According to NOAA Fisheries, the commercial shallow-water grouper fishery in federal waters of the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Key West, Florida, is closed for the remainder of the 2012 fishing year.
Meanwhile, recreational fishing remains open until January 1, 2013. All harvest and possession of shallow-water grouper in or from closed federal waters of the South Atlantic is subject to the applicable bag and possession limits, and the sale or purchase of shallow-water grouper taken from closed federal waters is prohibited.
In addition, the bag and possession limits, and the prohibition on sale or purchase, apply in state and federal waters of the South Atlantic for a vessel for which a valid federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued.
A seasonal closure is in place for shallow-water grouper from January 1 until May 1, therefore both recreational and commercial sectors will be closed from January 1 until May 1, 2013.
source: NOAA Fisheries