Seasonal grouper closure started Jan. 1 in Atlantic waters
Several species of grouper closed to recreational and commercial harvest Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore out to 3 nautical miles.
The harvest of these species of grouper in Atlantic state waters will remain closed through April 30, reopening May 1. The harvest closure was established to ensure the long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species.
A similar closure will also occur in federal waters of the Atlantic. Tiger grouper is not included in the federal closure.
Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select "Saltwater" then "Recreational Regulations" and "Groupers."
Memberships being accepted in business group
New members are being accepted into the Vero Beach Christian Business Association. Dues investment is $150 for one year, with most of the dollars being donated to local Christian nonprofits. There is also an "Associate" member category for $100, designed for those Christian businesspeople and retirees who don't necessarily have a business affiliation with a Christian-owned business. Those joining by Dec. 20, 2013 will be included in the organization's annual printed membership directory, due to be published in Jan. 2014. Founded as a nonprofit in 2004, the Vero Beach Christian Business Association is an equipping ministry for Christian business leaders. They hold monthly luncheons which are open to members and nonmembers alike.
For more information email the VBCBA board at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vbcba.org.
Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic started Dec. 15
The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2014, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.
Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park closed Dec. 1 and will reopen to harvest March 1, 2014.
This and other regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather.
Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater Fishing" and "Recreational Regulations" for more information on snook.