Recreational fishermen are breathing a sigh of relief as a grouper ban gets the ax.
The two-month ban set to begin would have forced recreational grouper fishermen off federal waters, but U.S. District Judge John E. Steele ruled against the ban Monday.
He says federal officials went too far when they outlawed all grouper fishing to protect one species, red grouper.
While recreational fishermen can reel in grouper on federal waters, the commercial fishermen can't. The commercial ban on grouper remains in place.