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April 28, 2011

Shallow-Water Grouper, Red Porgy, Greater Amberjack fisheries to reopen

The four-month spawning season closure for shallow-water grouper in the South Atlantic will end at 12:01 a.m. on May 1. The prohibition on recreational and commercial harvest of gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, and tiger grouper is effective Jan. 1 through April 30 each year.

The seasonal closure for the commercial fisheries for red porgy and greater amberjack will also end May 1.

Resident and non-resident saltwater fishing license purchases may be accessed by visiting the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) website. You may also call toll-free 1-866-714-3611 to purchase a license via telephone seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Licenses are effective July 1 through June 30 of the following year unless otherwise specified. You must have a printer available in order to print any licenses purchased from the DNR website. Proof of identity is required with online purchasing, and you must have a valid driver's license, state-issued identification card, military identification or passport to proceed. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit or debit cards will be accepted for payment of license fees.

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