New hogfish rules to take effect in 2017 in Florida Keys – The Ledger
The Associated Press
KEY WEST — In the Florida Keys, fishing for hogfish will soon be limited to taking one hogfish per day during a six-month season.
The Keynoter reported the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioners have signed on to pending federal regulations aimed at curtailing harvest of South Florida hogfish, a popular food fish for anglers and spearfishers.
Under the plan, all hogfish in the Florida Keys will be grouped into the Keys-Florida East Coast stock, which now is considered a distinct population that is being overfished.
Several Florida Keys harvesters contend the estimates of the regional hogfish population are inaccurate and should be revised upward.