Published: Jan 18, 2011 5:10 PM EST
Updated: Jan 18, 2011 2:11 PM EST

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL- Charter boat captains are in an uproar over a ban on gag grouper that goes into effect on February 1st.

Fish and wildlife officials say studies show the fish populations are low and they need to protect the species until numbers increase.

 Fisherman say they believe the science behind the study is flawed and the fish populations are fine.

Charter captains say the ban hits at the height of tourist season and the ban could put many out of business.

The ban on gag grouper is expected to continue until June.