Snapper Rules and Regulations

NEW: At their June meeting, the FWC approved the creation of the Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System, a mandatory requirement for private recreational anglers fishing from a boat to harvest, attempt to harvest, or possess red snapper, gag, greater amberjack, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, almaco jack, red grouper, black grouper, vermilion snapper, or gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico, excluding Monroe County. This requirement becomes mandatory April 1, 2015.


 

 

Red SnapperVermilion SnapperGray Snapper

The FWC manages several species of snapper in Gulf and Atlantic state waters including red, black, wenchman, cubera, gray, lane, mutton, schoolmaster, vermilion, yellowtail and more.

To learn more about the harvest of these species and their management plans, please select which body of water you will be fishing in from the choices below:

*Note: Gear rules are in effect in the Gulf and Atlantic reef fish fishery.


New Federal Regulations

Greater Amberjack: Harvest closes Aug. 25, 2014, and will reopen Jan. 1, 2015. Learn more about the federal closure.Adobe PDF

Gray Triggerfish: Harvest closed May 1, 2014, and will remain closed through Jan. 1, 2015. Learn more about the federal closure. icon_PDF.gif


Federal Recreational Regulations Chart - Snapper

For regulations in state waters visit:

Gulf

Atlantic


Snappers Federal Waters Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters South Atlantic

Red

16" TL 2/person; capt/crew 0 bag

Closed; Season was open June 1, 2014, through June 9, 2014. Learn more.Adobe PDF

1 fish bag limit and no size limit

Closed; Season was open July 11,12, 13; July 18, 19, 20; July 25 and 26. Learn more.

Vermilion*

10" TL;

10/person within 20 reef fish aggregate

12" TL; 5 per person

Lane

8" TL; within 20 reef fish aggregate  8" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate

Gray (Mangrove)

12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate  

Mutton

16" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate  

Yellowtail/Dog/Mahogany

12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate (No Dog or Mahogany) 12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate

Blackfin/Silk/Queen

 within 10 snapper aggregate 12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate

Black

  within 10 snapper aggregate

Wenchman

within 10 snapper aggregate  

Cubera^

12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate 12" TL; 2 per person or vessel if over 30" TL (whichever is less); within 10 snapper aggregate if less than 30" TL

*Vermilion snapper not included in 10 snapper per person daily limit in state and Atlantic federal waters

^Cubera snapper greater than 30" total length not included in 10 snapper per person daily limit in state and Atlantic federal waters

Other Species State Waters Federal Waters Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters South Atlantic
Greater amberjack 1 per person per day; Gulf: 30" FL; Closed June 1 - July 31 in the Gulf;  Atlantic: 28" FL

30" FL; Closed June 1 - July 31; 1 fish per person per day; 0 bag limit for for-hire captain and crew

NEW: Closed Aug. 25, 2014, reopening Jan. 1, 2015

28" FL; 1 fish per person per day
Lesser amberjack 14" - 22" FL Slot Limit; 5 per person with aggregate (includes lesser AJ and banded rudderfish) 14"-22" FL Slot Limit; 5 per person within aggregate (includes lesser AJ and banded rudderfish) Part of the 20 fish snapper grouper aggregate bag limit
Gray triggerfish 14" FL Gulf; 12" FL Atlantic; 2 fish bag limit within 20 reef fish aggregate; June 1 - July 31 closed season

14" FL; 2 fish bag limit within 20 reef fish aggregate; NEW: closed May 1, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015  Learn more about the federal closure. icon_PDF.gif

12" TL; included in the 20 fish snapper grouper aggregate
Hogfish  12" TL; 5 per person per day  
Wreckfish 100 pounds or 2 whole fish (whichever is less)   1 fish per vessel per day; Open July 1 - Aug 31
Reef fish as Bait all fish must be landed in whole condition; legal-sized whole fish may be used as bait but counted against bag limit Use Prohibited must have heads and fins intact through landing

 Additional Snapper Resources

Snapper Descriptions

Links for more information



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