Red SnapperRed Snapper

Recreational Regulations for state and federal waters of the Atlantic

Atlantic Red SnapperSeasonBag LimitMin. Size limitRemarks
State waters

Open year-round

 

2 fish per person per day

20"

Gear rules apply.

Visit the gear rules page for more.

Federal waters

2014 season: To be determined

Bag limit: 1 fish per person/per day

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Recreational and commercial fishers in Atlantic waters off Florida are required to use dehooking devices when fishing for reef fish, including red snapper. Visit the reef fish gear rules page for more information.

Management

 A limited recreational and commercial harvest of red snapper in Atlantic federal waters will occur in 2013, similar to the limited opening that occurred in 2012. If quota is available, harvest will continue to be allowed under the process established in Amendment 28. (See Amendment 28 icon_external.png).

When closed in federal waters, the closure prohibits anyone on board a vessel for which a federal commercial or charter/headboat permit for the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery has been issued from harvesting or possessing red snapper in state waters.

State waters of the Atlantic remain open for recreational red snapper harvest.

Regulations requiring the use of circle hooks in the snapper-grouper fishery in federal waters north of 28° latitude took effect March 3, 2011. The approved regulations also require a program to monitor red snapper populations.

Links for more information

Vermilion Snappervermillionsnapper.jpg

Update: The four month recreational closed season (November through March) in south Atlantic state and federal waters has been eliminated. FWC also approved the removal of this closure at the Sept. Commission meeting. Vermilion snapper will now be open year-round in state and federal waters of the Atlantic.

Recreational Regulations for state and federal waters of the Atlantic

Vermilion SnapperMin. SizeSeasonBag limitRemarks
State and Federal Atlantic waters 12"

Open year-round. See update above

5 per harvester per day

Not included in Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Captain and crew of for-hire vessels are prohibited from keeping vermilion snapper. NOTE: The Commission voted to remove this prohibition at the February 2014 meeting. This change will go into effect soon. Please check back for more.

Gear rules apply.

Visit the gear rules page for more.

 

*Recreational and commercial fishers in Atlantic waters off Florida are required to use dehooking devices when fishing for reef fish, including snapper. Visit the reef fish gear rules page for more information.

Other Snapper Species

Recreational Regulations for state waters of the Atlantic

Atlantic Snapper (state waters)Min. SizeClosed seasonBag limitRemarks
Black and Wenchman Snapper     Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Cubera Snapper 12" (see remarks)   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate May possess no more than 2 Cubera Snapper over 30' per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less. 30" or larger no included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit
Gray/Mangrove Snapper 10"   5 per harvester/per day Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate
Lane Snapper 8"   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Mutton Snapper 16"    Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Schoolmaster Snapper 10"   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Snapper, other 12"   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate

Includes: Blackfin, Dog, Mahogany, Queen, Silk & Yellowtail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Recreational and commercial fishers in Atlantic waters off Florida are required to use dehooking devices when fishing for reef fish, including snapper. Visit the reef fish gear rules page for more information.

 



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