Snapper, Red

Shape

Synonyms

Lutjanus campechanus

Edibility

Excellent, but may contain ciguatera toxin.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Closed Seasons from July 21st, 2019 to July 9th, 2020
    from July 13th, 2020 to July 16th, 2020
    from July 18th, 2020 to July 8th, 2021

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers intending to land this species in Florida are required to sign up as a Florida State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat and are 16 years of age and older. To sign up, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational Red Snapper season is open July 10, 11, 12 & 17, 2020. For more information, see: Red Snapper

    No minimum size limit. A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage

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    Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats: -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters: OPEN Trip Limit: 75-lbs (gw) No minimum size limit
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage. The use of non-stainless steel hooks is required when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. The use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Limited access permit required.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers intending to land this species in Florida are required to sign up as a Florida State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat and are 16 years of age and older. To sign up, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    Private Anglers seasons in federal waters are set by each Gulf State Florida - Open June 11 - July 25, 2020 Alabama - Open Friday - Monday from May 22 - July 19 Mississipi - TBD Louisiana - TBD Texas - TBD To see state regulations: tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs are in your state's waters, then tap Set Location. Confirm state waters are listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant state regulations.

    Red Snapper season for Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels opens 12:01 AM local time on June 1

    For additional information about the red snapper season in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, please see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. ---------------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    13 inch minimum size limit (total length). Managed under an IFQ program. Anyone commercially fishing for red snapper must possess IFQ allocation and follow established protocols.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from July 27th, 2020 to July 30th, 2020
    from August 3rd, 2020 to August 6th, 2020
    from August 10th, 2020 to August 13th, 2020
    from August 17th, 2020 to August 20th, 2020
    from August 24th, 2020 to August 27th, 2020
    from August 31st, 2020 to September 3rd, 2020
    from September 7th, 2020 to September 10th, 2020
    from September 14th, 2020 to September 17th, 2020
    from September 21st, 2020 to September 24th, 2020
    from September 28th, 2020 to October 1st, 2020

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. For more info see 2020 Louisiana Red Snapper Season or Louisiana Red Snapper Season For additional information about the red snapper season in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, please see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational Red Snapper season will be open July 10, 11, 12 & 17, 2020. For more information, see: Red Snapper

    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hook Only

  • Additional Notes
    Private recreational angler red snapper season is open in Texas State Waters (from land to nine nautical miles offshore).
    For more info see TPWD Saltwater Limits. Red snapper may be taken using pole and line, but it is unlawful to use any kind of hook other than a circle hook when using natural bait. For information about Red Snapper regulations in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Additional Notes
    For more information about Mississippi's Red Snapper season see MS Red Snapper. For information about Red Snapper regulations in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

    All vessels (private and for-hire) landing Red Snapper in Mississippi must use TailsnScales.org electronic reporting system regardless of harvest area. There are no exemptions. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) requires one report per trip per vessel. A trip authorization number must be obtained by a representative of each vessel prior to recreationally fishing for Red Snapper. Trip authorization numbers are only valid for 24 hours and must be closed out each time before a new trip number will be issued.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Non-SS Circle Hook

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2020 to May 21st, 2020
    from May 26th, 2020 to May 28th, 2020
    from June 2nd, 2020 to June 4th, 2020
    from June 9th, 2020 to June 11th, 2020
    from June 16th, 2020 to June 18th, 2020
    from June 23rd, 2020 to June 25th, 2020
    from June 30th, 2020 to July 2nd, 2020
    from July 4th, 2020 to June 1st, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Alabama waters will close to private angler and state-licensed charter red snapper fishing effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020. 2020 Alabama Red Snapper Season has been set: Private recreational vessel anglers (including state licensed only for-hire vessel anglers): Harvest of Red Snapper is permitted: Weekends only (Friday-Monday) beginning Saturday, May 22. Weekends are defined as 12:01 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday. Alabama waters will close to private angler and state-licensed charter red snapper fishing effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020. For more info see Alabama Red Snapper FAQs. Harvested red snapper must be reported on one Snapper Check report per vessel trip before fish are landed in Alabama. Possession of red snapper in state waters while the Alabama season is closed is prohibited. Anglers fishing under another state's season must abide by that state's rules and land fish in that state. Individuals on vessels with red snapper may not transit Alabama state waters while the Alabama season is closed. All anglers must have a valid Alabama saltwater fishing license, as required, when in possession of any saltwater fish species in Alabama waters. Free Saltwater Angler Registration is required for all residents 16 and over who take, catch, kill, or possess fish or attempt to catch, kill or possess fish in the saltwater jurisdiction of Alabama. This includes residents who are not required to purchase an annual saltwater license such as those over the age of 64, have a lifetime saltwater license or fish exclusively on a pier that has purchased a pier fishing license. A Reef Fish Endorsement is required for all resident and non-resident anglers 16 years of age and older, and includes disabled, veterans appreciation, 65 and older, lifetime license holders, pier licenses, annual saltwater licenses, trip licenses, commercial fishermen, and charter boats. Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico: Gulf states will set seasons through exempted fishing permits for private anglers. For additional information about the red snapper season in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, please see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Red Snapper are open year round in Georgia State Waters (see http://coastalgadnr.org/fb/rf/regs).
    In Federal waters, the recreational sector will open for harvest on weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on the following days:
    July 12, 13, & 14 – The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, July 12, 2019, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 15, 2019.
    July 19 & 20 – The recreational season opens again at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 19, 2019, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 21, 2019.
    The recreational bag limit will be one red snapper per person per day. This applies to private and charterboat/headboat vessels (the captain and crew on for-hire vessels may retain the recreational bag limit).
    No minimum size limit

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any red snapper. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    Red Snapper are open in Florida Atlantic STATE WATERS (see MyFWC Snapper). The recreational season for red snapper in Atlantic federal waters will be open July 10, 11, and 12, and July 17. The season is open year-round in state waters of the Atlantic, which is from shore to 3 nautical miles. For more information about regulations in Atlantic federal waters, see SAFMC Red Snapper Regulations

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Closed Seasons from July 26th, 2020 to June 10th, 2021

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any red snapper. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    2020 season in Gulf state and federal waters: June 11- July 25 (45 days). For more information about Florida's Red Snapper seasons, see MyFWC Snapper. For more information about Red Snapper regulations in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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