j) Rock hind (Epinephelus adscensionis);

(k) Scamp (Mycteroperca phenax);

(l) Snowy grouper (Epinephelus niveatus);

(m) Speckled hind (Epinephelus drummondhayi);

(n) Tiger grouper (Mycteroperca tigris);

(o) Warsaw grouper (Epinephelus nigritus);

(p) Wreckfish (Polyprion americanus);

(q) Yellowedge grouper (Epinephelus flavolimbatus);

(r) Yellowfin grouper (Mycteroperca venenosa); and

(s) Yellowmouth grouper (Mycteroperca interstitialis).

(3) Other. The remaining species of the snapper grouper complex are:

(a) Queen snapper (Etelis oculatus);

(b) Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus);

(c) Gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus);

(d) Mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis);

(e) Lane snapper (Lutjanus synagris);

(f) Cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus);

(g) Dog snapper (Lutjanus jocu);

(h) Schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus);

(i) Mahogany snapper (Lutjanus mahogoni);

(j) Vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens);

(k) Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus);

(l) Silk snapper (Lutjanus vivanus);

(m) Blackfin snapper (Lutjanus buccanella);

(n) Black snapper (Apsilus dentatus);

(o) Red porgy (Pagrus pagrus);

(p) Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus);

(q) Knobbed porgy (Calamus nodosus);

(r) Jolthead porgy (Calamus bajonado);

(s) Whitebone porgy (Calamus leucosteus);

(t) Saucereye porgy (Calamus calamus);

(u) Grass porgy (Calamus arctifrons);

(v) Longspine porgy (Stenotomus caprinus);

(w) White grunt (Haemulon plumieri);

(x) Black margate (Anistotremus surinamensis);

(y) Margate (Haemulon album);

(z) Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum);

(aa) Sailor's choice (Haemulon parra);

(bb) Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus);

(cc) Bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus);

(dd) French grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum);

(ee) Cottonwick (Haemulon melanurum);

(ff) Spanish grunt (Haemulon macrostomum);

(gg) Smallmouth grunt (Haemulon chrysargeryum);

(hh) Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili);

(ii) Crevalle jack (Caranx hippos);

(jj) Blue runner (Caranx crysos);

(kk) Almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana);

(ll) Banded rudderfish (Seriola zonanta);

(mm) Bar jack (Caranx ruber);

(nn) Lesser amberjack (Seriola fasciata);

(oo) Yellow jack (Caranx bartholomaei);

(pp) Gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus);

(qq) Ocean triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen);

(rr) Queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula);

(ss) Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus);

(tt) Puddingwife (Halichoeres radiates); and

(uu) Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber).

B. Season. The season for taking species listed in §A of this regulation is January 1 through December 31.

C. Size Limit. There is no minimum or maximum size limit for the species listed in §A of this regulation.

D. Recreational. An individual may not catch or possess more than:

(1) Seven of any species or any combination of the species listed in §A(1) of this regulation.

(2) One of any species or any combination of the species listed in §A(2) of this regulation; and

(3) 20 of any species or any combination of the species listed in §A(3) of this regulation.

E. Commercial.

(1) Except as provided in §E(2) of this regulation, a commercial licensee may not harvest, possess, or land more than:

(a) 300 pounds, regardless of the species, of tilefish listed in §A(1) of this regulation; and

(b) 175 pounds, regardless of the species, of grouper listed in §A(2) of this regulation.

(2) A commercial licensee in possession of a valid Golden Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service may possess and land golden tilefish in accordance with the individual fishing quota.

F. Public Notice.

(1) The Secretary may open, close, or modify a season in order to comply with species management through the National Marine Fisheries Service, by publishing notice on the Fisheries Service website at least 48 hours in advance, stating the effective hour and date.

(2) The Secretary shall make a reasonable effort to disseminate public notice through various other media so that an affected person has reasonable opportunity to be informed.

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