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How To Measure Fish

Use these guidelines to measure fish correctly:

1. Place fish on its side on a flat board with the jaw closed.
2. Squeeze the tail fin together or turn it in a way to obtain the maximum overall length
3. For species with total length requirements, measure in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail fin.
4. For species with fork length requirements, measure in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.
5. For species with lower jaw fork length requirements, measure in a straight line from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail.

In Federal Waters:

6. For species with curved fork length requirements, measure from the tip of the upper jaw to fork of tail measured along the contour of the middle of the body.
7. For species with carcass length requirements, measure curve from posterior edge of gill opening to anterior portion of caudal keel.

 
 

For complete requirements regarding the taking of fish in Federal waters obtain a Recreational Fishing Regulations for The Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters pamphlet from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, The Commons at Rivergate, 3018 U.S. Hwy 301 N, Suite 1000, Tampa, Florida 33619-2266; (813) 228-2815, toll free 1(888) 833-1844; e-mail: gulf.council@noaa.gov ; web page: www.gulfcouncil.org.

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