Snapper, Red

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Excellent, but may contain ciguatera toxin.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from July 21st, 2019 to December 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational Red Snapper season is CLOSED. For more information, see: Red Snapper

    No minimum size limit.

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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: CLOSED, effective August 30, 2019. Trip Limit: 75-lbs (gw); No minimum size limit

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to June 1st, 2019
    from August 2nd, 2019 to May 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Private Anglers: Gulf states set seasons through exempted fishing permits. 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, 2019 and Closes 12:01 AM local time on August 2, 2019.

    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 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

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

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hook Only

  • Additional Notes
    Private recreational angler red snapper season in federal waters off the Texas coast will close Wednesday, August 22 and will remain closed until further notice.

    Private recreational angler red snapper season will remain open in Texas State Waters (from land to nine nautical miles offshore).
    For more info see TPWD 2018 Red Snapper Season.

    Hook and line only. It is unlawful to use any kind of hook other than a circle hook when using natural bait.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Non-SS Circle Hook

  • Closed Seasons from August 6th, 2019 to October 3rd, 2019
    from October 7th, 2019 to May 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    2019 Alabama Red Snapper Season has been extended by 3 days! The additional days will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 4, and run until midnight on Sunday, October 6. For more info see Alabama Red Snapper Bonus Days.
    For more Alabama snapper info see Alabama Snapper FAQs.

    NOTE: possession of Red Snapper in Alabama waters when the season is closed is PROHIBITED (this does NOT apply to Federally permitted For-Hire boats during their For-Hire season).
    A person CAN NOT transit Alabama waters with Red Snapper when Red Snapper season is closed (i.e., during week days). For example, if the Florida Red Snapper season is open and Alabama waters are closed, you can not come through Perdido Pass on your way to back to Florida if you possess Red Snapper. Likewise, for those boats leaving Mississippi and fishing in the Gulf Reef Zone, they cannot cut through Alabama waters on their way back in if they possess Red Snapper. Red Snapper must be landed in the State that is open and may not be possessed or transported through waters of states that are not open.
    For more info see Alabama Saltwater Fishing.

    Any red snapper landed in AL needs to be reported by the captain or owner of the vessel prior to landing. Anglers can report their catch online at outdooralabama.com.

    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.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from September 3rd, 2019 to May 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Mississippi's Red Snapper season opened on May 24, 2019 and will close on September 3, 2019. For more info see MS Red Snapper.

    For more information about Red Snapper regulations in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, see GMFMC.

    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: 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: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from November 12th, 2019 to November 14th, 2019
    from November 18th, 2019 to November 21st, 2019
    from November 25th, 2019 to November 28th, 2019
    from December 2nd, 2019 to December 5th, 2019
    from December 9th, 2019 to December 12th, 2019
    from December 16th, 2019 to December 19th, 2019
    from December 23rd, 2019 to December 26th, 2019
    from December 30th, 2019 to June 1st, 2020

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    Effective Friday, November 1, 2019, the recreational red snapper season is open weekends only until further notice. Weekends are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Also, red snapper season will be open Veteran's Day (November 11, 2019).
    For more info see Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Red Snapper.


    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.

    Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip ALSO do not need a permit.

    Gulf states will set Red Snapper seasons for Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters for private anglers through exempted fishing permits. For additional information about the red snapper season in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, please see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from July 21st, 2019 to December 31st, 2019
    from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    For Red Snapper regulations in South Atlantic Federal Waters, see SAFMC Red Snapper Regulations
    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

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • 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 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    Red Snapper are open in Florida Atlantic STATE WATERS (see MyFWC Snapper).

    For Red Snapper regulations in South Atlantic Federal Waters, see SAFMC Red Snapper Regulations

    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: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Closed Seasons from October 1st, 2019 to October 11th, 2019
    from October 14th, 2019 to October 18th, 2019
    from October 21st, 2019 to October 25th, 2019
    from October 28th, 2019 to November 1st, 2019
    from November 4th, 2019 to June 1st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Six additional red snapper fishing days have been added for Florida Gulf State Waters. The season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations will be open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: October 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, and November 2-3!
    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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